Common Questions for Radiator Covers

1. how do i change a radiator on a 1999 buick century? A 99 buick century has a transverse mounted 3.1L or 3.8L V6 front wheel drive motor, so the fan belt has nothing to do with this, the radiator is cooled with electronic fans. First, remove the radiator cover if present, then remove the fan mounting brackets and cooling fan. Next, remove the upper and lower cooling hoses, and if the vehicle is an automatic transmission car, then you need to remove the hard metal automatic transmission fluid cooling lines (there are 2 and are located going into one of the side tanks). you should be free of all obstructions from the radiator, so just remove the radiator mounting brackets and pull the radiator out. If the frame of the car comes over the top of the radiator, it may be necessary to pull the radiator from the bottom of the car, which can be tough to do without ramps or a lift.

Dick Car Guy: You shouldn't give information if you're not sure of the configuration, not every car has a rear wheel drive setup man. ------ 2. do you have to replace the timing cover when replacing a front seal on a 4.3 liter chev. do you pull engine? Certain years of the 4.3 have a plastic timing cover that has bold letters molded on it that states ( I don't remember exactly) "Cover must be not be reused once removed" My 1995 and 1996 4.3's have this type of cover. My 1994 has a reuse-able metal cover.

We have reused several of these "one time use covers" without a problem. You must check for warpage and cracks then we thoroughly clean the block and cover seal area and coat the sealing surfaces with a good quality silicone sealer then reinstall.

No, you don't pull the engine (what a pain) you just pull the radiator and, as mentioned in another answer pull the harmonic balancer with the proper puller. ( I think you can rent one from Auto Zone or whatever "big box" auto parts store you have close by) ------ 3. 2004 chevy malibu, worth to buy, and get fixed???even if i let the shop take care of it all!!!!???(repairable) On a 2004 Malibu classic (bought to fleet in basic terms 04 & 05) and 2004 malibu with 4 cyl, save jogging. On a 2004 malibu with a three.5L V6 (no 3.4L's) and so a ways had no longer considered any issues. FYI, multiple the malibu's, G-6, Montana SV6, Relay, and Uplander with the three.

5L V6, there replaced right into a non secure practices marketing campaign bearing directly to the crankshaft pully no longer torqued good that should reason engine harm equivalent to the engines with timing belts breaking. THe marketing campaign has already expired and in case you probably did get a observe and did no longer get it finished, Gm is only no longer to blame if the engine messes up; the marketing campaign replaced into in basic terms open on a timed technique, believed it expired the two in March or September 2006. because of fact it replaced into no longer secure practices appropriate, too undesirable in case you neglected the open window. ------ 4. How to build and tune passove radiator enclosure? Keep in mind that the passive radiator deals with providing mass of a cone/panel in the place of the mass of air in a port. So you have a lot of options here - and they are all good.

Check this site out...

I linked the passive radiator page, but the entire site is for subwoofer building - which covers bass tuning well. What you need to do is take this step by step. First will be to determine a box volume for your 12" driver. In your case, the Fs of 58Hz with a free air damping/Q of 0.8 is going to dictate a very large enclosure. Your woofer can optimally run as a free air unit, so you don't want to "choke" it too much, in fact you want to pull down the system resonance via the passive radiator.

Do the math, try various port sizes first to see what response curves you get. Then make the switch to passive radiator conversion. You have a lot of options here, there is no definitive answer. But with computer modelling you can try many combinations before you fire up the saw. ------ 5. i have a 99 durango with lukewarm heat issues.? It's getting mighty cold out. What region do you live in, and do you have an aftermarket radiator installed?

The thermostat controls the temperature of the coolant >leaving< the engine, how cool it is coming back in depends on the efficiency of the radiator and outdoor temperature. The coolant leaves the engine at 195, then the radiator drops it down a certain amount based on factors, then passes through the heater core and back to the engine. I replaced the radiator in my Ram Van, and the aftermarket one was twice as thick. The result? During Wisconsin winters, the radiator was cooling it down so much, the heater core had practically nothing to give me. That's why you see some people putting cardboard on their grille. I usually loosen my radiator slightly and cover half of it with a piece of cardboard, then tighten the radiator back down. Be sure to at least keep the bottom 1/3 available, otherwise you risk letting the transmission oil get too hot. ------ 6. My car engine after washing it...Help? You didn't follow the mechanics directions! What ever the green, grease cutting spray stuff was, leaked inside the fittings for the mass air flow sensor, idle air control valve and idle speed control on the throttle body.

