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CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator

Part No. 432297 Warranty Details  

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Core Height:15 1/16 in
Core Thickness:5/8 in
Core Width:30 1/2 in
Fan Included:No
Inlet Location:Top Left
Inlet Size(s):1 5/16 in
Outlet Location:Bottom Right
Outlet Size(s):1 5/16 in
Row Quantity:1
Transmission Cooler:Yes
Tube Size:5/8

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ToughOne or Ready-RadRadiator
 
4.3

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (17)
  • Durable (7)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Improves engine efficiency (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday driving (19)
    • Replacement (16)
    • Restoration (3)
      • Car & Truck:
      • Casual driver (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (13), Auto enthusiast (6), Mechanic (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works great

    Picked up radiator within the hour at Advanced Auto and installed it that day. My mechanic told me I it would be a week before he could install it. I had my car back...Read complete review

    Picked up radiator within the hour at Advanced Auto and installed it that day. My mechanic told me I it would be a week before he could install it. I had my car back and running before the weekend was out so I had my car for work on Monday when I needed it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Had a couple issues with this radiator.

    Bought online with coupon and picked up in store. When I went to install it I noticed one of the transmission line holes had what appeared to be a white colored oxidation and some...Read complete review

    Bought online with coupon and picked up in store. When I went to install it I noticed one of the transmission line holes had what appeared to be a white colored oxidation and some little red specks the other hole was fine. Obviously I was concerned about contaminating my transmission with a brand new radiator. The store I bought it from showed no more in stock so I found the next nearest store that did and went there. Everything was good and he said yes it was bad probably due to not getting all the test fluid drained out of it at the factory. The trouble started when he could not give me the same price as I paid online due to the coupon code as apparently the online store and retail store are 2 different businesses. So buyer beware. Got home got the thing almost completely installed and went to hook up overflow tube only to find out new tube is significantly smaller than original on my "Exact match" radiator. I called the online 800 number and they said I could return it but I don't know what radiator they would give me as this is the one they call for.
    Any how as of now I just rigged up an adapter for the overflow issue. I also complained about the price issue and they said they would send me a $10 gift card which just about makes up the difference. I told them about this not matching my vehicle which is a 2003 Chevy Impala with 3.8L but I see 3 days later it is still listed as an "Exact match". Any how hopfully you my find this review helpful if you do mark it as so. Thanks.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Had a couple issues with this radiator.

    By 

    from Cleveland,OH

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    Level 2

    Pros

    • Working So Far

    Cons

    • 1st One Had Corrosion
    • Wrong Size Overflow Tube

    Best Uses

    • Replacement

    Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Rad Radiator:

    Bought online with coupon and picked up in store. When I went to install it I noticed one of the transmission line holes had what appeared to be a white colored oxidation and some little red specks the other hole was fine. Obviously I was concerned about contaminating my transmission with a brand new radiator. The store I bought it from showed no more in stock so I found the next nearest store that did and went there. Everything was good and he said yes it was bad probably due to not getting all the test fluid drained out of it at the factory. The trouble started when he could not give me the same price as I paid online due to the coupon code as apparently the online store and retail store are 2 different businesses. So buyer beware. Got home got the thing almost completely installed and went to hook up overflow tube only to find out new tube is significantly smaller than original on my "Exact match" radiator. I called the online 800 number and they said I could return it but I don't know what radiator they would give me as this is the one they call for.
    Any how as of now I just rigged up an adapter for the overflow issue. I also complained about the price issue and they said they would send me a $10 gift card which just about makes up the difference. I told them about this not matching my vehicle which is a 2003 Chevy Impala with 3.8L but I see 3 days later it is still listed as an "Exact match". Any how hopfully you my find this review helpful if you do mark it as so. Thanks.

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    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works great

    By 

    from 26003

    About Me Casual Driver

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    Helpful Reviewer

    Pros

    • Works well

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Driving

    Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Rad Radiator:

    Picked up radiator within the hour at Advanced Auto and installed it that day. My mechanic told me I it would be a week before he could install it. I had my car back and running before the weekend was out so I had my car for work on Monday when I needed it.

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    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This radiator is complete.

    By 

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Casual Driver, Mechanic

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    Pros

    • Improves Engine Efficiency

    Cons

    • Difficult To Install

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Driving
    • Replacement

    Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Rad Radiator:

    This appears to be a quality product. Just make sure you open the box before you leave the store; and make sure there is no damage in shipping. Pricing was good and available at most stores.

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    (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Fits like a Glove

    By 

    from Liberty Hill, TX

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    Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Rad Radiator:

    It is a great direct fit, it took me about 2 hours from getting started to getting cleaned up. Make sure to take the clips off of your old radiator and transfer them to the new one. Also be sure to take the clips on the transmission cooler off of the new one so you're not bothered when you put it in.**dont unscrew the connectors on the transmission cooler, they are quick connect parts**

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    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good value

    By 

    from Terre Haute, In

    About Me Auto Enthusiast

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    Level 1

    Pros

    • Good Fit Good Price

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Driving
      • Replacement

      Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Rad Radiator:

      Not easy to install, but that is no fault of the radiator.

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      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I would buy this product again.

      By 

      from Fayetteville, Ar

      About Me Casual Driver

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      Helpful Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Driving

        Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Rad Radiator:

        Radiator was easy to install and use.
        Very lightweight and cost was comperable to competitor's prices.
        When installing this radiator make sure you notice the brass quick connect lines for the oil to go through. I did not notice them and spent a little more time than needed uninstalling them from the old radiator just to notice that they came on the new one.
        Also: make sure and use the proper coolant with this radiator, i have used the universal stuff before and the results have not been the same. very pleased over all though.

