ladder on freeway went through radiator - help with bumper/radiator repair

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  1. rrolff

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    Title says it all... Anyone with a more detailed look at the body/trim parts and how they fit together? I've got the bumper cover on its way (but finding all the parts/clips from part sources on the web is difficult to figure out).

    Also the radiator took a huge shot in its heart. Anyone with tips on its replacement is greatly appreciated!
     
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    Sounds like a fun morning drive:(.

    Is the radiator leaking and lose all the coolant? Were you able to pull over and shut it down before a potential over heat situation?

    Depending on new radiator costs, one option would be to look at salvage yards for replacements. This could be said for all components damaged by the ladder.

    Planning on doing the repairs yourself? If so, you could make a list as you go.

    Good luck and keep us posted(y).
     
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    What you're calling the 'radiator' is a stack of things: in front (first part to meet the ladder!) it is the A/C condenser below, inverter radiator above. If you're lucky, one of those will have survived. The inverter radiator is the narrower bit across the top, so just comparing areas, the odds (unfortunately) are on the A/C condenser taking the hit.

    The engine radiator is the layer behind both of those, so if the damage was deep enough, that's in your future too.

    Any damage to the A/C condenser almost certainly means your refrigerant charge has escaped.

    -Chap
     
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    And it requires "special" oil in the refrigerant.
     
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    Considering the above comments (@ChapmanF 's in particular), I would just hand this over to the pros, and use your insurance: a ladder on the freeway is not your liability.
     
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