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Old 07-04-2012, 06:12 PM   #1
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Look at the stuff that was behind my air ducts

During the week I found some time to remove my front bumper to clean my radiators. It was dirty. Among the leaves were plastic pieces, cigaret buds, and paper. Over all not to bad but definitely worth cleaning. Also to my surprise I found I had bent my passenger side condenser from when I got a flat, detailed explanation in one of my past threads. Here are the pics.









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Old 07-04-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
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Yup...mine was the same. I bought the car when it was 10 years old and they had never been clean. I used mine for potting soil
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:25 PM   #3
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Is it hard to remove the bumper ?
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:43 PM   #4
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not really. it took me about 1 hr to remove while taking pictures and some film. Hardest part was the wheel liner clips. That is because i was pulling on them wrong. But I don't know if i will ever get around to posting any videos, any way not something deadly.
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Best to hit those plastic liner clips with WD40 the night before you disassemble, makes it alot easier. Also, spray down the radiators / condensers with Simple Green then rinse off, helps to get the gunk off. A pretty easy diy project

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Old 07-05-2012, 01:19 PM   #6
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Are there any write-ups you used to take the bumper off? seems like something I should do fairly soon as I'm nearing 60k miles.

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[QUOTE=Bmod986;296494]not really. it took me about 1 hr to remove while taking pictures and some film. Hardest part was the wheel liner clips. That is because i was pulling on them wrong. But I don't know if i will ever get around to posting any videos, any way not something deadly.[/QUOTE

Your right side radiator looks like it took a hit and got bent. Keep an eye on it for leaks.

did you clean between the condenser and radiator?
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video link to remove bumper / clean radiators...

Porsche 996 986 bumper removal - YouTube

another thread from a few years ago...
http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/21128-cleaning-radiators.html
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Excellent video! Did you do that?
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:20 PM   #10
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not really. it took me about 1 hr to remove while taking pictures and some film. Hardest part was the wheel liner clips. That is because i was pulling on them wrong. But I don't know if i will ever get around to posting any videos, any way not something deadly.[/QUOTE

Your right side radiator looks like it took a hit and got bent. Keep an eye on it for leaks.

did you clean between the condenser and radiator?
Ya I apparently bent it when i curbed and pop my tire a few months back. Posted a thread called " so i have a water leak in the front part of the car" I think. At that time I didn't know I had bent the radiator but from the looks of it I didn't brake it because I don't have any coolant leaking, so that is why I assumed it was the ac evaporator that may have cracked.

No I didn't clean between the radiator so I will be pulling the bumper off again and hopefully film it.
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Best to hit those plastic liner clips with WD40 the night before you disassemble, makes it alot easier. Also, spray down the radiators / condensers with Simple Green then rinse off, helps to get the gunk off. A pretty easy diy project

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FYI, SimpleGreen is corrosive to aluminum. It may not matter if you rinse it immediately, but it was the impetus for the company developing Simple Green 13405.
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Has anyone used commercial residential AC coil cleaner on the radiators? I would assume it would not damage aluminum.
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don't use "The Pink Stuff"; it's an acid. Green is okay

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