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Old 24 Jul 2019, 08:42 am
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Default working around the radiator

Not PT specific, but it could apply.

Replacing a fan assembly in a Neon, I came too close to punching a hole in one of the radiator tubes. Fortunately, I only smashed some fins. This occurred while I was pulling out the fan assembly. The manual says to "carefully remove the fan assembly", you can't. There's always a bunch of hoses, wiring, bad pull angles and whatnot that want to push the fan assembly into the radiator.

Before I put the new fan assembly in, I cut a piece of cardboard to fit between the fan assembly and radiator. That seemed to do the trick as I was able to get the fan assembly back in without damaging the radiator core. It was a bit ticklish to remove the cardboard once the fan was in, but worth the effort.

If I did the job again, I'd slip some cardboard between the fan assembly and radiator before attempting to remove it.

Anyway, just thought I'd share.
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Old 24 Jul 2019, 11:46 am
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Default Re: working around the radiator

I hear people complain about this issue and wonder why it was so easy for me. Then I remember that I removed the intake to swap the gaskets at the same time that I did mine. Much more room that way! I still managed to snap my dipstick, but that is another story!
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Old 24 Jul 2019, 05:38 pm
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Removing the battery and battery support plate made it much easier to replace my radiator fan on both of my Pt Cruisers.
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