How to Replace a Radiator (Complete Guide)

  • Published: 22 August 2018
  • Leaking Radiator? Learn how to replace a radiator in your car or truck. Radiator replacement is easy and I show you how to replace your radiator hoses, thermostat, water pump and coolant.

    How to Super Flush your Cooling System:

    CarQuest LIFETIME warranty Radiator:
    Hose Clamps:
    Radiator Hoses:
    No Spill Funnel:
    Flare-nut Wrenches:

    Thanks Advance Auto Parts for providing the radiator and supporting cooling system parts so I could make the video!

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Comments • 6 081

  • ChrisFix
    ChrisFix   1 years back

    Get your daily "FIX" here on Instagram (like the turbo kit I am about to post):

    Also, I got another discount code for 25% off your entire order from Advance Auto... Use code "RADIATOR" for 25% off anything (not just radiators). I got that code for you guys and for myself lol... I dont make any money off of it and the idea is to try to make fixing your car even more affordable, so put it to good use!!!

    • Louman 75
      Louman 75  2 days back

      ChrisFix what radio head do you have? Because I really want to do a stereo swap.

    • pizzza 456
      pizzza 456  2 weeks back

      Why dont you buy honda integra dc5 type r it's such a good car

    • Themachine
      Themachine  4 months back

      Is it true that before turning the heat full blast u should wait for the fan to start?

      ALBERT ALBERT  8 months back


    • Hudson Casement
      Hudson Casement  9 months back

      Thx for the tip

  • Ken Cooley
    Ken Cooley  1 days back

    I already replaced my radiator and I still decided to watch this

  • Khalid Alaa
    Khalid Alaa  2 days back

    Thanks alot your all videos helped me sooo much; i have a question, i hear water running from the dashboard specially in the morning when i first drive my car specially while stepping on the gas pedal it disappears after a while when the car is at normal running tempreature, plus there is no leakage visible by eye; what would be this ?

    • Clout King
      Clout King  4 days back

      Lmao imma poison someone with the cooling fluid put it in someone gator raid

      • Aled Davies
        Aled Davies  4 days back

        Why do Americans love automatic transmissions ?

        • Kikoman Dragon
          Kikoman Dragon  11 hours back

          I have an answer, either we Americans are either too lazy or scared to learn. Video tutorial on driving stick?

          I already know how to drive stick. But I will watch your video anyway

        • ChrisFix
          ChrisFix   4 days back

          That’s a good question,

      • dank drifter
        dank drifter  5 days back

        1 Like = 1 nut for the poor chipmunk

        • Adria
          Adria  6 days back

          nice video.

          • neo0501
            neo0501  6 days back

            How tight do hose clamps have to be in foot pounds?

            • Scottie Pippen
              Scottie Pippen  1 weeks back

              When you removing the nuts, do you go clockwise or anticlockwise

              • d k
                d k  1 weeks back

                I am the orginal ower 13 year old suv. I changed the coolant at the recommend interval but now my radiator is corroding. I park it outside, plus the place I live in is Canada?

                • Persik
                  Persik  1 weeks back

                  Наконец то нормально тип расказывает не то что наши недоблогеры

                  • Joshua F
                    Joshua F  2 weeks back

                    "this whole assembly will come out. and you can transplant it onto the new one"

                    *_casually breaks part of the bracket putting it back on the radiator_*

                    • MetallicaFan81
                      MetallicaFan81  2 weeks back

                      Chris, I remember you saying it takes 10.2 Qts bc you have A/C. You confused me saying 9.5 bc that’s w/o A/C for a 3.0

                      • youtubesavs
                        youtubesavs  2 weeks back

                        Ive been watching you for awhile. But congrats to you because I would be cussing and screaming Because of rusty stuff or trying to get stuff off

                      • 5G THUNDER
                        5G THUNDER  2 weeks back

                        Should have replaced that idler while you were replacing the water pump and tensioner

                        • Android602715
                          Android602715  2 weeks back

                          Goddamnit, i went from looking at coilovers, to now knowing how to install coilovers, intake manifolds, exhaust, transmission, clutch/flywheel/pressure plate, and the radiator. I now know a second use for bread😂

                          • Desmo937
                            Desmo937  2 weeks back

                            Hey Chris!
                            Im saving right now to buy my dream-first-car, an e46 bmw coupe, and im watching basically all of your videos to get knowledge and fix things on my future car by myself :D you are entertaining and a great teacher
                            Greetings from germany

                            • abyogi Channel
                              abyogi Channel  2 weeks back

                              Who is the YouTube fixer? That is Chris fix
                              Who bought all this car for you? That is YouTube earnings 😂

                            • Retro PC User
                              Retro PC User  2 weeks back

                              Hey ChrisFix. Have you worked on a car that has an odd cooling system design, such as a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue that has no radiator cap, with the exception of the air bleed screw above the lower radiator hose? My car has air in the system and I cannot find a way to purge out the air and I'm going to change the t-stat assembly (housing, t-stat, and gasket for the housing) and possibly replace the water pump, however, I'm afraid I might break the bolt heads off since they were touched once when the engine was assembled.

                              • The Seventh Day
                                The Seventh Day  3 weeks back

                                My radiator cap is like stuck on zi can’t get it off lol

                                • Anonymous Caveman
                                  Anonymous Caveman  3 weeks back

                                  hey, Just wanted to say I love your content and even though a lot of the videos I watch on your channel I don't need to fix, I really enjoy watching your content. It might be the Asperger but I find the way you talk bout cars and there workings is so very enjoyable to listen to. I also love the fact you talk to your audience and not down to us. with that I wish you the best and look forward to watching more content of yours :) Love from the UK!