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        (7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Replaced in two hours

        By 

        from Richmond, VA

        About Me Casual Driver

        Level 2

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Lightweight
        • Price

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday Driving
          • Replacement

          Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Rad Radiator:

          Old radiator sprunk a hole in the center of the fins. I got tired of topping off the water everytime I went to drive it. I bought/installed this radiator about 6 months ago and have driven the car daily ever since. No problems whatsoever. Installation was easy although time consuming. I have to just about dismantle the front of my 2002 Impala in order to get it in. However, this is a function of the car's design and not the fault of the radiator. All fittings (hoses and screws) matched and included a new petcock.

          With 175,000 miles, this new radiator should last the life of the vehicle.

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          (16 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good radiator

          By 

          from Cheney, KS

          About Me Auto Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer
          Level 2

          Pros

          • Easy To Install

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday Driving
            • Replacement

            Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Rad Radiator:

            Good radiator for the price. Exact OEM replacement.

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            (18 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Don't forget the teflon

            By 

            from Spring Lake, Mi

            About Me Casual Driver

            Pros

            • Easy To Install

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Replacement

              Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Rad Radiator:

              I opened the box and the fittings were factory installed for the oil lines. I installed the radiator and put everything back together. I found an oil leak caused by the lack of teflon tape on the oil cooler fittings. I wrestled with the tight space and pulled the fittings off so I could put them back on properly. Other than that I have no issues with the unit.

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              (15 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              was an exact fit

              By 

              from Kansas City

              About Me Mechanic

              Verified Buyer
              Level 2

              Pros

              • Easy To Install

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday Driving

                Comments about ToughOne or Ready-Rad Radiator:

                This radiator was an OEM replacement. It fit and is doing fine

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                • Q:

                  what is the tread size of the trans cooler inlets
                  Asked on 9/23/2014 by dave from martin,ky

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    Hi Dave, I'm glad to assist you! According to the build of materials it should be a 5/16 inch inverted flare.

                    Answered on 9/24/2014 by Solomon
                • Q:

                  How do I determine if my radiator has a 5/8 core or 1inch core
                  Asked on 6/11/2014 by Donner94 from ohio

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    I'm happy to help, Donner94! One way to find out which radiator you have is to measure the core with a tape measure or a ruler. Also, the radiator with the 1" core utilizes an EOC/TOC Quick Connector system, there is an installation notice located here: http://showmetheparts.com/BIN/documents/VistaPro/3_Attn_56.pdf

                    Answered on 6/13/2014 by Heath, ASE Parts Specialist from AAP
                • Q:

                  does this radiator have coolant sensor port?
                  Asked on 4/4/2014 by Jerry

                  1 answer

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                    A:

                    Hi Jerry! I see that this radiator does not have coolant sensor port in it.

                    Answered on 4/5/2014 by Vincent from AAP
                • Q:

                  i tired to buy this radiator but when i got to a retail store they gave me a radiator with the same part number but the transmission fluid lines {on the radiator where their sposed to connect to} was different from the one i bought online.
                  UNSATISFIED
                  help...
                  Asked on 8/12/2012 by jeff from baton rouge la

                  1 answer

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                    A:

                    We apologies for the inconvenience caused, and we greatly appreciate your taking time to submit a review. Please call us at 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and we would be more than happy to assist you.

                    Answered on 8/13/2012 by Aaron from AAP
                • Q:

                  Does this radiator fits 2003 buick Century ?
                  I bought one a week ago and is already leaking from the drain.
                  Asked on 2/25/2012 by Anonymous from Carolinna P. Rico

                  1 answer

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                    A:

                    Yes, this part Ready-Rad Radiator, Part No. 432297 manufactured by Ready-Rad fits your 2003 Buick Century Custom.

                    Answered on 2/25/2012 by Aaron from AAP
                • Q:

                  do the transmission connections have the retaining clips in them?
                  Asked on 10/10/2011 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

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                    A:

                    No, it does not include the retaining clips.

                    Answered on 10/11/2011 by DIY Daniel from AAP
                • Q:

                  Will this radiator fit a 2002 buick regal?
                  Asked on 9/16/2011 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

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                    A:

                    This Radiator will fit only for 2002 Buick Regal LS.

                    Answered on 9/16/2011 by DIY Daniel from AAP
                • Q:

                  is the transmission cooler built inside this radiator?
                  Asked on 7/11/2011 by Anonymous

                  1 answer

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                    A:

                    Yes, this has transmission oil cooler.

                    Answered on 7/12/2011 by Vincent from AAP
                • Q:

                  Will this fit for sure in 2001 chevrolet monte carlo ls, 6 Cyl 3.4L?

                  Also currently my car says I need to use dexcool, if I put this new radiator in my car: would it be okay to use the green antifreeze?
                  Asked on 8/2/2010 by Adam from Pinellas Park

                  1 answer

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                    A:

                    Yes, I am showing that this will work with your Monte Carlo. If your system calls for you to use Dex-Cool coolant, I would continue using Dex-Cool.

                    Answered on 8/2/2010 by Mike from AAP
                • Q:

                  how the oil cooler line looks like?
                  Asked on 7/19/2010 by Anonymous from worcester

                  1 answer

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                    A:

                    They should just be kind of wide rubbing hoses.

                    Answered on 7/19/2010 by Mike from AAP
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