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How To Replace Radiator 1992-2001 Chevy Suburban PART 2

Created on: 2010-03-29

Learn how to replace the radiator in your 92-01 Chevy Suburban with this step by step video from 1A Auto. This is part 2.

  1. step 1 :Install the radiator
    • Make sure your radiator is fitted with the correct mounting hardware for your vehicle
    • Slide the radiator down into the engine bay and seat it in its mounts.
    • Plug in all your lines.
    • Tighten the clamps and connections to all of your hoses and lines.
  2. step 2 :Fill your radiator reservoir with anti-freeze.
    • Listen and watch for any leaks.
    • Warm the car up and check all your fluid levels once you have reached operating temperature.
    • Install the radiator fan shroud.
    • Bolt up your skid plate.
    • Take it for a test drive and check all your fluids again.

Tools needed

  • 11/16 Inch Socket


    Socket Extensions

    5/8 Inch Wrench

    Drain Pan

    10mm Socket

    25/32 Wrench


Brought to you by 1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service in the Internet. Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1AAuto. I want to help you save time and money repairing and maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20 plus years experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from 1AAuto.com. The right parts installed correctly, that's going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video.

This is GM Truck install part 2. If you haven't seen part 1, definitely suggest you watch that first and this will make more sense. Now, I've got the area all cleared out. Put the lines back and all lines out of the way. Going to view the rubber mounts grip sits down on two, so just make sure those are in good shape. Just one thing, I'm looking at the radiator. This here corresponds with this and it looks like the radiator came with some adaptor, so I'm actually going to pull those out. Those are probably for an earlier vehicle or something like that. Lower it slowly, in case it catches on one hose here. Now that it's down and in, make sure it's on its mounts here. I've threaded this on, over here on my engine oil cooler lines. Here's my top one. The thread threaded nicely. They're all white anyways. The thread is right in, so here is my top hose and it goes right on. I'll put that clamp on. Basically, what you can see is I've got my hose on and I've got the clamp up at a position where you can get to it, and now we'll do the last thing is to take this oil cooler line, which goes actually back, up and around here. Okay, let me thread that in. I've got this clamp on. I'll tighten this up. I'll tighten this one up. I'll put my line on from the radiator bottle just right here. Okay, I'm going to find that clamp that just fell off, and then I'll tighten this up. I'll tighten that up.

I'll make sure my petcock is all on and tight, and then I'll fill it up with some fluid and make sure it's holding water, and then start it up. Okay, so I've got the new radiator in. I've got my upper transmission line tight, lower transmission line tight. That clamp is on, top clamp is on. Oil cooler line is tight and my lower oil cooler line is tight. Now, word on tightening those. You don't have to get them crazy tight. They actually have o-rings, so you don't want to tighten up too much or you'll just ruin the o-ring. Now, but what I'm going to do is I'm going to fill it up with some fluid and obviously, while we're filling it up, we're just listening, making sure that ... we have to try to get it all in there and make sure that no ... any freeze is dripping anywhere, then we'll get this lower radiator shroud back in place and start it up and warm it up and make sure nothing's leaking. Check the oil. Check the transmission fluid, then I'll actually road test it and make sure it gets nice and hot. Then, once it's all set there, then I'll put the shroud back together and the panel release, and also, I'll kind of clean up the garage here because although you try and catch everything, some of that gets away. Okay, so the antifreeze, we're not recommending any kind at all. We have used Prestone quite a while. It will say premix on it and if it does not say premix, you want to basically make a mix of half water and half antifreeze. Obviously, if your coolant says premix, you don't mix it with any water. Okay, so here we go. We've got fluid in. That's about as full as we need to get. The rest of it we can put into the coolant bottle. Our lower radiator shroud is in place, not held in place yet, but it's not interfering with the fan, so we're going to start it up.

Okay, so radiator's in. We've got oil pressure. That's important. I'm going to back it up a little bit so I can clean up the mess I've made in the garage. So we see, everything is spinning. Right now, there's a little drip right there, but I think that's just some residual stuff. We'll check it out, but it looks good. I'll let it run for a while. Okay, so I just took it out on a little test drive and it's up to operating temperature and I'm looking if the pressure's up yet. There are no real leaks. Just a couple of drops there, which I think is just still all over the spill from when I took the radiator out. Looking up and down the tank, I don't really see anything. Maybe this is leaking a little bit, but no. I think that's just some water on there from when I filled it. So looks like its pretty good. Okay, so we got everything back together, routing this harness right through here. Put the pin back in. Put everything back down in. We've got our 7 bolts all tightened up. We did the two bolts underneath, on the bottom of the shroud, and the skid plate with its four bolts. Took it for a test drive. Nothing is leaking underneath anymore, it all looks good. What I suggest is plan a couple of trips around town. Make sure the car winds up, gets to 200 degrees, and park it, check it. Make sure there's nothing dripping and then go from there. Now, be sure to check out 1AAuto.com. That's where you can get this radiator that fit right in. Everything fit perfectly. Bolted right up. No problems.

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1994 - 1999  GMC  K1500 Truck
1994 - 2000  GMC  K2500 Truck
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