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How to Replace Radiator 97-01 Toyota Camry

Created on: 2016-08-19

Check out this video to learn how to replace the radiator in your 97-01 Toyota Camry. 1A Auto shows you the steps to do it yourself!

  1. step 1 :Removing the A/C Condenser Fan and Cooling Fan
    • Disconnect the A/C Condenser fan wiring harness
    • Pry out the coolant temp sensor harness and its retainer from the fan
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts at the top of the fan
    • Lift the A/C condenser fan up and out
    • Disconnect the cooling fan's wiring harness
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts at the top of the fan
    • Pull the fan up and out
  2. step 2 :Disconnecting the Coolant Temp Sensor
    • Disconnect the coolant temp sensor wiring harness at the bottom of the radiator
    • Pry out the retainer holding the connector to the radiator
    • Lay the harness off to the side
  3. step 3 :Draining the Coolant
    • Remove the radiator cap
    • Jack up and secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the six 10mm bolts from the skid plate
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Unscrew the drain plug
    • Let the coolant drain
    • Tighten the drain plug
    • Bring the drain pan over to the bottom radiator hose
    • Compress the spring clamp and move it back with pliers
    • Twist and work the radiator hose off the radiator
  4. step 4 :Disconnecting the Transmission Cooler Lines
    • Make note of the left and right cooler lines
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Compress the spring clamp and slide it back with pliers
    • Carefully twist the hose off
    • Pinch one end while you remove the hose
    • Quickly hold the hose up while the coolant drains
    • Tuck the hose up behind something to keep it from dripping
    • Place a finger of an old rubber glove over the stud to keep fluid from draining
    • Repeat the process for the other side
  5. step 5 :Removing the Radiator
    • Remove the expansion tank hose from the radiator
    • Remove the upper radiator hose from the radiator
    • Remove the two 12mm bolts on the upper radiator support
    • Lift the radiator up and out of the vehicle
  6. step 6 :Preparing the Radiator
    • Transfer the rubber bushings from the old radiator over to the new one
    • Transfer the coolant temp sensor over to the new radiator with an 19mm wrench
    • Remove the plug on the new radiator with an 8mm Allen key
    • Inspect the coolant temp sensor O-ring's condition
    • Install the coolant temp sensor into the new radiator with a 19mm wrench
    • Remove the caps and plus
  7. step 7 :Installing the Radiator
    • Insert the radiator down into place
    • Reinstall the upper radiator support
    • Tighten the two 12mm bolts on the upper radiator support
    • Reinstall the expansion tank hose
    • Reinstall the upper radiator hose
    • Reinstall the transmission cooler lines
    • Reinstall the lower radiator hose
    • Line up the skid plate
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the skid plate
  8. step 8 :Reinstalling the A/C Condenser Fan and the Cooling Fan
    • Reconnect the coolant temp sensor wiring harness
    • Insert the A/C condenser fan tino place
    • Press the coolant temp sensor's harness retainer into the A/C condenser fan
    • Reconnect the fan's wiring harness
    • Repeat the process for the cooling fan
    • Tighten the four 10mm bolts to the fans
  9. step 9 :Refilling the Coolant
    • Place a funnel in the radiator
    • Fill the radiator with Toyota approved coolant 50/50 mix with water
    • Run the vehicle up to operating temperature and run the heat fan at the lowest speed setting
    • Top off the coolant if necessary
    • Top off the expansion tank if necessary
    • Turn up the fan speed and check for heat
    • Reinstall the radiator cap
    • Drive the vehicle to ensure coolant is cycling properly

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools


    Jack Stands

    Drain Pan

    Floor Jack

  • Hex Wrenches

    8mm Allen Wrench

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies


  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Slip-Joint Pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    12mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

    19mm Wrench

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of Thanks.

In this video, we're going to be working with our 1998 Toyota Camry that has the 2.2-liter 4 cylinder. We'll be replacing the radiator. If you like this information, please click subscribe. We have a ton more information on this vehicle, as well as many other makes and models. If you want this part for your car, it's available from You can follow the description in the link.

