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CARQUEST Radiator

Part No. 431512 Warranty Details  

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Our radiators are designed and tested to meet or exceed OE specifications for form, fit, and function. Using premium quality materials and a clear focus on the highest heat transfer performance possible, our engineers have designed this radiator to perform at the highest standards to ensure optimal cooling.
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Core Height:20 in
Core Thickness:1 in
Core Width:18 1/8 in
Fan Included:No
Inlet Location:Top Right
Inlet Size(s):1 1/4 in
Outlet Location:Bottom Left
Outlet Size(s):1 1/2 in
Row Quantity:1
Transmission Cooler:Yes
Tube Size:1

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CARQUEST or ToughOneRadiator
 
3.8

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (41)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • Durable (11)
  • Improves engine efficiency (9)

Cons

  • Difficult to install (6)
  • No improvement in performance (4)

Best Uses

  • Everyday driving (27)
  • Replacement (26)
  • Restoration (3)
    • Car & Truck:
    • Casual driver (5), Auto enthusiast (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual driver (21), Auto enthusiast (19), Truck enthusiast (10), Mechanic (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great quality for price. Easy swap.

My 1998 Sahara radiator was springing leaks from top and bottom. After reading reviews I decided to get this one. Overall construction looked close to OEM but I had read in another review stating...Read complete review

My 1998 Sahara radiator was springing leaks from top and bottom. After reading reviews I decided to get this one. Overall construction looked close to OEM but I had read in another review stating that the side mounting panels were made of thinner metal and flexed. Because of this I decided to do my own comparison. I removed the panels from my old and new radiators. Because mounting nuts on my old radiator were rusted I cut them off with a Dremel tool. This is what I found....
Right panel Old 2-lbs-4oz New 2 lbs.
Left panel Old 1-lb-6oz New 1-lb-3oz
This may not sound like a big difference but the metal felt noticeably thinner. I did find that the panels are interchangeable so I just painted up my old ones and mounted them to the new radiator.(Easy Fix). Other than that the installation was a breeze. I do suggest that if your jeep has around 100,000 miles on it...change the water pump at the same time like I did....it's 100% easier with the radiator out of the way. Ran about 200 miles...running cool !!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

FITS BUT NOT WITHOUT PROBLEMS

Original rad needed replacement due to top tank seal leakage at 14 years & 81,000 miles. This new rad does the trick at a reasonable price, but you get what you pay...Read complete review

Original rad needed replacement due to top tank seal leakage at 14 years & 81,000 miles. This new rad does the trick at a reasonable price, but you get what you pay for. I was able to make it fit, but two details prevented it from being a 100% drop-in in my 1998 Jeep Wrangler (TJ) 2.5L i-4 / MTX 5-spd: (1) The side brackets included to mount it to the front-end module are quite thin gauge steel and flexible, allowing the entire unit to slightly sag under the weight of the rad & shroud & coolant & hoses, causing some shift to the position of the rad fan shroud relative to the engine-mounted cooling fan blades, and (2) the mounting locations provided for the rad fan shroud are slightly shifted, causing additional shift relative to the rad fan. The result in my case was fan contact to the top portion of the rad fan shroud. My chosen fix was to slice-away some of the shroud to provide clearance, an unfavorable alternative since that deteriorates the cooling capacity of the fan for pulling air thru the rad. Hopefully a minor tradeoff. The factory original side support brackets could not be transferred to the new rad to help avoid half the problem, since the bracket attachment to the rad itself is completely different between the orig & this new rad. Another observation that could be a problem for some, is that the rad cap fitting "neck" length is longer than the factory rad, driving the installed rad-cap towards the underside of the hood by about 25 mm. Good thing it still fit (barely) my Jeep's package, or this rad would have had to be returned as a no-fit. Note that since I have a MTX, I did not have to use the ATX trans cooler feature on this rad, so I did not get to find out if there are location issues with trans line fitment. Otherwise, all else was OK, but as you inspect this thing, you realize why the "price was right".

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

DO NOT BUY THIS RADIATOR

By 

from Bethany, CT

About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

Level 1

Pros

  • None

Cons

  • Difficult To Install
  • No Help From Advance
  • Non-standard Size Bolts
  • No Spec Sheet
  • Not Great Price
  • Parts Not Included

Best Uses

  • Wheel Chock

Comments about CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator:

The website says this is an exact fit for my vehicle, however this is NOT FOR MANUAL TRANSMISSION vehicles. Normally (I have done many radiator swaps) the radiator comes with both transmission cooling line adapters AND plugs for manual transmissions. No plugs come with it and they are NOT standard 1/4 or 5/8 size. Shroud mounting bolt holes predrilled BUT NOT THE SAME AS OEM! There is NO SPEC SHEET (nothing at all actually) in the box and Advance doesn't know or carry the parts you need nor will they tell you the manufacturer so you can call and buy the parts from somewhere else.

