How to remove the radiator from early model Estimas’ is a question commonly asked on the forum. Although not a hard project to undertake many people feel unsure as to whether or not they want to tackle this. So today we have added this post, with pictures, detailing the removal of an early Estima radiator. In this example the vehicle is a 1995 model with Automatic gearbox fitted. When you look under the bonnet you should see the large plastic air scoop which is used to draw external air into the heating/cooling system.
You will notice in the bottom of the photo above there are two screws. These are used to fix the scoop to the body of the vehicle. The image below shows a close up of one of the two screws.
Simply remove the two screws and pull the scoop forward and upwards to release if from the vehicle. Put it aside saftely.
This gives you access to the radiator located underneath.
In the next photo you will see the two top radiator hoses. The smaller hose to the left is the radiator expansion hose and goes to the expansion /filler bottle located above it. The larger hose is the coolant feed to the radiator. It brings hot engine coolant from the engine to the radiator when the thermostat opens. Just to the right of the large hose you will see a clamp/bracket that is used to hold the radiator in place. It is secured via the hex bolt.