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Old 08-28-2012, 06:18 AM
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Hello. I have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. From what I can tell, in order to replace the radiator, I need to disconnect the transmission cooler lines. However, from looking at the cooler lines, they appear difficult to remove, not a simple bracket you pinch and pull down a hose. Does anyone have any advice, diagrams, etc. for removing these lines. Is a special tool needed? Thank you.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:08 AM
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Not sure on the 05 but on my 02 it was a simple worm clamp and barb fitting. Mine had a separate trans cooler.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:27 AM
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I think you are right about the cooler being separate, but it looks attached to the radiator. Is it really attached to the radiator? How do I separate the cooler from the radiator? I am a beginner, and I am trying to get as much information as possible to determine if this is a job I can do. I really hate paying $200-$300 just for labor. Thanks.
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:56 AM
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If it is attached to the radiator it is only by a bracket at the top and/or bottom of the radiator. Unbolt the upper radiator support and have a look.
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:37 PM
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On my 05 the transmission cooler is part of the A/C condenser. They are joined together, one half is the condenser and the other half is a transmission cooler. The lines are disconnected by pulling the plastic ring back then removing the little spring clip with a small pick. Be very careful not to loose the clip when it comes out as new ones cannot be obtained.

I don't recall exactly how things are laid out down there, but why is it necessary to remove the transmission cooler lines to replace the radiator?
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:46 AM
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It is NOT necessary to remove trans line at all. There are some clips and bolt that holds the Condensor/trans cooler in front of the radiator, you just have to separate them and wiggle your radiator up.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:36 AM
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Everything is so compact, that it looked like the lines were feeding into the radiator. I agree, and can see now, that they don't feed into the radiator. I appreciate all of the comments and help.
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