After disconnecting the three hoses and the 2 transmition lines from the radiator there should be two bolts holding the top bracket on and the same for the bottom. ( note that you will more than likely have to take the clutch fan off in order to pull the radiator out, and you will have to remove the cover under the radiation on the bottom on the explorer to get to the bottom bracked bolts.)
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disconnect neg battery cable, stick a bucket under petcock (drain valve, wii be at bottom corner) drain radiator remove fan shroud most likly 4 small bolts two per sidedisconnect all hoses ,lines and sensors from radiator remove two radiator brackets, upper left and right corners lift radiator straight up.
THE EASIEST WAY TO REPLACE THIS RADIATOR IS TO REMOVE THE FREON FROM THE AC SYSTEM, DISCONNECT THE LINES GOING TO THE AC CONDENSER, REMOVE THE FAN SHROUD TOP AND BOTTOM, THEN REMOVE THE 13MM BOLTS ON THE UPPER PART OF THE RADIATOR SUPPORTS. REMOVE THE AIR DIFLECTOR ON THE BOTTOM OF THE VEHICLE, REMOVE THE AIR FILTER ASSEMBLY. LAST YOU NEED THE TOOL TO DISCONNECT THE TRANS LINES. ONCE THIS IS DONE THE RADIATOR AND THE CONDENSER WILL COME OUT IN ONE PIECE. AFTER THIS IS DONE YOU CAN EASILY REMOVE THE RADIATOR FROM THE SUPPORT.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE TOOL TO REMOVE THE TRANS LINES YOU CAN UNSCREW THE TRANS LINES FROM THE RADIATOR. YOU WILL HAVE TO REMOVE THE FITTINGS OFF THE NEW RADIATOR AND USE THE OLD ONES. ONCE YOU HAVE THE RADIATOR IN PUT THE FAN SHROUD BACK IN AND TIGHTEN THE BOLTS. THEN IF YOU HAD TO UNSCREW THE TRANS LINES DUE TO NO TOOL, REMOVE ONE OF THE FITTINGS OFF THE NEW RADIATOR AND SCREW THE OLD FIITING BACK IN AND TIGHTEN IT. THEN REMOVE THE OTHER TRANS FITTING AND SCREW IT IN USING THE OLD FITTING. DO NOT REMOVE BOTH OF THE TRANS FIITINGS ON THE NEW RADIATOR AT THE SAME TIME OR YOU WILL LOSE THE RESEVOIR IN THE RADIATOR. ONCE THIS IS ALL DONE EVACUATE THE AC SYSTEM, RECHARGE THE AC, FILL THE RADIATOR WITH COOLANT AND YOU SHOULD BE GOOD TO GO. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND REPLACING THE RADIATOR, THERMOSTAT, AND THE RADIATOR CAP AT THE SAME TIME. I BELIEVE THE THERMOSTATS IN THIS VEHICLE DO NOT OPEN AS DESIGNED WHICH CREATES VERY HIGH PRESSURE IN THE COOLING SYSTEM WHICH CAUSES THE RADIATOR TO FAIL PREMATURELY.
AFTER STARTING THE VEHICLE CHECK THE UPPER RADIATOR HOSE AND MAKE SURE IT IS NOT ROCK HARD, IF YOU DID NOT REPLACE THE THERMOSTAT. IF IT IS ROCK HARD REPLACE THE THERMOSTAT.
THINGS TO CHECK:
CHECK THE RAD/CONDESER SUPPORTS FOR CRACKS YOU MAY FIND THEY ARE BROKEN IF THEY ARE REPLACE THE SUPPORT. IT IS AVAILABLE FROM FORD.
IN THE MITCHELL MANUAL THEY SAY REMOVE THE FAN CLUTCH ASSY AND MOVE THE CONDENSER OUT THE WAY WHICH MEANT PRYING THE CONDENSER OUT OF THE HOUSING. WHAT I DID WAS EVACUATE THE AC SYSTEM AND REMOVED THE RADIATOR AND THE CONDENSER HAS ONE UNIT. I HAD THE WHOLE UNIT OUT IN 25 MINUTES AND PUTTING THE NEW RADIATOR IN WAS SIMPLE. I DID NOT HAVE TO REMOVE THE FAN CLUTCH.. ONCE DONE ALL I DID WAS RECHARGE THE AC SYSTEM. TRYING TO DO THIS IN THE VEHICLE WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. HOPE THIS HELPS.
There is two top brackets on the radiator. Once those are off, it should pull up. Unless the bottom has bolts which usually it's just mounts that you don't have to do anything with.
Then disconnect radiator hoses and the two tranny cooler lines to remove it. If needed, remove the four bolts holding on the fan shroud and remove it.
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I have seen this tool at my local autozone for about ten bucks. There is a 3/8 inch round quick disconnect going into the Radiator. If you have anything that is small enuff to unlock this that can be improvised that may work instead of the tool. It is a very tight fit even with the ford tool and takes some wiggling to break loose. Check your new radiator, the locking clips should be in the inlet and outlet. The factory radiator are metal clips while most aftermarket are plastic
You need to evacuate a/c system, drain radiator, remove fan and fan shrout, disconnect both a/c line's going to a/c condensor, remove upper and lower coolant hoses, you'll well need a oil cooler line disconnect tool ( napa has it part # 775-9086 ) remove both upper bolt's that screw on to radiator support, remove radiator and condensor as one, remove both 10mm bolt's that screw into radiator, remove both side radiator bracket's install both bracket's on new radiator, and reinstall new radiator, you will need to evacuate a/c system and recharge. Hope this was helpful.
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