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1.0

Brand new and leaks

By 

from Maryland

About Me Auto Enthusiast

Pros

  • Easy To Install

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator:

      Price was right and the install was straight forward. The only problem is that the drain leaks. So now I get to either replace the petcock or the entire radiator. Either way, I have to drain the system. I think I'd probably recommend getting the factory radiator rather than saving the money. If you have to install it more than once, how much are you really saving?

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great quality for price. Easy swap.

      By 

      from Hamburg, PA

      About Me Auto Enthusiast

      3 or more reviews submitted

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Driving

        Comments about CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator:

        My 1998 Sahara radiator was springing leaks from top and bottom. After reading reviews I decided to get this one. Overall construction looked close to OEM but I had read in another review stating that the side mounting panels were made of thinner metal and flexed. Because of this I decided to do my own comparison. I removed the panels from my old and new radiators. Because mounting nuts on my old radiator were rusted I cut them off with a Dremel tool. This is what I found....
        Right panel Old 2-lbs-4oz New 2 lbs.
        Left panel Old 1-lb-6oz New 1-lb-3oz
        This may not sound like a big difference but the metal felt noticeably thinner. I did find that the panels are interchangeable so I just painted up my old ones and mounted them to the new radiator.(Easy Fix). Other than that the installation was a breeze. I do suggest that if your jeep has around 100,000 miles on it...change the water pump at the same time like I did....it's 100% easier with the radiator out of the way. Ran about 200 miles...running cool !!

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        5.0

        Easy Radiator Swap

        By 

        from Richmond, VA

        About Me Casual Driver

        Level 1

        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday Driving

          Comments about CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator:

          Original factory radiator in my 1998 Wrangler Sahara finally died of a cracked plastic tank. Ordered online, and picked up 45 minutes later. Came in a CARQUEST box. Reviews that I had looked at, showed fan shroud bolt holes not threaded. Before I installed the radiator, I used the fan shroud bots, and put them in the holes, tightened them, then took them out. Ok, the holes are now threaded. Another issue I saw in the reviews was that the automatic transmission cooler lines fittings do not fit. Well, luckily mine did. Removal of old worn out radiator and thermostat took me about an hour. Installation of thermostat, gasket, and new radiator took another hour. For my 98 Wrangler with automatic transmission, this radiator installation was fairly easy.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          1997 Wrangler overheated with this radiator

          By 

          from South Carolina

          About Me Auto Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Cheap

          Cons

          • Did Not Perform

          Best Uses

          • None

          Comments about CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator:

          Installed to replace radiator with very small leak. Suddenly jeep started running hot at highway speeds. Thought it was related to using A/C which I started doing at the same time of installation. Changed cap, hoses, and thermostat with no help. Still thinking "new" radiator so it can't be the problem. Reinstalled old radiator just to see and heating issue disappeared. This radiator is inadequate for 6 cal straight drive. Think I will go OEM. Hoping I can return this one.

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          (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not a long term fix!

          By 

          from Wv

          About Me Casual Driver

          Pros

          • Easy To Install

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator:

              Use only in a quick fix situation. Radiator lasted 8 months before it started leaking again. Typical leak where top plastic tank seals to aluminum body. Replacing with solid metal one this time.

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              (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              good product for the price

              By 

              from wi

              About Me Casual Driver

              Verified Buyer
              Level 1

              Pros

              • Easy To Install

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday Driving
                • Replacement

                Comments about CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator:

                This is fine as an OEM replacement part... just remember to tap the fan shroud bolt holes...

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                (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect replacement for my Wrangler

                By 

                from Hackensack MN

                About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer
                Helpful Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Replacement

                  Comments about CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator:

                  Easy swap came with the right transmission line fittings.

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                  (7 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good product for the money

                  By 

                  from in

                  About Me Casual Driver

                  Verified Buyer
                  Helpful Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                  • No Improvement In Performance

                  Best Uses

                  • Replacement

                  Comments about CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator:

                  the radiator was waiting for me when I got there. Easy to install. No problems with it so far.

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                  (9 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Shroud holes not threaded

                  By 

                  from Colorado Springs CO

                  About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer
                  Helpful Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Install

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator:

                      I went to install the radiator and the holes for the shroud had not been tapped. Had to tap myself requiring an additional hour installation time.

