2000 Jeep Cherokee Remove a Radiator

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The 2000 Jeep Cherokee radiator hoses use special, constant-tension clamps that require a special tool to remove. The tool is available at any Jeep dealer. The clamps have a number stamped into them, and they may be different for each hose. If you have to replace the clamps, you should order the clamp with the same number stamped on it. The radiator also uses rubber air seals between the radiator and air condenser and the radiator and the body of the Jeep. These seals must be placed exactly where they came off or the Cherokee will overheat.

Tools Used[edit]

Set of wrenches
Set of sockets
24-inch-long 1/4-inch hose
Drain pan
Special tool 6094
Quick connect fitting release tool 6935
Torque wrench

Remove a Radiator[edit]

  • Remove the radiator cap after making sure the engine is cool. Unscrew the radiator grill mounting screws, using the screwdriver, then pull the grill off. Slide the drain pan under the petcock. Slide the hose onto the petcock and aim it into the drain pan. Open the petcock and allow the radiator to drain. If the drain pan is clean and the coolant is less than five years old, you can reuse the coolant.
  • Detach the power steering fluid reservoir from the fan shroud. Do not disconnect the hoses. Lay the reservoir aside. Unplug the cooling fan's electrical connector. Loosen the clamp on the hose for the radiator filler neck. Pull the hose out of the retaining loops.
  • Loosen the four nuts on the water pump pulley with the appropriate socket, but do not remove them. Loosen the accessory drive belt by moving the tensioner away from the belt, using a socket. Lift the belt off the water pump pulley. Remove the nuts from the water pump pulley and lift the fan/drive assembly out of the engine compartment.
  • Remove the four screws that mount the fan shroud to the core support, using the screwdriver. Lift the fan and shroud from the Cherokee. Unbolt the radiator upper crossmember with the socket and remove it from the engine compartment. Separate the condenser from the radiator by removing the condenser mounting brackets with the appropriate socket.
  • Loosen the clamps on the upper and lower radiator hoses with special tool 6094. Pull the hoses off the radiator. If your radiator has a transmission cooler, disconnect the transmission cooler lines with quick connect fitting release tool 6935. If the transmission cooler is remote, slide the cooler line out of the bracket at the bottom of the radiator.
  • Lift the radiator straight up and out of the engine compartment. Compare the old and new radiator. Remove any components from the old radiator that are not on the new radiator and install them on the new radiator. Whether you need to do this will depend on where you purchase the radiator.
  • Lower the new radiator into the engine compartment, making sure that the two alignment dowels go into the rubber grommets in the lower crossmember. Reattach the condenser to the radiator with the mounting brackets. Reinstall the radiator upper crossmember and the four mounting bolts.
  • Reinstall the radiator upper crossmember nuts and tighten them to 86 in.-lbs. of torque. Reconnect the upper and lower radiator hoses. Reconnect the transmission cooler lines. If you have a remote cooler, reinstall the line in the bracket at the bottom of the radiator.
  • Reinstall the electric fan and shroud assembly by inserting the alignment tabs at the bottom of the fan shroud into the slots in the bracket at the bottom of the radiator. Tighten the bolts to 31 in.-lbs. of torque. Plug in the fan's electrical connector. Reinstall the power steering reservoir and the grill. Close the petcock. Fill the radiator with coolant. Reinstall the radiator cap. Check the transmission fluid level and top off as needed.