'91 Accord Radiator Removal

Discussion in 'Accord' started by Phil, May 10, 2004.

  1. Phil

    Phil Guest

    The top plastic tank on my '91 Accord has cracked. Getting the radiator out
    does not appear to be all that easy. Can anyone give me some guidance on
    removal? The car is an LX model, with A/C.

    Thank you,

    - Phil
    Phil, May 10, 2004
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    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    My '92 is the same. I have a 5spd, so your results may be different.
    The radiator lifts out with the fans attached. Hardest part is
    disconnecting the wire harnesses. Take the lower hose loose at the
    thermostat housing, and snake it out with the radiator. Watch where it
    goes, so you can thread it back in.
    Move the needed parts from old to new on the work bench. BE CAREFUL not
    to over tighten the bolts that hold the fans to the radiator frame. On
    some radiators, the 'nut' for the bolts is soldered to the radiator, and
    is easy to twist off.
    The Haynes manual is a good one for this job if you need pictures.
    N.E.Ohio Bob, May 10, 2004
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    Ricky Guest

    Ditto on the Haynes manual for this car and job. I thought this job was so
    easy that I have almost no recollection of it. I have the 5 spd too so don't
    know if that would make a difference.
    Ricky, May 10, 2004
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    Richard Guest

    The top of my radiator had a hairline crack just about the length, so
    I tried to fix it with epoxy, but it never held. Too big of a crack.
    So I just finished replacing the radiator in my 92 Accord with AC and
    automatic. I have the Accord Honda manual. However, the manual did
    not say how to do it, only showed a picture of the parts removed and
    where they go. This was still helpful.

    It took me a while. The hardest thing was to find the right tool to
    remove the big clamps because of the lack of room. Slowly but surely,
    I got each clamp off. Not much room to maneuver. When you disconnect
    the transmission lines, you will lose fluid that's in the hose, but
    that's all. The AC suction line is in the way, so you don't have much

    Getting the electrical connections off on the driver side fan was
    hard. There are two connectors. One to the fan, and one to somewhere
    else. The passenger side fan is easy. Pull the radiator out with the
    fans on it. The passenger fan will hit the AC hose, so you have to
    move it out of the way. Naturally you have to remove the tie down on
    the AC line.

    Getting hoses back on is easy. Be sure that the clamps pressed on the
    hose close to the same way. My job leaked on the top hose, but I
    reoriented it and it's OK.

    I bought a $100 aluminum radiator and the fins are very, very easy to
    bend if you happen to hit them with a wrench or pliers. I was going
    to buy the Denso for $220, but decided against it. I'm selling the
    car soon. The original Denso must have been copper because it was
    twice the weight of the aluminum one.

    good luck. If you need more info, post.
    Richard, May 11, 2004
  5. Phil

    Phil Guest

    I got the radiator out using your instructions. I could not even begin to
    get to the lower clamp on the radiator, so disconnected the other end, and
    pulled the radiator out with hose attached. This was not easy, but easier I
    think than trying to fight with that lower clamp. I bought new screw type
    clamps to make the installation go easier. The shop just put on a
    replacement top tank and had it back to me in 2-1/2 hours for $125. The
    wiring connectors on the driver side are a pain, but after some scratches on
    my hands and arms, got those off. The A/C hose was in the way, especially
    with me dragging the lower radiator hose out with the radiator.

    Your tips helped. Thanks. Now, I just hope I can get it back together with
    a little less effort.

    - Phil
    Phil, May 12, 2004
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