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I replaced the radiator in my 88 ford taurus and it came with new transmission line fittings. How do I replace them? I can't get the old fittings off of the lines.

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I have a 2003 Ford Taurus I just replaced the radiator and reservoir a new thermostat and it's leaking water what could this be now...oh yeah and replaced the motor transmission fliter

Most likely a loose hose clamp or loose bolts/ bad gasket at the thermostat housing. Is the petcock closed at the bottom of the radiator?

Aug 13, 2014 | 2003 Ford Taurus

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How do you remove a radiator

remove radiator no problem, just drain radiator using clean large drain can buy drain pan at any auto parts stores.just drain radiator remove top radiator support and cooling fan.then remove top and bottom radiator hoses and remove the transmission cooler lines.when replace radiator good time replace all coolant hoses and replace thermostat and radiator pressure cap if good time replace radiator with new coolant.

Mar 23, 2013 | 2000 Ford Taurus

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Remove a radiator from a 2001 Ford Taurus

Ouch! Kinda steep. I'd buy a Haynes or Chilton manual for around $25. It will give you a step by step procedure. Those transmission cooler lines can be troublesome to remove, but be persistent. Sometimes a flare wrench helps to keep from rounding the shoulders on the nut or fitting. Just buy one of the correct size at a parts store. Or use the **** method-Visegrips. Works great! When you get them off, check for any little brackets that may be holding other lines secure, and bolted to the radiator sides or near the bottom. Good luck.

Apr 12, 2012 | 2001 Ford Taurus

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How to change a radiator out having trouble with the transmission line and heater line. I'm removing the radiator to replace and I'm having trouble with losening the lines from the radiator

You need to get the ford quick disconnect tools needed to disconnect both lines. Should be able to get these tools at any auto parts store.

Apr 04, 2011 | 1999 Ford Taurus

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Removal and replace radiator on 1990 ford taurus V6 3.8L w/AC

  • Remove the pressure cap. Place it aside for the new radiator.

  • Drain the coolant into a drain pan. The drain valve is located at the bottom of the radiator. Twist it counterclockwise until the fluid starts to drain. Close the valve when the coolant stops draining.

  • Locate the transmission lines at the bottom of the radiator. Ensure you mark both of the lines so you will know which one goes where. Unscrew these with a line wrench. Plug the line with a towel to prevent the transmission fluid from leaking out.

  • Unscrew the radiator hoses at the top and bottom of the radiator. The hoses are held on by hose clamps that can be loosened with a flat head screwdriver. Slide the hoses off the radiator with your fingers after the hose clamp is loosened.

  • Pry the overflow hose off with your fingers. The hose slides over a tube at the neck of the radiator.

  • Unscrew the mounting bolts at the base of the radiator. There will be one bolt on each side which can be unbolted with a socket wrench.

  • Unsnap any sensors connected to the radiator. They will have quick connect fittings that can be undone by separating the tabs and pulling apart.

  • Unscrew the fan shroud with a socket wrench. The fan shroud will slide off the top of the radiator. You can also remove the cooling fan as it is held onto the fan clutch by four small bolts. You will need a socket wrench to remove.

  • Lift the radiator out from the hood. You may need assistance as the radiator can be heavy and awkward to lift.

  • Oct 08, 2010 | 1990 Ford Taurus

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    Line loose from 2000 ford taurus transmission thats goes to radiator

    Those other guys are out of line and wrong.
    Fellas if you just guessing stay out of it.
    Taurus has "o" ring fittings with nylon retainers and are free to move. If its not leaking dont worry about it.

    Sep 22, 2010 | 2000 Ford Taurus

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    How to change a radiator on a 1996 ford taurus

    1. Step 1 Drive your Ford Taurus up a set of ramps onto a pair of jack stands, if it is a 1996 model or newer. Remove the lower splash shields. For 1986 through 1995 models, you can remove all necessary components from above.
    2. Step 2 Begin by disconnecting the negative battery terminal and draining the radiator into a transportable container. Open the plastic draincock on the lower rear of the radiator and crack the radiator cap.
    3. Step 3 Remove the overflow tube from the coolant recovery bottle and disconnect it from the radiator. On SHO model engines, remove the recovery bottle as well. Next unscrew the shroud and remove it from the retaining clips. Disconnect the wires to the fan motor, and remove the fan assembly and shroud in one piece.
    4. Step 4 Squeeze the hose clamp ends together on the radiator side, and remove the upper and lower hoses. For automatic transaxle models, use either the custom Ford disconnect tool T82L-9500-AH or two crescent wrenches to remove the transmission coolant lines.
    5. Step 5 Disconnect the radiator supports. 1986 through 1992 models will have two upper retaining screws for 3.0 liter and SHO engines. 3.8 liter engines will have two driver's side hex nuts and two passenger side screws. All other models have either the upper screws or the combination of right hand hex nuts and left hand screws.
    6. Step 6 Tilt the radiator backwards toward the engine and lift it out. Fit the new radiator into the support and replace the support screws and nuts. Reattach the hoses and wires in reverse order.
    7. Step 7 Flush the new radiator with either water or a commercial flush treatment. Connect your battery terminals and replace the coolant and let the engine idle for 5 to 10 minutes with the heater on and the radiator cap removed. Top off the coolant as necessary.
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    Aug 10, 2010 | 1996 Ford Taurus

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    How to remove and replace radiator on 1998 ford taurus

    1. Disconnect battery ground cable.
    2. Remove the battery.
    3. Remove clip retaining constant control relay module and position module aside.
    4. Remove battery tray.
    5. Remove radiator cap.
    6. Raise vehicle on hoist.
    7. Remove radiator splash shield.
    8. Drain engine cooling system.
    9. Remove radiator mounting bracket assembly.
    10. Remove lower radiator hose.
    11. Partially lower vehicle.
    12. Remove upper radiator hose.
    13. Remove radiator overflow hose.
    14. Remove upper A/C condenser core retaining bolts.
    15. Remove upper A/C transmission oil cooler tube clips.
    16. Remove upper transmission oil cooler tube (7C410) using 3-8 inch fuel line disconnect tool 310-041 (T90T-9550-C).
    17. Raise vehicle on hoist.
    18. Remove lower transmission oil cooler tube clips.
    19. Remove lower transmission oil cooler tube using 3/8 inch fuel line disconnect tool 310-041 (T90T-9550-C).
    20. Remove transmission oil cooler bracket and position transmission oil cooler aside.
    21. Remove lower A/C condenser core bolts and position A/C condenser core (19712) aside.
    22. Remove radiator support bracket.
    23. Remove radiator.

    May 07, 2010 | 1998 Ford Taurus

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    New radiator wont go back in right.

    if your talking about the line that goes into the radiator for automatic transmission same thing happened to my brother in laws van where the line will thread in but after its screwed in it feels loose
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    May 06, 2009 | 1993 Ford Taurus

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    1988 ford taurus transmission lines leak at radiator

    Well they should be a flared line and not leak make sure they are good and tight if they are try using some plumbers tape on the threads.

    Jan 11, 2009 | 1988 Ford Taurus

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