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2006 ford explorer radiator

I've figured out my radiator is bad and am replacing it. I've got everything I can think loosened and out of the way, but I can't seem to get it out. The only thing I can think of that I haven't removed is the A/C condenser. Do those bolts need to come off the support for the radiator to be free to come out? Also, I didn't remove the fan. My dad is having a fit and says that's it, but I don't see any clearance issues with the fan/shroud on there. Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous Sep 18, 2008

    I have everything loose however I can not get the radiator out of the bracket on the bottom how shall i remove it from there?

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2009

    2006 Ford Explorer radiator failed. Common problem. No help from Ford. No help from the dealership. Not happy



  • TairZ78 Apr 07, 2009

    I had the same troubles with my radiator. I live in Florida and drive up to Massachusetts every year for the holidays. The last two years I get there and notice the coolant leak on the drive way. The first year it was covered under the base warranty, last year the same thing happened AGAIN, luckily I have an extended warranty that covered it but I specifically asked if there was a possibility of a faulty radiator and the dealership said no. Are all the faulty radiators cracking at the seams?

  • ottevor Oct 03, 2011

    Can you please explain how the AC condensor has anything to do with the RAD. I can learly see the RAD is free, but something on the bottom is holding it in, and i can't figure it out. thanks ottevor@gmail.com mike

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You have to remove the fan shroud first then unbolt the a/c condesor from the radiator, be careful not to bend the fins on either the condensor or radiator. did you remove the cooler lines for the transmission? In your model you might also have an extra trans oil cooler thsat could be bolted with a bracket. good luck please rate this

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Take it to the dealer, certain vin numbers had faulty radiators installed from the factory. The seams of the radiator leak when the suv is first started and after it is turned off and cooled down. The dealer replaced mine but there was no delivery date available on the new radiator so I had to contact Ford directly. Call the roadside number and go to the prompt for machanical problems, thats what I did.

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