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Where is the radiator drain valve?

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Either side on the bottom of the radiator.

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How do i drain the coolant system on my 1994 taurus


Most radiators have a valve at one of the bottom corners that allows you to drain the system. If there is no valve present, then the easiest way to drain the cooling system is to remove the lower radiator hose.

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Im trying to replace the lower radiator hose and i was wonder if when it goes to the thermostat housing if it goes to the top or bottom opening the car is a 2000 ford taurus with a 24 valve dohc 3.0 L...


The lower radiator hose is usually connected to the water pump. It's purpose is to draw coolant from the bottom of the radiator and circulate it through the engine and heater. a word of caution, even if you drain the radiator when you loosen the hose there will be a sizeable amount of coolant flowing from that point. Keep a pan handy!!!

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Instructions Things You'll Need:
  • Container
  • Jack and jack stands or wheel ramps (if needed)
  • Screwdriver
  • 13mm socket or wrench
  • Thermostat and gasket
  1. 1

    Turn the drain valve at the bottom of the radiator counterclockwise to drain the coolant from your Ford Taurus into a suitable container. Depending on the size of the container, it may be necessary to lift the front end of your Taurus with a jack and lower it onto jack stands, or use wheel ramps.

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    Follow the upper radiator hose to the point where it meets the thermostat housing at the front of the intake manifold. Loosen the hose clamp and pull the radiator hose off the water connection on the thermostat housing.

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    Take out the two bolts on the thermostat housing cover with a 13mm socket or wrench and remove the cover. Clean any old gasket residue from the inside of the thermostat housing cover. Pull out the old thermostat.

  4. 4

    Insert the new thermostat into the thermostat housing with the spring-side facing into the engine. Install the new thermostat gasket. Use a spray adhesive to hold the gasket in place, if desired.

  5. 5

    Reinstall the thermostat housing cover. Tighten the bolts to 89-124 in. lbs. Reattach the upper radiator hose to the thermostat housing. Make sure the drain valve on the radiator is closed.

  6. 6

    Fill the radiator with new or reserve coolant. Start your Ford Taurus and allow it to warm up to its normal operating temperature. Check hoses and connections for leaks and tighten hose clamps to stop any leaks, if necessary. Add more coolant as needed.

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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.

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    Is there a radiator drain plug on a 2003 ford


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    Have to replace water pump on 98 Ford Taurus. Any hints or suggestions would be appreciated before I get out in the snow and cold to fix this.


    You can change the water pump by doing these steps:

    • With the engine off and cold, o pen the hood and locate the vehicle’s radiator and water pump.
    • Remove the radiator cap.
    • Install a pressure tester on the radiator. Apply the pressure indicated on the radiator cap or in the owner’s manual.
    • Inspect the water pump for leaks. Remove the pressure tester.
    • Place a drain pan under the radiator. Open the drain valve or remove the lower radiator hose to drain the cooling system.
    • Remove the drive belts or serpentine belt.
    • Remove any hoses connected to the water pump.
    • Unbolt the water pump from the engine. Remove the water pump.
    • Using a gasket scraper, clean the mounting surface on the engine block.
    • Install a new gasket and attach the new water pump to the engine with the original mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to the manufacturer’s specifications.
    • Re-install any hoses and belts that were removed.
    • Re-install the drain plug or lower radiator hose.
    • Refill the radiator with a 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water. Pressure test the cooling system and check for leaks.
    • Check and fill the overflow reservoir with coolant.
    • Leave the radiator cap off and start the engine. Idle the engine to remove trapped air from the cooling system. Add coolant if necessary.
    • Install the radiator cap.
    • Road test the vehicle and monitor the temperature gauge. If the vehicle runs hot, there may be an air pocket in the cooling system. Allow the engine to cool off and add the necessary coolant.

    Feb 12, 2010 | 1998 Ford Taurus

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    96 Taurus; coolant leaks from radiator drain


    the drain plug will have seals on it, just replace the drain plug. any parts store will have a drain plug/seal

    Oct 19, 2009 | 1995 Ford Taurus

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    I just replaced my radaiator in 1992 ford taurus 3.0 and if you are looking at the car the bottom right side is leaking, what can this be?


    The drain valve is open. it is a "Tee" that can be turned by hand. It is on the "back side" at the bottom of the radiator sticking out towards the back.
    Do not over-tighten (don't use pliers to tighten)

    Not likely that the valve is missing. Look at the old radiator.

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    Remove the lower radiator hose from the radiator.

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    look under the left end of the radiator, at the bottom. Under the "bumper", a small white plastic thumbscrew...it's a valve of sorts to drain the radiator.

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