Engine Cooling problem
2001 Jeep Cherokee 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 82647 miles
I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee that has unusual wing brackets that protrude 3 inches out to the side and attach to the frame. There is also the power steering housing that protrudes toward the right front (driver's side) along the frame. To remove my old leaking radiator, I was forced to cut the wing brackets that anchor the radiator (the corners curve inward) and also had to cut the lower discharge hose on the radiator in order to clear the steering wheel housing. After removing the fan shroud with cooling fan, I am still unable to fit-in the new radiator due to the protruding steering wheel housing. The lower radiator hose connection protrudes approximately 1 1/4" past the steering wheel housing preventing me from sliding the radiator straight down. The winged brackets already makes a tight squeeze even pushing straight down and angling the radiator toward the front. The new radiator looks identical to the original factory installed radiator.
Questions: Do I have to remove the steering wheel housing (anchored by four bolts on the frame)? Is there another way to get the radiator in--short of cutting and bending the top frame. Should the front bumper be removed to slide the radiator up from underneath the car? How do professionals deal with this problem?