VW Cabriolet Radiator Removal and Installation

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Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceUse several ratchet wrench extensions to get to the battery retainer nut.
Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceThe radiator brackets slide into a slot on the radiator. Take the brackets out and use them on the new radiator.
Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceThat flex hose is the fresh air inlet for the engine. I removed it to get a better grip on the temperature sensor plug. The sensor is the brown thing in the center of the photo. We are looking at the left side of the engine bay. The battery tray is in the upper right of the photo.
Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceGently lift out the radiator. It is only held in by the two brackets on the top. The bottom has pins that fit into holes on the car. Save the rubber bushings on the bottom of the radiator.

There is a carboard air deflector on the left side of the radiator (driver side of the car). Save it also.

Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceLifting out the radiator.
Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceThe fan and all comes out.
Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceOh, dont forget to disconnect the overflow hose, seen here in the bottom left of the photo. This hose is right next to the upper radiator hose.

Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceThis is a sure sign of a stupid mechanic. That is the factory spring hose clamp still in the middle of the hose.
Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceThe radiator out of the car. Four screws hold the fan to the radiator. Remove the fan and its shroud as a single part.
Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceThe air flow cardboard. Save this.
Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceAttache the fan and shroud to the new radiator. Be careful with the screws because you are putting screws into plastic.

Transfer the temperature sensor to the new radiator. Keep the gasket, or replace if it is messed up.

The nice, shiny radiator back in the car, but not screwed in place.

Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceMake sure the pins on the bottom of the radiator go in the correct holes. Make sure the rubber bushings on the bottom are in place.
Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceThat cardboard. Mine got kind of mashed getting it out of the car.
Volkswagen Cabriolet, radiator install, replaceThe cardboard has some flaps that hook onto the radiator.