Real time radiator bolt question???

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Can someone that has done this answer this question. The two bolts that are front facing on each side of the rad right next to and behind the headlamp housings are:

A) Captive and the bolts are removed from the rear.
B) Not captive and the nuts are removed from the front.

If from the front it seems like the headlamp housings need removal.

A) True
B) False

Any help appreciated. :confused:
 
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I don't remember if they are captive or not (I think they aren't), but you don't have to remove the headlights.
 

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I believe you remove the nuts from the front, didn't have to remove the headlights but a long extension with a wobble was required IIRC.

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Search, ya wanker!! I posted this after getting the tip from another here on the forum. Remove the bolts holding the a/c condensor in place. Now you can gently pry it left or right to provide enough room to get that nut off with a simple deep socket. Also, use vice grips to hold the metal disc on the other end from spinning.

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Its easyer to take the front grill off and you can get at the tow nuts .. but unbolt the cooler rad .. soo you can slide it side to side.and us an extension on your 12mm driver M2S
 

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Echo in here? He'll need a deep socket as the bolt protrudes out through the nut farther than any of my standard 12mm sockets. Wobble won't fix that, though I've duct taped the normal sockets to an extension when the socket was not fully seated to provide another mm or two of usable depth.

Check for my old post for some tips on the rad shroud as well. No-breaky....

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Thanks for the input. Learned the lessons of the extended sockets and moving the cooler on my own as well as having to take the headlamp assys, grill, battery tray, plastic blower tube and assorted EGR hoses, steering damper and splash shield off just to make things easier. Idaho doug I searched a bit but the time it takes to read all the non associated drivel I could have had the job done. Real time short concise questions need short concise answers. I had a lot to do this weekend. Radiator, Rad flush and fill, hoses, brakes on all four, extended lines, bleed brake system, LPV extension, oil change, tranny pan screen clean and beer and cigars. Thanks for the help everyone! And shame on Toyota for putting plastic in a radiator!
 
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