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    a radiator change on a 2.0DTi as mine is starting to leak just want to know the best way of doing it. i have looked in the how 2's but there is nothing there

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    I did intercooler which is just infront of the rad. quite easy just need to get the front end high enough to slide the rad down, otherwise you'll need to remove the bumper, crash bar, aircon rad, intercooler to get to the rad.

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    how high does the car need to be have a set of ramps will that do

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    Ramps not needed, I did mine very quickly and easily (although it's a 1.8 petrol, so might be different)

    Bumper has to come off, but it's a case of a few bolts and clips (don't worry too much about "snapping" the bumper out of it's slot near the wheel arches, you'll think it's gonna break, but it won't!)

    Make sure you tie up the a/c rad etc when the radiator is out, otherwise they hang down and put strain on the pipes etc.

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    I used 12" ramps, that was plenty high enough but my problem was, it wouldn't go up the ramps with the bumper on but i couldn't get the bumper off without it being up the ramps... if you see what i mean

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    Getting the front of the car up is a must, as the Intercooler and rad need to come out from the bottom, as they won't fit through the engine bay.

    I'll try and type up how i did it in my 2.0T later.

    Radiator was from http://www.discount-cooling.co.uk/

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    Right here goes. (no pics)

    First of all you need to jack the front of your car up and sit on axle stands.

    Remove the front bumper There are three torx screws at the front of each wheel arch, two expanding rivets at the top of the bumper and four on the underside.
    Pull out the bumper from each wing (it's clipped in and needs a sharp tug) then the bumper will come away (disconnect the multiplug).

    Remover the expansion cap from the header tank.

    With a small length of hose, connect it to the coolant drain outlet at the bottom left (as you look at it stood at the front of the car) place the other end in a clean container.
    Just by the drain there's a tap, undo it (you'll need pliers) and the coolant will drain out of the radiator.

    Not 100% sure on the configuration of your engine, but you now need to start disconnecting the radiator inlet and outlet hoses, these will be held on with those wonderful compression clips, and they can be a pain to get to, you might find you have slightly more room removing the airbow and intake pipe.

    As the Radiator is bolted to the Intercooler, you need to remove the inlet and outlet pipes from the intercooler, normal Jubilee clips are used on these so easier to get too.
    You also need to remove the pipe that connects to the top of the cooling fan unit.

    The radiator/intercooler/Condenser assembly is sat on two mounts, you need to undo the bolts on these, but NOT fully, just enough to drop the lot down slightly, this will help undoing the next few screws.

    At the top of the AirCon condenser you'll see a torx screw at either end. Undo these and lift the condenser off the clips, using a tie wrap, suspend the condenser out of the way (i used on of the front bumper top fixing holes).

    I then lifted the radiator up out of it's mounting points and pulled the intercooler and radiator towards the front of the car. This angles it so you should be able to get to the two torx screws golding the intercooler to the radiator, undo these and remove the intercooler by lowering out under the car. You may need to remove the two radiator mounts to get it out.

    You should now be left with just the radiator and cooling fan in the front of the car. I found it easier to remove the fan from the rad, drop the rad out under the car and then disconnect the wiring plug and wires from the fan.

    Refitting is the reverse of removal, You can reuse your coolant, but if it is dirty i'd flush out your block (using a hosepipe in the top radiator hose until the water running out the bottom hose is clear, then reverse flush it hose in the bottom hose etc)

    Once refitted, and coolant in the system start the car, but leave the expansion cap off, once the engine gets up to temperature, refit the cap and let it run for a while.
    When the engine has cooled. top up the coolant to the correct level.

    I think that's about it, hopefully will help you.

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    Good guide Keif, pretty much exactly how I did mine.

    Could a friendly mod make Keif's post a how2?

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    Cheers DNS. I'd prefer it with pictures, but didn't take any.

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    New rad has come today so will be doing this over the weekend how much coolant do i need to refill

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