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Old 08-22-2013, 08:26 PM
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Front grill access

So I have this rather large butterfly that got through my grill and is lodged in the radiator.
I want to remove it and clean the venting but don't know how to access the area. When the bonnet is open, I can't get to it and there seems to be no access from underneath.
Any ideas except for very long nose pliers?
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:01 PM
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Use pressurized water or air to blow it out from the opposite side of the radiator.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:24 AM
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I had the exact same thing happen a couple of years ago, except I had about 3-4 butterflies glued to the radiator. I used a long bamboo skewer to gently pick them off the radiator, then I was able to rinse them out of the engine compartment just with my normal washing routine. In other words, I didn't need to direct a high pressure water stream anywhere. The butterfly will be fairly fragile as it's been desiccated by the heat from the radiator. Here is the link to the discussion we had. Hope it helps.
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