Here are items you'll need for this repair include a 10mm, 12mm, ratchet, socket, socket extension, 19mm wrench, 8mm allen key, slip jaw pliers, flat blade screwdriver, drain bucket, funnel, antifreeze, coolant, jack, and jack stands.

Open the hood and secure the hood properly. Your A/C condenser fan is the smaller of your two fans at the back of your radiator located on the driver side. We'll disconnect the electrical connector here: push down on this tab, and pull out. We'll have to remove the harness for the cooling temp sensor here. Just use a flat blade screwdriver to prior out plastic retainer, and unclip the harness from the clips located along the side of the fan. Remove these two 10 millimeter bolts at the top of the radiator with the 10 millimeter socket ratchet. Lift up to release the tabs at the bottom of the radiator, and we'll move the fan over to the side here, and pull it out to the top.

Remove the electrical connector for the cooling fan, and the two 10 millimeter bolt at the top with the 10 millimeter socket ratchet. Bring the fan back, lift up, and remove it from the top. Disconnect the electrical connector at the bottom of the radiator. Use a flat blade screwdriver to ply out this retainer here. Lay this harness up to the side, and remove the radiator cap to allow the radiator to drain properly. We've put our vehicle on a lift to make it easier to film for you, but this job can be easily done with a Jack and Jack stand.

We'll have to remove this skid plate here on the bottom of the radiator so we can drain it and access the hoses on the bottom. Ours has six 10mm bolts. Your vehicle may have more, but we're missing an inner fender weld on the driver's side and several other pieces of hardware. The inner fender weld on the driver's side will be removed the same way the passenger is. You'll need a 10mm socket and ratchet. When removing the last bolt, you'll have to support the skid plate with your other hand. Remove the skid plate and place it off to the side.

We've placed the drain bucket underneath our radiator drain here, which is located about three quarters all the way over to the driver side. We'll unscrew that and allow our coolant to drain. To prevent from making a mess, we're going to go ahead and close off the drain on our radiator now that it's done dripping. Wipe off the bottom, and we'll relocate it under our bottom radiator hose over here on the passenger side. Using a pair of slip jaw pliers, we'll compress the spring clamp, move it back, open our pliers, and carefully twist the bottom radiator hose to free up all the corrosion that's in there we'll work it off the bottom of the radiator. Fortunately no fluid came out, but we keep the drain bucket under there just to be safe.

Now, we'll remove the transmission cooler line from the bottom. Some transmission fluids is going to come out of these. You want to remove them quickly, and then bring them up over their highest point, and tuck them behind something to secure them up out of the way and keep them from dripping.

Compress the spring clamp, carefully grab the hose with your pliers. We'll twist it to get all that corrosion out of there. I'm going to try to pinch one end with my hand while I remove the other end of the hose. Now, there will be something that comes out of the radiator, but the faster we get this hose clamped off and up high, the less it's going to drip. To contain the mess while we continue working and eventually remove our radiator, I've cut the finger off an old robber glove. We're going to place that around the line using zip tie round behind the barb where we would clamp our hose on. Pull that down nice and tight, keep that fluid from draining out and making a mess while we finish working on our radiator.

We'll move our drain bucket under the other transmission cooler line, be sure to make note of which is right and left. We will remove it the same way we did our first one. Now, we are ready to lower our vehicle down and work on the top side of our radiator. We'll remove the spring clamp on the expansion tank hose. Remove that hose, place it off to the side for now. We use our slip jaw pliers to release the clamp on the upper radiator hose. Bring that back and open them up. Again, it's going to carefully twist it to free up bad corrosion. We've placed the drain bucket underneath in case some fluid comes out of here. We've placed that hose off to the sides as well. We'll move these two twelve millimeter bolts on the upper radiator supports here. Once those are out of the way, our radiator will be free, and we can lift it up and out of the vehicle.