                                • DORKUCHO TANIHU
                                  DORKUCHO TANIHU  3 weeks back

                                  It's very INTERESTING to watch you explain into details about you us to do .You are very good I your cars and truck are in very good condition at all times. I am learning from you one video at a time. THANKS

                                  • Samuel Dariush Sohrabizadeh 8D Tranbjergskolen

                                    Do you come from Denmark

                                    • diegong bayong
                                      diegong bayong  3 weeks back

                                      i highly disagree on that little hole on the thermostat.. 1 your correct about nit having a over heat.. but when winter time comes your heater will blow cold air cause the temp will go down to the cool side

                                      • JP-S
                                        JP-S  3 weeks back

                                        Hey Guys! Chris Fix here,
                                        Today I am going to teach you how to rebuild a GE9X engine with COMMON hand tools in your DRIVEWAY!

                                        • Soltra45
                                          Soltra45  3 weeks back

                                          17:21 the forbidden mtn dew

                                          • Afrim 1337
                                            Afrim 1337  3 weeks back

                                            Greek captions doesent work everyone like so I can get help as well..please.

                                            • Aloysius Pendergast
                                              Aloysius Pendergast  3 weeks back

                                              i came here after i had my radiator replaced :( but I still enjoy your videos and your furry friend in the background

                                              • ChrisFix
                                                ChrisFix   3 weeks back

                                                Darn, well at least you know now!

                                            • Isaiah Murray
                                              Isaiah Murray  3 weeks back

                                              Thank you Chris fix it 🤙🏾

                                              • Zafran Zaidi
                                                Zafran Zaidi  4 weeks back

                                                Thank you..

                                                • Wid Meets Life
                                                  Wid Meets Life  4 weeks back

                                                  I am an auto mechanic student and I was looking for Auto Repair youtube channels when I found yours. Oh Boy! You have so much energy bro. thanks.

                                                  • Old account C:
                                                    Old account C:  4 weeks back

                                                    I changed my radiator and imma be real with u... it was much more difficult than this. It was in my chevy malibu. Compact af.

                                                    • Jaden mafukidze
                                                      Jaden mafukidze  4 weeks back


                                                      • Edin Asanovski
                                                        Edin Asanovski  1 months back

                                                        I don't even have a car, but It's satisfying af to watch

                                                        • Antonio Bennett
                                                          Antonio Bennett  1 months back

                                                          You mentioned heater core but didnt include inspecting those hoses

                                                          • Michael Hill
                                                            Michael Hill  1 months back

                                                            Awesome video dude helped me out heaps keep up tye great work 😁

                                                            • Tarifa Sultana
                                                              Tarifa Sultana  1 months back

                                                              hi Chris, have u got any video related to Citroen, pls. thanks

                                                              • Israel Trejo
                                                                Israel Trejo  1 months back

                                                                Thanks ChrisFix for all your help. Very good videos. Thanks to you. Now I am working on my cars. Saving a lot. With out paying someone else to do the work.

                                                                • Maicol Rivera
                                                                  Maicol Rivera  1 months back


                                                                  • WhistlinSisters
                                                                    WhistlinSisters  1 months back

                                                                    ChrisFix could you give me a link or name for the radio that you have in your truck?

                                                                    • DeathSquad 47
                                                                      DeathSquad 47  1 months back

                                                                      I like watching your videos they remind me of the training I’m not putting to use lol hopefully soon I’ll be doing this daily

                                                                    • Rob Boutin Jr
                                                                      Rob Boutin Jr  1 months back

                                                                      In 2013 I needed to replace the radiator on my 2000 Neon because it was leaking at the top. Since I only just started working on vehicles it was a learning experience. It took me a few hours so not to bad, but when I removed a line I had no idea why black oil was pouring out. It was the transmission fluid going to the radiator to be cooled which I had no idea about. Good thing I did that because the fluid was very burnt lol. I learned so much on that car. My brothers 2001 Neon needed a radiator in 2015 or 2016. Did that far faster than mine lol.

                                                                    • Beta Test
                                                                      Beta Test  1 months back

                                                                      I have watched so many of your videos now I am pretty sure I could build a car at this point

                                                                      • Whitney D.
                                                                        Whitney D.  1 months back

                                                                        Free nuts!

                                                                        • Gaming Cool
                                                                          Gaming Cool  1 months back

                                                                          Dude just put something on there some sticky band or somethin

                                                                          • Dillon Doss
                                                                            Dillon Doss  1 months back

                                                                            Is it pretty for you to do a video on adding a transmission radiator? I have a jeep compass and the transmission overheats during hot summer days and it's a pain.

                                                                            • cesar rodriguez
                                                                              cesar rodriguez  2 months back

                                                                              U are really good any comments in 2012 nissan maxima

                                                                              • Veni Vidi Vici
                                                                                Veni Vidi Vici  1 months back

                                                                                cesar rodriguez Nissan is junk man. Too many issues mechanically.

                                                                            • Desi Car Guy PK
                                                                              Desi Car Guy PK  2 months back

                                                                              How can the airbags go off if no ones in the car or at least worn a seatbelt? Airbags do not go off without seat belts
                                                                              But what are your suggestions Chris ?