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Right below where the plastic NA intake piece starts where the radiator is, there are a crap load of leaves and brush stuck down in there. I guess they just got pushed up in there over the years. Looks like I need to somehow lift or even take the radiator out to clean there. It looks like a lot of airflow is being blocked because of it. How did you guys clean this?
 

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Yeah when I did my water pump and timing belt, I removed the radiator and cleaned it out then. I had a bunch of crap in there as well. Pretty soon will be a good time to do a coolant flush and get ready for Texas spring/summer heat (if it hasn't been changed out in a while). It's not too hard to remove the radiator if you have the coolant drained anyway. =)
 

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i did a coolant flush last month. damn, shoulda waited! can i still atleast lift the radiator to brush the leaves out without having to drain the coolant out of it?
 

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Yeah, IIRC there is a little wiggle room. Just watch with the fan shroud, you don't want to break that thing; they have a couple weak points as it is, and seem to break easily. Maybe you can tilt it enough to get a shop vac with a long attachment down in there and suck the crap out? Dunno, I'd have to look at it again.
 

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Would a pressure washer work? I've used one to blow bugs and grit out of my FMIC. Just don't turn the pressure up too high.
 
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