i am a slacker, i still havent done this. between the list of steps from 94sealtima and this list posted below, i think i have a general idea what needs done. i have all the parts, just not all the time.
my question now is regarding the AC Condensor. Does it need discharged, removed?
i got a quote from 1 garage that it would be 10 hours labor, and a quote from another garage that it would be $675. So I guess Im going to have to try this myself. Both garages told me that I would have to remove and discharge the AC Condensor. However, from the steps below, it seems that may not be true.
Im looking for help from people who have tackled this, thanks.
Remove bumper and all bumper reinforcements
Remove both front wheels
Power steering lines will need to be detached and reattached, get ready to get PS fluid.
AC condenser/Radiator can be left hooked up, however you'll need to remove the mounting screws to the AC condenser.
Unbolt the 2 17MM bolts holding the radiator support from bottom.
3 more on each side of the support.
Here comes the fun part.
Break out your air chisel and chisel the support off the frame. It's not held in by bolts, it's spot welded into the car's frame.
It's also spot welded into the area where the fenders attach.
Once the old rotted one is off the car, put the new one back on. The ebay ones will fit ok with some minor adjustments. They are made with a thinner gauge steel. I suggest you prep it down with some black anti rust paint. Break out your welder and spot weld the new one onto the frame of the car using the relative same areas where the old spot welds were.
Reattach the AC condenser, replant the radiator, re-install everything the way it came out.