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Old 06-14-2019, 12:11 AM
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Why is My Radiator assembly shaking like this??????

Hello i got a 2001 Acura TL 3.2 and i just noticed this maybe they all do this i doubt it why it seems so stupid anyways if anyone can tell me if there is something missing or that needs to be Tightened up please let me know
I have a link to the video for the issues here
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Mounting bolts on either side of the top of the radiator may be loose or worn. If they can't be tightened down more, put a washer or two under each side and that should do the trick.


Do you know if the radiator has been removed/replaced recently? It may have been reinstalled improperly.

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Mine does similar .. I've been driving a year since I replaced it and never had any issues.
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Mine does that too if I move it by hand, but I'm not sure just how much it moves while the car is in motion. You can replace those rubber bushings in the upper brackets and see if it reduces the amount of play.
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It seems to have a bit more play it in that I've seen with other vehicles, but I wouldn't consider it excessive. The radiator has bushings on both the lower and upper mounts rather than hard fasteners. If you're really concerned, you can place some sort of wedge in between the bushing and radiator mount. But otherwise, it's not going to hurt anything to have a bit of play.
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Hello i got a 2001 Acura TL 3.2 and i just noticed this maybe they all do this i doubt it why it seems so stupid anyways if anyone can tell me if there is something missing or that needs to be Tightened up please let me know
I have a link to the video for the issues here https://youtu.be/oNcQA9HQpcs your knowledge would be so so Appreciated.
I have an 03 TL that I bought last fall after wrecking my truck. I actually thought the same thing cuz my does it as well with the same amount of play. I believe it's just the rubber grommets where u see the wiggle that may have just shrunk/wore down with time. I have found one or two at a pick n pull that were much snugger. I'm not totally concerned about it with mine cuz it shouldn't hurt it functionally. Another thing that may have shrunk with time and u might check is the ac condenser drain hose and sun roof drain hoses (all 4).
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Originally Posted by Midnight Mystery View Post
Mounting bolts on either side of the top of the radiator may be loose or worn. If they can't be tightened down more, put a washer or two under each side and that should do the trick.


Do you know if the radiator has been removed/replaced recently? It may have been reinstalled improperly.

I don't know if it was replaced, Someone did hit me in passenger side front bumper and they took off, I will be posting about another bit of a little damage that occurred from that in another Thread.
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Maybe a tad bit more movement than normal but if it bothers you could replace upper and lower rubber bushings(2 each)

# 16 and 17 in this link:

https://www.oemacuraparts.com/v-2001...-radiator-hose
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I replaced the bushings in mine recently. it wobbled like that and I thought it may be contributing to some rattling sounds from up front. It makes a more muted sound when moving back and forth (as opposed the aged, dry hard rubber bushings). On the off chance that you may be looking for the same thing: long story short, adjusting the bumpstops/latch for my hood took care of up front noise in that area.
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Mine wobbled like that too. I happen to have some O rings that fit over the shafts but inside the grommet. Put a few on each side. I can still wobble it a bit but not nearly as much as before. I still wanted it to float a bit.

Not really sure it matters but I feel better having done this.
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If the radiator is aftermarket they do that, they just donít quite fit perfect. Adding girth to those upper nipples with tape, orings or a wedge will do the trick. Quite a few vehicles of this vintage are not on their original radiator. I would look for traditional signs of body damage like panels not lining up before I would look at the radiator as an indication
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