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2005 V70 Radiator Mount questions, damage after bottom out

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2005 V70 Radiator Mount questions, damage after bottom out

Post by dadwagonlife » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:31 pm

Hello. This is my first post here. I am thankful for your time and any assistance is very much appreciated.

I bottomed out my 2005 V/70 this past Saturday night. I went into a parking lot and the driveway had very uneven and broken concrete. I was traveling slowly. Less than 5 mph.

I ripped off my debris guard when I tried to get off the driveway in reverse. My radiator now hangs about 3 inches from the ground on the drivers side. It is also leaking from the upper hose area on the passenger side.

The brackets that attach to the radiator on top have no bolts in them anymore. The brackets are however still attached to the frame of the car.

How bad is this? Should I be worried about my AC and intercooler too? Thanks. I believe I must replace the radiator. What else should I check?

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Re: Radiator Mount questions.

Post by oragex » Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:26 pm

These radiators have the habit to crack when the bumper hit a curb (such as in a market parking spot) I guess you'll need a new rad - easier is a used one from junkyard because the genuine ones are long lasting and solid. If memory helps, it has to come out from the bottom - so car high in the airs. Google up on the subject, I think there were talks about how to detach the AC condenser and leave it in place

For the coolant, Volvo has a gallon of concentrate for really not much more than aftermarket Zerex stuff. Just mix with a gallon of distilled water from Walmart pharmacy
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Re: Radiator Mount questions.

Post by reverend » Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:50 pm

The leak might be from the radiator neck cracking, and that's because the radiator dropped.

The reason it's dropped is probably that the big mounting ears for the radiator pack (IC/condenser/radiator) are big and mounted horizontally, so a good curb shove up on the radiator the plastic ears might crack.

The easiest is to pull the bumper cover, remove the radiator fan, then disconnect IC/condenser/radiator hoses and drop them up from below.
You'll likely need to keep the car a good 12" off the ground for this.

If your AC still works and you have no boost issues, then you can separate the pack while it's in the car, pull all the pieces apart from each other and then use bungee cords to hold the condenser and IC up while you drop the radiator down and replace it.

Cheap replacements are everywhere, samesame for IC and condenser if those got damaged too.
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Re: 2005 V70 Radiator Mount questions, damage after bottom out

Post by abscate » Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:35 am

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