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Old 01-21-14, 06:03 PM   #1
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Default Looking for Radiator install DYI

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New to the forum and first post. Looking for a DIY on radiator install on a 2004 rx330 japan,no tow. Hoping to help my daughter save some bucks . Can anybody in the big wide world of Club Lexus help me on this one?
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Old 01-21-14, 07:05 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, eekin80, no DIY has been posted for such work on a 2nd Generation RX. You might try your local library to see if they have a Chilton or Haynes repair manual.

And perhaps you could be the person who posts a writeup on this.
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Old 01-21-14, 08:35 PM   #3
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DRAIN ENGINE COOLANT
REMOVE ENGINE UNDER COVER NO.1
REMOVE AIR CLEANER INLET NO.2
REMOVE AIR CLEANER ASSY
REMOVE AIR CLEANER BRACKET
REMOVE AIR CLEANER INLET NO.1
DISCONNECT RADIATOR HOSE INLET
DISCONNECT RADIATOR HOSE OUTLET
DISCONNECT OIL COOLER INLET TUBE NO.1
DISCONNECT OIL COOLER OUTLET TUBE NO.1

SEPARATE HOOD LOCK ASSY
REMOVE RADIATOR SUPPORT SUB-ASSY UPPER

Remove the bolt and separate the suction tube bracket.
Disconnect the horn connectors.
Remove the 5 bolts and the radiator upper support.
REMOVE FAN SHROUD

Disconnect the engine coolant reservoir hose.
Disconnect the fan motor connectors.
Remove the 4 bolts and the fan shroud.

REMOVE RADIATOR SUPPORT SUB-ASSY LH

Remove the 3 bolts and the radiator support upper LH.
Using a screwdriver, remove the cap.
Remove the 2 bolts and nut, and separate the hood lock.
REMOVE RADIATOR SUPPORT SUB-ASSY RH

Remove the 3 bolts and the radiator support upper RH.
REMOVE NO.2 RADIATOR ASSY

Remove the 4 bolts.
Lift the radiator, then remove it.

INSTALL NO.2 RADIATOR ASSY Torque: 5.0 Nm (51 kgf-cm, 44 inch lbs.)
INSTALL RADIATOR SUPPORT SUB-ASSY LH Torque: 5.0 Nm (51 kgf-cm, 44 inch lbs.)
INSTALL RADIATOR SUPPORT SUB-ASSY RH Torque: 5.0 Nm (51 kgf-cm, 44 inch lbs.)
INSTALL FAN SHROUD Torque: 13.5 Nm (138 kgf-cm, 10 ft. lbs.)



INSTALL RADIATOR SUPPORT SUB-ASSY UPPER

Install the 5 bolts and the radiator upper support. NOTICE: Secure the upper member with retaining claws of the radiator upper support. Torque: 7.8 Nm (71 kgf-cm, 62 inch lbs.)
Connect the horn connector.
Install the suction tube bracket with the bolt Torque: 9.8 Nm (100 kgf-cm, 7 ft. lbs.)

INSTALL HOOD LOCK ASSY Torque: 8.0 Nm (82 kgf-cm, 71 inch lbs.)
INSTALL AIR CLEANER INLET NO.1
INSTALL AIR CLEANER BRACKET
INSTALL AIR CLEANER ASSY
INSTALL AIR CLEANER INLET NO.2
ADJUST HOOD SUB-ASSY
ADD ENGINE COOLANT
CHECK FOR ENGINE COOLANT LEAKS
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Old 01-22-14, 04:19 PM   #4
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Really nice write up. Thanks alchemist. Hoping to dig into this next weekend and will post an update.
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Take pics, where in TN are you? I'm in nashville
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Alchemist, sorry for the slow response. I'll take some pics and add them to the write up. Gonna do the thermostat too as it only makes sense since I'm already in there. Hope to dig into it this weekend. I've been in Music City for close to 30 years. Bought this RX new mainly as a daily driver for my wife and safe trainer for my kids. Wife had it part of a year and kids have had it since. Three kids, 4 years of high school and 6 years of college and it shows but everything on it still works and it runs really well. It also kept a car load of kids from getting hurt in a bad wreck in 05. Safe car, one of the best cars I've owned and my youngest still uses it.
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Great write-up! Just replaced my radiator - rx330 2004. Pretty straight forward. Lower mount screw rusted and I could not get out. Two screws on each corner connect radiator to mount. Each mount has one screw through AC condenser coil (from front of car). I was able to remove bolts from 2 AC hard lines to AC condenser that allowed me to lift both units and slide bottom towards engine. This gave me direct access to radiator screws from bottom of car and I was able to remove. Sewell Lexus radiator, hoses and clamps excellent and cost-effective.
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