PT Cruiser Radiator Emigration
Chrysler's PT Cruiser uses a one-row, plastic finned radiator designed to prevent untimely corrosion. Older radiators used metal fins, wound up which the radiator fluid passed buttoned up and was cooled. The disadvantage to these radiators was that the metal fins were prone to corrosion, and the radiator had to be cleaned, or "rotted elsewhere." The PT Cruiser's plastic fins cause not corrode, however can metamorphose clogged. When this occurs, the radiator must be replaced, because a traditional cleaning would melt the plastic fins. Replacement begins with Emigration.
Draining the Radiator
Before draining the radiator, grant the engine extent to biting, as broiling radiator fluid Testament be pressurized within the radiator and the fluid can easily burn skin. Unlike most radiators, where the radiator cap is located on top of the radiator, the PT Cruiser's radiator cap is mounted on top of the engine. Hint the upper radiator hose to the engine to place the cap. Remove the radiator cap, then put a arrest pan underneath the radiator. At the design of the radiator, on the Chauffeur's side, is a unmarried plastic extract bolt. Remove this bolt with a wrench and authorize the fluid to extract into the clutch pan. Although not imperative, it is a first-class abstraction to reinstall the filter plug into the radiator to avoid losing it.
Disconnecting the Radiator Hoses
The radiator has two goodly hoses, one at the top of the radiator and one at the backside. Everyone hose is secured to the radiator, and to the engine, with a hose clamp. Owing to the radiator and not the engine Testament be removed, it is not decisive to disconnect the two hoses from the engine. The upper radiator hose is the easier of the two hoses to remove because it is easily accessible. The lower radiator hose must be accessed from underneath the vehicle. For safety purposes, lift the vehicle with a floor jack and lower it onto jack stands before climbing underneath the automobile. Everyone hose is secured to the radiator with a hose clamp. Once the clamp is loosened with a screwdriver, pull Everyone hose off the radiator.
Disconnecting the Fan Assembly
The fan meeting consists of the fan blades, the fan's electrical Engine and the fan shroud. These three components are all bite of a unmarried meeting, drift that the components are not removed separately. Since the fan meeting is held in community against the radiator, the fan Engine should be disconnected fundamental to avoid any damage to the wiring from the weight of the radiator once it is removed. The Engine is located at the centre of the fan blades. Two bolts are located at the top of the meeting, one bolt is located on Everyone side and the remaining two bolts are located at the backside of the meeting. With the bolts removed, the fan meeting can be pulled away from the radiator and out of the engine compartment.
Disconnecting the Transmission Lines and Removing the RadiatorWith the fan assembly and the radiator hoses out of the way, the two transmission cooler lines located at the bottom of the radiator can be removed.
The wiring that powers the Engine exits from the Chauffeur's side of the Engine. Hint the wiring starting at the Engine until a plastic electrical connexion is reached. Pinch the two sides of the connexion and pull the two connexion pieces apart to disconnect the Engine.The fan meeting itself attaches to the radiator with six bolts.
Note that once the lines are removed, a small amount of transmission fluid will likely drip out of the lines and out of the radiator, so the catch pan should be placed underneath the lines. The lines attach to the radiator with an integral nut. These lines are easily bent and expensive to replace, and should not be disconnected with a standard wrench. Instead, use a flare-nut wrench. Finally, the radiator itself is held within the engine bay with 12 bolts, six on each side. Remove the bolts and pull the radiator out of the engine bay.