What is the correct radiator for my vehicle?

Tiny
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  • 2005 TOYOTA SIENNA
  • 3.3L
  • V6
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 114,000 MILES
My vehicle needs a radiator. I went to an auto parts and air conditioning warehouse, actually called, I didn't go there personally. The guy told me that there are 3 different types of radiators for my year, make and model of my vehicle. I suggested to give him my VIN no. But he said it wouldn't make a difference. He said that if I would just pick one of them for price or what have ya, it would not fit at all if it wasn't the correct one. He said that they would need to open the car up and verify the right type. I think he's trying to sell me the labor also because he asked me about the labor. So if the car is open, then I would might as well do the installation also.
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Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 AT 5:53 AM

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Tiny
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Good morning,

Can you give the date the car was produced from the driver's side door?

There are 3 different ones depending on the production date.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-car-radiator

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/coolant-flush-and-refill-all-cars

As far as price, it pays 2.5 hours in labor. That would be around $275.00 to $300.00.

The radiator is about $80.00 to $125.00 depending n the radiator.

Roy

No.2 radiator assembly replacement

1. Drain coolant
2. Disconnect radiator hose inlet
3. Disconnect radiator hose outlet
4. Disconnect oil cooler inlet hose no.1
5. Disconnect oil cooler outlet hose no.1
6. Remove front bumper cover
7. Remove air cleaner cap sub-assembly
8. Remove air cleaner filter element sub-assembly
9. Remove air cleaner inlet no.2
10. Remove air cleaner case
11. Remove air cleaner bracket
12. Remove air cleaner inlet no.1

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13. REMOVE HOOD LOCK RELEASE LEVER PROTECTOR
a. Release the 4 claws and remove the hood lock release lever protector.

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14. REMOVE HOOD LOCK ASSEMBLY
a. Remove the 3 bolts and separate hood lock.

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15. REMOVE RADIATOR SUPPORT SUB-ASSEMBLY UPPER
a. Disconnect the horn connectors.
b. Remove the 5 bolts and the radiator upper support.

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16. REMOVE FAN SHROUD
a. Disconnect the engine coolant reservoir hose.
b. Disconnect the fan motor connector.
c. Remove the 4 bolts and the fan shroud.

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17. REMOVE RADIATOR SUPPORT SUB-ASSEMBLY UPPER LH
a. Remove the 3 bolts and the radiator support upper LH.

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18. REMOVE RADIATOR SUPPORT SUB-ASSEMBLY UPPER RH
a. Remove the 3 bolts and the radiator support upper RH.

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19. REMOVE RADIATOR SUPPORT SUB-ASSEMBLY LOWER RH
a. Remove the 3 bolts and the radiator support lower LH.

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20. REMOVE RADIATOR SUPPORT SUB-ASSEMBLY LOWER RH
a. Remove the 3 bolts and the radiator support lower RH.
21. REMOVE NO.2 RADIATOR ASSEMBLY
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Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 AT 6:23 AM
Tiny
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Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 AT 11:54 AM
Tiny
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I attached the radiator for you from Rock Auto based on the production date.

Roy
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Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 AT 2:42 PM
Tiny
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So which one is the best? What is the difference between all of them? Disadvantages and advantages.
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 AT 12:46 PM
Tiny
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The one I gave you is for your car based on the production date.

Of course, the higher the price, the higher the quality.

Roy
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 AT 12:48 PM
Tiny
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So the first one?
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 AT 3:14 PM
Tiny
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How long will they last before they start leaking?
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 AT 3:16 PM
Tiny
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Are all these aluminum or OEM?
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 AT 3:18 PM
Tiny
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They are OEM models.

They will last a long time assuming you change the coolant at the correct intervals. You should change it once a year.

When you do not, corrosion starts and will rot out the radiator.

Roy
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 AT 4:09 PM
Tiny
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Do you have to drain out the old coolant and add the new one?
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Thursday, January 14th, 2021 AT 6:30 AM
Tiny
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Are these aluminum radiators?
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Thursday, January 14th, 2021 AT 6:31 AM
Tiny
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Yes, if you looked at the procedure I posted in the beginning, the first step is to drain the radiator of all fluid.

Add all new coolant when the job is completed.

Roy
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Thursday, January 14th, 2021 AT 6:32 AM
Tiny
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What is your recommendation for the best coolant and how many liters do I need to fill the radiator?
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Friday, January 15th, 2021 AT 7:07 AM
Tiny
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Okay, I attached the capacity and the recommended coolant below.

As far as brand, I would use Prestone.

Roy

Fluid Types

Coolant type:

In order to avoid technical problems, only use "Toyota Super Long Life Coolant" or similar high quality ethylene glycol based non-silicate, non-amine, non-nitrite, and non-borate coolant with long-life hybrid organic acid technology.

Do not use plain water alone.

Capacities

Total Cooling System Capacity:. 11.7 L (12.4 US qt, 10.3 Imp. Qt.)
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Friday, January 15th, 2021 AT 7:14 AM
Tiny
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What do you think about this radiator from Amazon. Will it work?
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Sunday, January 17th, 2021 AT 5:08 AM
Tiny
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Is it or does it conform to your date of manufacturer?

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Sunday, January 17th, 2021 AT 5:22 AM
Tiny
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I haven't checked that. With Amazon, many times you can't get any info on products.
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Sunday, January 17th, 2021 AT 6:36 AM
Tiny
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Then you have about an 80% chance of the wrong radiator.

Roy
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Sunday, January 17th, 2021 AT 6:38 AM
Tiny
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On Amazon, its says it's for a 2005-2006 Toyota Sienna le awd 3.3L minivan 1 row which I assume is 1 core and not 2 like the ones in Rock Auto.
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Sunday, January 17th, 2021 AT 6:39 AM
Tiny
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Okay, you can try but I would not expect it to be correct.

Roy
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Sunday, January 17th, 2021 AT 6:46 AM

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