Made a how to on how to install a radiator and thermostat on my 95 Accord LX 5spd. But this how to should work for all 5th gen 5spd's and there are some minor difference's for auto's. So let's get to it, first though I AM IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR CAR, INSTALL AT YOUR OWN RISK!!
in case you guys are too lazy to read the whole thing, i've narrated it and put it on youtube.
Socket wrench, extension, wobble joint would be helpful and 10, 12mm sockets
12mm box wrench
Radiator (preferably Denso stock radiator)
Upper and lower hoses
2 gallons radiator fluid
4 hose clamps (I'm a fan of the screw tight ones from the parts shop rather than the stock auto tightening ones).
First, don't ever buy Visteon products! They are a subsidiary of Ford and I was dumb enough to buy one of their radiators from a local parts shop. It didn't even last 30k! So this time, of course went with the stock Denso radiator.
1. Start by removing the intake tube and filter. I'm assuming you know how to do this and I didn't take any pics.
2. Remove the splash guard from under the car. There are 6 10mm bolts to get the guard mostly out of the way to do your work. If you want, you can remove the last 10mm bolt to completely remove the splash guard, in the pics, it would be on the driver side.
3. Drain the radiator fluid. Turn the white wingnut counterclockwise and be ready for the coolant to pour out. Sometimes, like in the case of my new radiator, the wingnut is black.
4. Remove the 2 10mm bolts that hold the A/C bracket in place. Move it out of the way or remove.
5. Remove the 2 10mm bolts that hold the upper radiator holder in place. Repeat on other side of car.
6. Remove the hose that connects the reservoir to the radiator. Remove reservoir from the car.
7. Remove the upper radiator hose from the radiator. Use your pliers and wiggle the clamp back until it is totally off the neck of the radiator. You should do this to the other side that's connected to the engine if you are replacing your hoses.
8. Remove the lower radiator hose that's connected to the thermostat housing the same way you did for the upper hose. You can take the hose off the radiator side now if you want, I just left it and dealt with it after I got the radiator out of the car. Just have to snake the hose past the A/C lines and you should be good to go.
9. Once you've removed the hoses, start unplugging things. I unplugged the driver side plugs first. 2 plugs and 1 bolt to remove.
10. Then remove the passenger side plug from under the car.
11. You're now ready to remove the radiator from the car. Note: If you have an auto, you will need to remove the 2 tranny fluid lines as well. They are located on the bottom of the radiator. I would assume they have the same type of hose clamps as everywhere else. Wiggle the radiator past the A/C lines. If you don't want to take the fans out too, you can remove the bolts now and leave the fans in the engine bay. I have a pic of where the bolts are later.
12. Now would be the time to install your thermostat. I don't have any pics cause I just changed it 30k ago when my first stock radiator broke. So remove the 2 I think 12mm bolts that hold the thermostat housing in place. On the left side of the pic, you need to remove those other 2 bolts, I think 10mm? to get to the thermostat housing bolt under there. A wobble joint would be helpful here. Place the new rubber gasket over the thermostat. There should be a little cut out section, this should be over the pin on the thermostat. Make sure the pin is straight up when re-installing. Take a look at what the thermostat looks like in the housing and mimic with the new one.
13. Radiator is out! Remove the 7 bolts that hold the fans in place. Swap fans and bolts to new radiator. Also, make sure the swap the rubber feet as well. If you look closely, the 2 holes that look sort of out of place near the bottom bolts, those are where the auto tranny fluid lines would go if I had an auto. You should have to swap the tubes for the auto tranny lines from the old radiator as well.
14. New radiator should now be ready to go back in. Make sure the rubber feet are back in the mounts on the frame.
15. From here, you basically just have to reverse the order of how things went in. Maneuver the lower radiator hose past the A/C lines to get it into place. After you've filled the radiator up with coolant, make sure you bleed the system of air. To do this, have someone slowly pour more coolant into the radiator while you open up the bleeder valve with your 12mm box wrench. Don't unscrew the bleeder valve all the way, just crack it open a little so fluid can come out. When coolant comes out of the valve in a nice constant stream, close it up and stop pouring more fluid into the radiator. Make sure you've filled your reservoir back up also.
16. Put everything back together and lower the car. Make sure both your fans are working before you drive the car around and inadvertently overheat your car. The way you should do it is let your car idle for a while (maybe 10 mins.) and let the fans come on when they need to.
17. That's it! Check for leaks and you're good to go. You should check the reservoir level after about a week and see if it's way low. If it goes down a little, that would make sense, but if the whole reservoir is gone after a week, then you have a leak somewhere.