Jeep Cherokee Radiator Replacement Directions

    • 1). Park your Jeep Cherokee on a level surface and turn off the ignition key. Let the vehicle cool completely with the hood raised.

    • 2). Place an adjustable wrench on the negative battery terminal bolt. Turn the wrench counterclockwise to loosen the bolt and remove the cable.

    • 3). Place a drain pan underneath the radiator drain plug. The drain plug is on the bottom, left side of the radiator. Open the drain by turning it one-half turn counterclockwise, and then drain all of the coolant out of the radiator.

    • 4). Insert a flat screwdriver into the worm screw on the upper radiator hose. Turn the screw counterclockwise to loosen the metal band. Pull the upper hose off the radiator. Repeat this process to remove the lower radiator hose.

    • 5). Remove the two bolts on the radiator mounts at the front of the Jeep. Turn each bolt counterclockwise to loosen it, and then pull the bolts straight out of the vehicle. Loosen the bolts on the opposite side of the mounts that attach to the Jeep frame. Turn the radiator brackets outward one-quarter turn to move them out of the way.

    • 6). Remove the two cooling fan bolts attached to the top of the radiator. Set them aside.

    • 7). Place one hand on each side of the radiator and pull it straight up and out of the engine compartment.

    • 8). Slide the new radiator into the front of the vehicle in the same position as the original.

      Attach the bolts on the cooling fan and upper radiator mounts by turning them clockwise until tight.

    • 9). Slide the upper radiator hose onto the top of the radiator and use a screwdriver to tighten the worm screw clockwise on the metal band. Repeat this procedure for the lower radiator hose.

    • 10

      Fill the radiator with 50 percent water and 50 percent antifreeze. Replace the negative battery cable and tighten the bolt in a clockwise direction.

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