I’m using the 12 millimeter socket and ratchet with an extension just to give us a little more room. Once they're unbolted, this mounts simply lift off the radiator. Lift up and remove the radiator. We still have the drain bucket underneath because we may have some fluid coming out. We try to keep it tilt toward you this way. It should keep most of that fluid in there.

Here we have our old radiator that we removed from our ‘98 Camry and our new part from As you can see, we have all the same fittings. The bottom left, the transmission cord fitting is bent a little different, but that shouldn't be a problem. We have the same drain, it comes with a new plug, same mount on the bottom, all the same fittings and fan mounting locations. We will need to reuse our old radiator cap and our old coolant temp sensor, as well as the rubber bushings down here for the lower radiator mounts.

Radiators are in a very delicate place. Being in the front of the vehicle, they can get road debris kicked up at them. It can break these plastic tanks or using too much water in your coolant can cause these to freeze and crack, but things can become bent and damaged, not allowing proper flow across the radiator, or, if it gets too hot, these tanks can also melt down, among a number of other problems and ailment. If your old radiator has become cracked, melted, broken or it's leaking in anyway, this new part from 1A Auto is going to go in direct fit, just like your original equipment, and fix you upright.

We'll use a flat blade screwdriver to work this rubber bushings off the bottom of our radiator. We use a 19 millimeter wrench to remove our coolant temp sensor. We use an 8 millimeter Allen key to remove this plug, temporarily filling the hole that our coolant temp sensor will go into. Inspect the condition of the O-ring on the cooler temp sensor. Be sure that it’s dry rotted and that it is free of any cracks or nicks for re-installing into the new radiator.

I’m tightening with the 19 millimeter wrench. We'll install the rubber bushings on to the bottom. They'll simply pop on. We're to remove all of our cups and plugs, and our radiator is ready to go back into our vehicle. Two large holes cut out in the bottom of the radiator’s support, as they are for these rubber bushings that we moved over from our old radiator. Be sure to set both of those into their proper locations.

Re-install the upper radiator supports. Hook them into their slots at the back. Reinstall your two 12 millimeter bolts for the socket and ratchet. Reinstall the expansion tank hose, and remember to squeeze together the spring clamp. Always inspect these style spring clamps, as well when re-installing, as over time they can become rusted and snap or stretched out and not hold the tension well, at which point you should replace them with screw type clamp. Ours look good, so collapse them back down, slide our hose on, and release them back into pace.

Bring down our transmission cooler. Remember to keep this pinched off to keep it from leaking. Install them over our transmission cooler fittings on the bottom of my new radiator. Inspect the clamp, it looks good. We'll collapse it, put it back into place. Repeat these steps with the other transmission cooler as well as the bottom radiator hose. Be sure to keep a drain bucket underneath when re-installing the hoses, as they may still have some fluid in them.

Line up your skid plate, and start your 10mm bolt. I like to start in the center because it keeps it balanced. We'll start the rest of the bolts by hand to ensure that it's lined up properly before tightening it down with our 10mm socket and ratchet.

Place a funnel in the radiator and then fill it with proper Toyota-approved coolant, mixed 50/50 with water. Once it's full, we'll start the vehicle, let it run and get up to operating temperature, at which point the thermostat will open and allow air to bleed out of the system. We'll top off the coolant if necessary.

Start your vehicle, turn the heat on to the lowest fan speed setting and wait for the temperature to come back up to operating temp. You can see the air bleeding out of the system here. Once the system is properly bled, you should see a full coolant level inside of the radiator. Top off your expansion tank if necessary. Turn up the fan speed and ensure that the heat is working properly in your vehicle. Reinstall your radiator cap and drive it to ensure proper function of the cooling system. Be sure to monitor the temperature gauge and the heat to make sure that coolant is cycling properly.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Funnel
  • Jack Stands
  • Drain Pan
  • Floor Jack

  • Hex Wrenches

  • 8mm Allen Wrench

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Anti-Freeze

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Slip-Joint Pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 12mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 19mm Wrench

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