Jeep Wrangler radiator replacement is a relatively easy process. The average time it takes to replace the radiator on a Jeep Wrangler can be anywhere from one hour to four hours, depending on the skill level of the person doing the work and whether or not you have any special tools at your disposal. This blog post will teach you what needs to be done if you want to replace your own Jeep Wrangler Radiator.
The Jeep Wrangler Radiator is a component of your vehicle’s cooling system. It sits between the engine and the radiator, taking heat from coolant circulating through it and dispersing that heat to air flowing over its surface. This allows for better engine performance in hot weather conditions as well as increased fuel efficiency because less energy goes into maintaining an optimal operating temperature.
To replace a radiator, you need to drain the old radiator, disconnect all the parts holding it in place, remove it, install a new radiator, reinstall all removed parts, and top up the coolant. But first things first!
Removing the Old Radiator
Remove all of the old coolant from inside of the Jeep Wrangler engine bay. There will be a drain plug located on top or near it that you’ll need to use a screwdriver to loosen before draining into containers similar to those you used to remove old coolant. It’s important that you use a drain pan so as not to spill any of the liquid over yourself or your Jeep Wrangler and it may also be necessary for you to wear gloves when doing this step.
After removing all of the coolant, you’re now ready to remove the old Jeep Wrangler radiator. Remove any bolts that are holding it in place with a socket wrench. Gently pry up on the edges of the radiator and pull it out from its position then set it next to your new one so that they can be prepared for installation.
Installing a New Radiator
Next, take off the old radiator and put on your new one before putting all of the bolts back where they were originally located. This is also important because there are specific patterns that need to stay consistent when replacing Jeep Wrangler radiators.
After attaching all of the necessary hardware, you’ll need to attach the hoses and clamps. The new radiator will come with a hose which connects it to your water pump, so you want to make sure that is securely connected before moving on. Follow the same procedure with your radiator hoses and then tighten them down to prevent any leaks.
Once all of that has been done – give it time for about an hour before trying to start up your vehicle again if possible. This allows for any air bubbles in the system to escape and for the coolant in your Jeep Wrangler radiator to reach a more consistent temperature.
There isn’t any set time as there can be many variables at play (skill level, if you have the right tools, etc). However, on average it takes between one hour to four hours. The most important thing is figuring out which radiator will work for your vehicle, and making sure you get the right size because if it’s too small, it won’t work with your car.