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Old March 15th, 2019, 4:02 AM
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Unfortunately my 2016 Express needs a new radiator, not too happy about that. It has been leaking sooslo for a while now but I think I am going to have to change it. I went to order a new one and there is always a question of with or without sensor hole. Not sure how to tell which one I need or where to find out on my existing radiator. Anyone have an idea.
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Old March 17th, 2019, 2:15 PM
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Old March 17th, 2019, 3:21 PM
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My guess is, does it have a level light on the dash, i.e. coolant low? Look at an image of the radiator, locate the sensor hole from the image, then look at your existing radiator.
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Old March 17th, 2019, 3:40 PM
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My guess is, does it have a level light on the dash, i.e. coolant low? Look at an image of the radiator, locate the sensor hole from the image, then look at your existing radiator.
Yeah, I tried to look at pictures online of one's with the sensor hole and without but I don't think they really show werever the hole is. I even called a number on a radiator website that says talk to one of our professionals to make sure you get the right radiator but he had no idea, I think he was no proffesional. I will have to look in the manual online to see if it says anything about the sensor.
Thanks for responding. It just kinda sucks that a 3 year old van needs a new radiator.
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Old March 17th, 2019, 5:19 PM
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Just get the one with the hole. If your van doesn't have the sensor, then stick a 3/8 NPT plug in it. They cost two dollars.
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Old March 17th, 2019, 6:16 PM
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The rad I last got had a factory push and turn plug in the extra hole so it could be used either way.
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Old March 17th, 2019, 6:26 PM
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The rad I last got had a factory push and turn plug in the extra hole so it could be used either way.
When I was checking them out online there was about $50.00 difference in price, that's why I haven't just went ahead and gotten one but that may be what I have to do.
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Old March 17th, 2019, 6:39 PM
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Did you look at your radiator? It seems to me that there's either wires going to it, or there's not.
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Old March 17th, 2019, 8:29 PM
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i guess some vans come with a temp sensor in the radiator......i just changed my radiator in my 2013 express 1500 5.3.....i didnt have a temp sensor in mine......look at this page.......

https://www.gmpartscenter.net/auto-p...omponents-scat

i may be in the drivers side of the radiator.........ALSO.....getting the air out of this system is a process......post up if you have an issue getting the air out.....
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you can also use the same page to enter your VIN to get your specific part....if you can get the GM OEM part number you can cross reference it with a possible aftermarket number.....
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