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                      • Q:

                        I'm installing this in a 2005 Jeep Wrangler LJ with a 4.0 auto transmission. Everything else seems to fit just fine, but I'm having trouble getting the transmission cooling lines (that connect to the bottom of the radiator) to fit. Is there an adapter that I need?
                        Asked on 2/9/2016 by JP

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Hi JP, happy to help you! When installing this CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator (Part No. 431512) the rubber o-rings supplied with the oil cooler adapters need to be installed into the oil cooler assembly fittings before attaching the oil cooler adapters. Failure to install these o-rings before attaching the oil cooler adapters will cause the adapters to not seal correctly and the potential for a leak can occur. For further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                          Answered on 2/10/2016 by Steve from AAP
                      • Q:

                        will this fit a manual transmission 2004 Jeep wrangler x?
                        Asked on 9/9/2015 by bob

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Hi Bob, I'm glad to assist you. This CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator (Part No. 431512) is an exact fit for your 2004 Jeep Wrangler X.

                          Answered on 9/9/2015 by Solomon
                      • Q:

                        When putting in this radiator in my 2005 TJ I came across a problem with the factory transmission cooling lines. The factory lines will not fit the hose barb fittings that came with radiator. How do I go about getting this to work?
                        Asked on 12/13/2014 by Troy

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          I'm happy to help, Troy! When installing this CARQUEST or ToughOne Radiator (Part No. 431512) the rubber o-rings supplied with the oil cooler adapters need to be installed into the oil cooler assembly fittings before attaching the oil cooler adapters. Failure to install these o-rings before attaching the oil cooler adapters will cause the adapters to not seal correctly and the potential for a leak can occur. I have included the tech tip in an attachment sent to your e-mail address.

                          Answered on 12/23/2014 by Heath, ASE Parts Specialist from AAP
                      • Q:

                        I have a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Sport RIGHT HAND DRIVER - like a mail Jeep. I'm wondering if this is the same part for MY Jeep or if I have to find a different radiator?
                        Asked on 9/11/2014 by Shannon from United States

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          I'm happy to help, Shannon! From my research, it looks as though the 2006 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0L L6, Right Hand Drive, uses a different radiator than the Left Hand Drive Wrangler. You local Advance Auto Parts store may be able to help you locate the proper radiator for your vehicle as it is not available on AdvanceAutoParts.com.

                          Answered on 9/12/2014 by Heath, ASE Parts Specialist from AAP
                      • Q:

                        There is a limited lifetime warranty for this radiator, what exactly does that mean? What is actually covered under warranty?
                        Asked on 9/10/2014 by Joe from Port Huron, MI

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Hi Joe, good question! The lifetime warranty part can be refunded for cash/credit within the 90 time frame. After that time expires, it can only be exchanged for a new item. So the warranty is valid the life of the part as long as the customer owns the vehicle.

                          Answered on 9/10/2014 by Solomon
                      • Q:

                        i am wondering if any of this radiator is aluminum?
                        Asked on 3/17/2014 by Susan from Pell City, AL

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Hi Susan! I would be happy to help! This radiator is comes with a plastic tank and aluminium core.

                          Answered on 3/18/2014 by Steve from AAP
                      • Q:

                        what type of radiator coolant does this product require?
                        Asked on 1/9/2014 by mcb99

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          Hi mcb99, good question! The Peak Long Life 50/50 Prediluted Antifreeze/Coolant (1 Gallon) (Part No. PRA053) would be an exact coolant for this radiator. However, to locate the exact coolant, please provide us the year, make, model and engine size of your vehicle.

                          Answered on 1/10/2014 by Steve from AAP
                      • Q:

                        is this radiator made with metal or plastic?
                        Asked on 5/5/2013 by dopey

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          This Ready-Rad Radiator (Part No. 431512 ) is a Plastic Tank Aluminum Core construction. For further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                          Answered on 5/5/2013 by Max from AAP
                      • Q:

                        What country is this radiator made in?
                        Asked on 6/7/2012 by Anonymous

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Advance Auto Parts does sell Made in the USA products as well as products manufactured from many other countries in order to keep our pricing competitive. Please also keep in mind that many suppliers have multiple manufacturing plants that could result in different countries of origin for the same part.

                          Answered on 6/9/2012 by Steve from AAP
                      • Q:

                        I have an 88 jeep wrangler with 4.2l 6cylinder,automatic transmission, and air conditioning. many reviews I read said they had problems with transmission cooling lines fitting. Will I have problems with this. On line it only shows 1 radiator.
                        At the store they list 2 radiators. Please advise.
                        Asked on 3/16/2012 by mike from lorton,va

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          This Ready-Rad Radiator with part#431512 fits your 1988 Jeep Wranglerwith air conditioning and has the lines for the automatic transmission fluid which should work fine without any intermittence.

                          Answered on 3/17/2012 by Vincent from AAP
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