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Old 07-30-2016, 12:30 AM   #1
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Radiator replacement

Has anyone replaced the radiator on a 2002 freightliner chassis with 5.9 cummins? How difficult?
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Old 07-30-2016, 04:56 AM   #2
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There are a lot of post concerning this question, but it boils down to each coach is different. As the coach manufacture build the body some leave better access to the radiators than others. I have read where some people have to cut away sections of body just to get it out. Others say it was work, but doable.

Bottom line is if you can get to it, and there isn't any major body interference problems, then several creditable owners are saying it is a 10 hour job to do the first time, but with the learning curve they could do it in half the time now. The radiator is heavy, and most say it is a two person job to wrestle the radiator in and out.
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Old 07-30-2016, 05:50 AM   #3
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Has anyone replaced the radiator on a 2002 freightliner chassis with 5.9 cummins? How difficult?
I am in the process of replacement now.
Since you have a freightliner why ask here. go to the freightliner list and see what is there. also visit the cummins list.
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Has anyone replaced the radiator on a 2002 freightliner chassis with 5.9 cummins? How difficult?
What make and model MH are you talking about. Every one is different.
I can tell you that it is very time consuming. 8-10 hours to take it out.
A lot more to change the core and reframe the unit, A lot more time to put it back in. Lots of little detail that make putting it back in not all that easy. Later I will post the putting in details. I learned more putting in than taking out.

I am completely back in place and have been working in horribly hot mugging conditions. This weekend it was 98 in the sun and the dew point was 76.

had to work in three shifts.
Saturday - mostly attaching the surge tank on top, sheet metal on each side of tank. bolt holes are a pain to align, hook up output pipe of CAC. getting entire unit back into the back of MH. Single handed. Some 2x4 and in she went.

sunday 6:30 to 9, shower, change closes, drink gator-aid. back to it at 10 to 12 and repeat what I said before. take a break and start again 4-6, not as humid but hotter. that was 7 hours to put on 6 hoses, the fan shroud, the oil & replenishment tanks and support bracket, back support rods,bottom bolt nuts, hydraulic lines, dip stick anchors and refill the radiator with the old fluid.

Need more fluids and want to take off the input pipe to the CAC for cleaning, replace the air filter and then will try starting engine.
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