Last post on Aug 17, 2012 at 7:41 PM
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#1 of 1 1996 Grand Am Radiator Cooling Lines Won't Fit!!!1
Aug 17, 2012 (7:41 pm)
I had Purchased a replacement radiator for my girlfriends car (which is ’96 Grand Am GT 3.1L), I had ordered it from a company called “prime Choice”, They had a good “BBB” rating so I had purchased without any concern.
The connections were in the same spots and look just like a new version of the radiator I was tossing out. I had put the new radiator in the car, was hooking up everything and last part was to assemble the cooling lines up to the new radiator, Didn’t Fit!
The cooling lines that worked on the old radiator were too big to fit into the new smaller threaded connection on this radiator. (Below is a related picture of what is difference in size.)
(Not the same radiator, but the same lines that won’t fit correctly in the new one)
Had spoken to someone at my local auto part store, he had been not much help, telling me to rip the connections out of the new radiator and to big that in, problem is it does not come out, and instead of coming to look at it he kind of just blew me off.
My questions is do I have to use a special flare friendly adapter, or can I just use a run of the mill adapter from the plumbing isle at a local hardware store? Also Is their specific general sizes for these connections or do I have to buy a gauge reader, maybe someone would know.
(Some pictures of maybe some of the options I can take, Maybe you can help me out?!)
(Is thread length a huge difference, didn’t think about that are generally the same length for cooling lines?)