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Why does the radiator move around?

From gti-vr6-owner@dev.tivoli Thu Oct 29 18:45 CST 1998
To: <gti-vr6@dev.tivoli>
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] Radiator?
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 19:38:25 -0500
>Since my accident I have been really scrutinizing my car to make sure
>everything is as it should be.  I had a new radiator put in and I have
>that the left side moves slightly back and forth, front to back movement.
>This is done by pushing on the top front of the radiator on the left side
>through the front grill.  Does anyone else's radiator do this or is mine
>a little loose?

Yup, this is normal, to an extent.  The term VW uses is "decoupled"
mounting.  The bolts that go in the top of the radiator support are really
pins that fit into plastic and rubber sockets on the top of the radiator.
This allows the radiator to move around a little, which reduces vibration.
If you think the movement is excessive, try to see if the sockets are
missing or broken (I wouldn't be surprised if this was the case).  It might
be easiest to do this by popping off the grill.  I broke one of mine along
with the right headlight, grille and a few other pieces when I hit a small
deer going 70 MPH (me that is, not the deer - well, OK, it ended up going 70
MPH in all different directions).  No sheet metal damage, though.  Lucky me.

'97 GLX

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