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Re: how to remove radiator
Taking the fan out IS the easiest way. Most autoparts stores lend this exact tool out at no charge. Using the tool is the easiest, but not impossible to do it without it. Just need to be careful not to damage the threads on the bolts.
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The fastest way to check a radiator fan is to turn on the a\c while idling , this should automatically turn on both fans at once, if they don't come on first check the fuses then the fan relay. If the motors are working when the a/c is on then your thermoswitch has gone bad (its located somewhere on the radiator, look for two wires coming out of it)
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Hi. Here's the procedure if you are going to replace the radiator fan.
Things You'll Need:
Container for old coolant
Set of socket wrenches
Ford disconnect tools or crescent wrenches
Disconnect the negative battery terminal to prevent damage to any electrical parts. Open the drain **** on the lower rear of the radiator, remove the radiator cap and drain the coolant into an empty container. Remove the overflow tube from the radiator and the coolant recovery bottle.
Unbolt the shroud with a 10 mm socket wrench and position it over the fan, out of the way. For a 5.0 liter engine on a 1991 through 2001 Explorer, also disconnect the electric fan wires and remove the radiator shroud. For a 4.6 liter SOHC engine, remove the A/C tubing from the retainer clips on top of the radiator.
Use a Ford model specific disconnect tool to remove the transmission coolant lines on an automatic transmission. You can use two crescent wrenches as a substitute for the disconnect tool, just be careful not to twist the lines.
Remove the four bolts holding the radiator in place with a 10 mm socket wrench. Place a piece of cardboard on the side of the radiator facing the engine as you remove it, to prevent damage to any engine components.
Crawl under your Explorer and take the cooling fan out for 2002 and newer models. Again, you need some Ford specific disconnect tools to do this. Remove the fan bolts as well as the shroud, followed by the 4 radiator push pins. Also remove the A/C condenser brackets near the rear of the radiator, and wire the A/C condenser in place to keep it from getting damaged.
Remove the radiator from the engine compartment. Models made between 1991 and 2001 will let you lift the radiator out by itself. For a 2002 or newer model, pull the radiator up, rest it on the wall of the engine compartment, and separate the A/C condenser from the radiator.
Install the new radiator in the engine compartment. Once you have it resting in place, reattach all components in reverse order. Use a flush treatment, then replace the coolant. Turn the car on and let the car idle, with the heater on and the radiator cap removed, until it reaches normal operating temperature. Top off your coolant as needed.
Locate water pump.. It's where the bottom radiator hose goes from the radiator. Remove any brackets or parts that are in your way. Remove water pump! Reverse procedure for installation.You have to remove the fan clutch from the water pump shaft and lift the shroud, fan and clutch all out together. remove two bolts in the center radiator support which let the radiator move forward an inch or so, loosen the fan from the clutch for a little more wiggle room to get it out. The shroud will have rubber splash shields hooked to the lower sides too, so be sure to unhook them or you will tear out the holes in the rubber shields.The fan clutch has to come off anyway because it's attached to the water pump. You don't need to remove the fan shroud. Just take out two bolts on the fan clutch and loosen the other two so you can push the clutch back a little (DON'T let the fan clutch fall). Then remove the water pump. It's a little tight, but much easier than removing the fan shroud.the only specialty tool that you will need is the water pumpt "grab" tool and the fan clutch wrench. These two items come together in one kit that you can rent from the Auto Parts store. The "grab" tool holds the water pumpt pully firmly while you rotate the fan clutch retainer using the fan clutch wrench.
DO NOT attempt to use a break over bar or some other home-grown tool to hold the water pump pully while attempting to break the fan clutch free - you will mess up the heads of the four retainer bolts holding the pully to the water pump face.this will help.thanks.
You need the special tool that will hold the water pump pulley and a 32mm open ended wrench. Ebay has the set for around $20. The thread is the opposite than normal too! Easy to take it all off with the right tools. 15 minutes max.
First you have to remove the air intake panel by either the screws or the pushclips on the sides. This then simply lifts up allowing you to gain acces to the radiator fan.
The viscous coupling fan is then held on by what appears to be a large nut coming out the side of the engine. i believe this is a 32mm ad an open ended spanner is the tool for the job. However its on tight so gently tap with a hammer to loosen and able to unscrew by hand. The fan cover/gaurd around the fan is held on again by 2 screws/pushclips on either side and would need to be lifted out with the fan.
When reversing the steps to fit a new one you only need to nip up the fan when tighteneing as the it uses the rotation of the engine to keep the fan tight in place!
Not a difficult job but can be tricky putting the new fan back on the threads!