If you had listened to what he said which was to wash the engine compartment at a wand type car wash you wouldn't be in this mess.

The only thing you might try is to disconnect the above sensors in at a time and spray the make and female ends with CRC Mass Air Flow Sensor Cleaner let it dry five minutes then spray the male and female connectors with CRC Contact Cleaner. Repeat for each plug-in connector Do not break and of the plastic connecter tabs or you'll really be screwed.

If you read like you listen I don't expect you'll follow the instructions anyway.

. ------ 7. My 2006 Chevy Malibu isn't heating up right..Any suggestions? Sounds like the thermostat needs to be replaced. It is stuck wide open. I think this because the temperature gage does not rise very much. The engine is not getting warm enough to supply enough hot coolant to the heater coil.

Many better thermostats are fail-safe designs that stick wide open when they fail so the engine does not overheat.

Also, if this is a V6 Malibu, there could be air pockets in the cooling system. There is a bleeder valve at a high point of the cooling system, located in a metal pipe above the water pump. With the engine cold, open this valve slowly until coolant comes out. If no coolant comes out, add more coolant to the coolant tank. When coolant starts to come out of the bleeder valve, close the valve. Be careful not to over tighten the valve, they are easy to break. ------ 8. Is a head gasket covered under a motor warranty? Fill the radiator/coolant tank with clean water each and each morning, collectively as the engine remains chilly. force with a delicate touch, and don't exert the motor vehicle. verify your oil dipstick usually for water droplets -- in case you spot any, it potential cracked head or blown gasket. Your motor vehicle is probable super on your makes use of; would not advise long journeys in it, in spite of the indisputable fact that. It won't final continuously, yet ought to limp alongside yet another 12 months or so. while climate starts off getting chilly, word that antifreeze would be critically important. working without sufficient coolant in summer season will over an prolonged time harm water pump bearings, and could enable slightly corrosion, yet your motor vehicle's thus far long previous i would not concern approximately that ------ 9. Green fluid in the reservior,red in the radiator,drove it till the rear of the engine smoked. Whats wrong? Hi.....first things first,,,,,the red antifreeze is most likely Dex Cool coolant made for G.M. vehicles and is an extended life coolant,,,,the green stuff your mechanic put in is your standard coolant and the two should never be mixed....

the smoke that appears from your engine after it has warmed up may be a simple oil leak coming from the valve cover and making its way down to the exhaust manifold and burning off...have it checked

second....if your car is not over heating and you do not need to add coolant on a regular basis you are probably ok...bare in mind that periodically every cars coolant needs to be topped off's a matter of how often you need to do it and how much it takes to fill it is the clue

if you start the car with the radiator cap off and run it a few minutes, it can spurt out do to the expansion of the coolant as it warms up . the same goes for the fine mist you see which is all normal

hope you find this info helpful..... ------ 10. How can I make a window seat out of my radiator? If you go to the HGTV web site, you'll find a lot of info on making radiator covers. Here is a good one:,,HGTV_3445_1384268,00.html Click on the photo to see the video.

But most of the covers HGTV shows aren't strong enough to use as a bench. Instead of just gluing and nailing plywood together to make a box, make a frame out of 2x4's, sturdy enough to sit on... and then attach the plywood to the frame and continue as they show you on HGTV to make it look nice. For the front, the frame would look like a rectangular letter A -- with the bottom horizontal piece raised off the floor a few inches. When you make the frame, use long screws, and drill them in diagonally after clamping the pieces together and drilling pilot holes. You want to put the sscrews in diagonally so you won't be screwing into end grain, which has no strength.

The HGTV pages will give a lot of ideas for moldings. For the ventilated parts, you can use strips of wood, metal grid, or even caning like that used for chair seats.. ------ 11. My 04 Impala radiator won't stay topped off with coolant though the resevoir has coolant? You could have a phantom leak. I've had this happen.

My Jeep was getting low on coolant for a long time and I could never find the leak.

One day, while I was doing something under the hood with the engine running, I noticed a small spray coming from the thermostat housing. It was blowing directly into the fan and dissapating so as to be invisible. There was never any steam.

I came to understand that the problem was that when the Jeep was running and the coolant was under pressure, it was being forced out of a pinhole sized opening in the gasket on the thermostat housing.

There was never sufficient quantity of coolant loss to be visible either when driving, or when idling or stopped. That's why I was never able to see the leak.

When I removed the thermostat cover and applied sealant to the gasket, the problem went away.

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