[DML] Radiator replacement issue UPDATE
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[DML] Radiator replacement issue UPDATE

Well, I've installed the new radiator and have the AC condenser back in 
place. Since all 4 studs broke off, I decided to use two different methods. 
First I installed new studs on the lower brackets (I hate taking a drill 
and Dremel to the AC system). This holds the condenser against the radiator 
and supports all the weight. I then used those radiator ties (normally used 
to attach small fans to radiators) to hold the top of the condenser. This 
prevents it from rattling around.

Also, I broke another 3 studs removing the shroud, so I'm replacing those 
with stainless as well. In fact, I've spent about $10 at the local Ace 
Hardware in stainless hardware so the next time this has to be done, it 
should be a lot easier!

VIN 4099

At 01:40 PM 9/18/2006 +0000, you wrote:
>I don't like the strap tie solution. Eventually they will fail and
>they are in such a bad place to get to to replace them. You also can't
>tighten them up enough so that you can be sure the condensor coil will
>not move. My solution is very close to Dave's #2. I grind the stud off
>and drill and tap the bracket. I then thread a screw in with
>locktight. Now it is essentially a stud and you can reinstall as
>before. A little difficult because you have to do it with the
>condensor coil hanging in the car so you are working "freehand". It
>does take more time than strap ties but it is a better solution. Don't
>expect most shops to do this. Time is money and the customer always
>wants the fastest, cheapest job. The good news is that you usually
>don't break all 4. I usually save 2 at least. When replacing the studs
>try to get stainless steel, they will last forever.
>David Teitelbaum
>vin 10757

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