How do you remove the radiator in a 1997 Chrysler T&C 3.3L
Purchase a service manual, such as Haynes, and follow the instructions under “radiator removal.” It will tell you, step-by-step, what to do.
you use tools and elbow grease. No really, if you have the manual, without which no amature such as you or I should be doing anything to a vehicle, it will tell you just what to remove, and in what order to do it. You do have to drain the coolant into a closeable container to prevent the poison (glycol)that is in it from getting into critters such as cats, dogs and kids. Anyway this is not the hardest do it yourself job you will encounter now that you have chosen to become a shade tree mechanic. good luck with this.
A manual is the way to go.
Autozone’s websites have online bare-bones type repair info. It should give you the basic steps. You need to register & plug the car’s info in.
I will ask that you take a look at hose clamp type as that may be the toughest issue. Probably the easiest for the DIYer is the screw type with any spring type complicating things.
Locate the radiator…Remove everything that prevents you from lifting it out…The hardest things usually are the transmission cooling lines…
Disconnect negative battery cable from battery. WARNING: DO NOT REMOVE THE CYLINDER BLOCK OR THE RADIATOR DRAINCOCK WITH THE SYSTEM HOT AND UNDER PRESSURE BECAUSE SERIOUS BURNS FROM COOLANT CAN OCCUR .
Drain cooling system.
Remove air intake resonator.
Remove coolant reserve system tank to filler neck tube hose.
Disconnect fans from the connector located on the left side of the fan module.
Remove the Coolant Recovery System (CRS) tank retaining screw from the upper radiator closure panel crossmember.
Disconnect the upper radiator mounting screws from the crossmember. Disconnect the engine block heater wire if equipped.
Remove the upper radiator closure panel crossmember.
Remove air cleaner assembly.
Disconnect automatic transmission oil cooler lines at radiator and plug.
Disconnect inlet and- outlet hoses from the radiator. Remove the lower hose clip from the fan module.
Remove A/C condenser fasteners and separate the condenser from the radiator. Verify the condenser is supported in position.
Remove A/C filter/dryer mounting bracket, 2 bolts to the fan module and 2 nuts to the filter/dryer, remove bracket.
Radiator can now be lifted free from engine compartment. Care should be taken not to damage radiator cooling fins or water tubes during removal.