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Re: 2000 Mercury Mountaineer V-8 with A/C. I'm trying to remove the radiator but it appears that the A/C condensor and engine radiator were installed at the factory as one unit. I've got the right side A/C condensor bracket loosened, but the center left bracket connection to the radiator is impossible to slip out of position. What is the technique used in the shop to get this radiator separated from the A/C condensor bracket so that I can lift the radiator out?

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  • mtnpilotdive May 30, 2009

    I loosened the fan to give me more room. I'll go remove the fan completely to see if I can shift the radiator slightly back on the right side to see if I can slip that bracket out. I'll bet back with you after a while with the results.

  • mtnpilotdive May 30, 2009

    I'm taking a brief lunch break. The problem now is trying to knock the shaft of the fan clutch loose from the water pump. Must be rusted, or something? I don't believe that the shaft is threaded onto the water pump flange....or is it?

  • mtnpilotdive May 31, 2009

    Turns out that the fan clutch shaft is unscrewed from the water pump flange. Okay, after I get the proper tool to do that everything should work out. Thank you.

  • mtnpilotdive May 31, 2009

    The only comment I have to make is of the poor quality of engineering that went into the design of the vehicle. This should have been a simple fix, but because of lack of foresight of the designers, it became a real pain in the **** to do!


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Here are instructions for radiator removal. At the bottom, there will be links with pictures.

Removal & Installation

  1. Drain the cooling system. Remove the overflow tube from the coolant recovery bottle and from the radiator.
  2. If necessary, remove the air cleaner outlet tube from the throttle body.
  3. Remove the retaining bolts at the top of the shroud, and position the shroud over the fan, clear of the radiator.
  4. If equipped with the 5.0L engine, remove the engine fan and the radiator shroud from the vehicle
  5. If equipped with an automatic transmission, disconnect the transmission cooling lines from the bottom of the radiator.
  6. Disconnect the upper and lower hoses from the radiator.
  7. Remove the radiator retaining bolts or the upper supports and lift the radiator from the vehicle.

Hope this answers your question and makes your repair easier. Best of luck.

Posted on May 30, 2009

  • Greg Margossian
    Greg Margossian May 30, 2009

    I'm willing to bet removing the fan and shroud will give you just enough room to slide the radiator out. Those 5.0 motors don't leave much wiggle room.


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