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Re: remove and replace radiator
I suggest that you visit the autozone.com website and register the car information. It doesn't cost anything and will give you access to an online repair manual that should show the procedures for removing and replacing the radiator. The manual is a really handy resource for many automotive maintenance issues and I think that you will find it useful for this as well as other maintenance issues in the future. Hope this helped and best wishes.
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Drain radiator by removing lower radiator hose. REmove plastic cover panels on top of radiator. Remove upper radiator hose. Remove radiator fans. Disconnect transmission cooler lines. Remove radiator hold down bolts. Reverse to install.
remove radiator no problem, just drain radiator using clean large drain pan.you 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.
YOU NEED TO DRAIN THE COOLANT SYSTEM. REMOVE THE AIR CLEANER ASSEMBLY.YOU NEED TO UNBOLT SWING AWAY THE ENGINE TORQUE STRUT MOUNTS FROM THE UPPER RADIATOR SUPPORT.LOOSEN THE THE THROUGH BOLTS IN THE STRUT MOUNTS FIRST TO AVOID DAMAGE TO THE RUBBER BUSHING.YOU NEED TO REMOVE COOLANT FANS AND REMOVE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR FROM THE LOW COOLANT SENSOR IN THE RIGHT RADIATOR TANK.DISCONECT THE COOLER LINES FROM THE RADIATOR CAP ENDS LINES PREVENT FLUID LOST.USE DRIP PAN TO CATCH FLUID.BESURE TO TAG OR NUMBER TRANSMISSION COOLER LINES SO THEY CAN BE INSTALL IN THE ORINAL POSITION.REMOVE THE COOLANT OVERFLOW JUG HOSE FROM RADIATOR AND REMOVE THE UPPER AND LOWER RADIATOR HOSES THEN PUT EVERY THING BACK VISA VERSA.BESURE REPLACE ALL HOSES, TOP HOSE AND BOTTOM RADIATOR HOSE REPLACE THERMOSTAT AND RADIATOR PRESSURE CAP.IF YOU BEEN HAVING OVER HEATING PROBLEMS REPLACE THERMOSTAT ALSO.
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.
BUY YOUR RADIATOR HOSES FIRST MAKE SURE NEW HOSES MATCH THE OLD HOSES. BUY NEW RADIATOR CLAMPS AND HAVE EXTRA GALLON OF ANTIFREEZE. MAKE SURE ENGINE IS COOL IF YOU GOING TO CHANGE TOP RADIATOR HOSE REMOVE RADIATOR CAP OR OVER FLOW JUG CAP IF YOUR RADIATOR DONT HAVE RADIATOR CAP FIND RADIATOR DRAIN PLUG.PLACE A CATCH PAN.OPEN RADIATOR DRAIN PLUG CATCH ANTIFREEZE. DRAIN HALF ANTIFEEZE IF YOU GOING TO REPLACE TOP HOSE AND DRAIN OUT ALL ANTIFREEZE IF YOU GOING TO CHANGE LOWER COOLANT HOSE TO WATER PUMP.WHEN DONE CLOSE DRAIN PLUG.PUT ANTIFREEZE IN A SAFE PLACE FROM PETS AND KIDS UNTIL JOB DONE. WHEN YOU REMOVE COOLANT REMOVE WATER HOSE CLAMPS THEN REMOVE RADIATOR HOSES PUT NEW RADIATOR HOSES AND CLAMPS ON HOSES TIGHTEN HOSE CLAMPS DONT OVER TIGHTEN. POUR ANTIFREEZE IN RADIATOR.CRANK ENGINE UP CHECK FOR LEAKS.CHECK COOLANT LEVEL WHEN THERMOSTAT OPENS ADD MORE COOLANT AS NEEDED.
Tools: 1. Combination Wrench Set 2. Screwdriver 3. Flashlight 4. Cooling System Pressure Tester 5. Needle Nose Pliers 6. 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet 7. Socket Set
Supplies: 1. Coolant
Steps: 1 Open the hood and locate the vehicle’s radiator. o Tip: Safety Tip:Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or safety shoes.
2 With the engine off and cold, remove the radiator cap.
3 Place a drain pan under the radiator. Remove the drain plug or remove the lower radiator hose to drain the cooling system. o Tip: Twisting the hose or using a screwdriver may allow easier removal. o Tip: Lifting the vehicle will give better access to the lower radiator hose.
4 Remove the upper radiator hose.
5 Remove the radiator fan shroud or remove the electric cooling fan assembly. o Tip: Transmission cooler lines will need to be removed when replacing the radiator.
6 Remove the radiator. o Tip: Some older metal radiators can be taken to radiator repair shops for repair.
7 Install the new or repaired radiator. Make sure it is aligned.
8 Install the lower radiator hose and clamp. o Tip: Replace the hose and clamps if necessary.
9 Install the radiator fan shroud or electric cooling fan assembly.
10 Install the upper radiator hose and clamp.
11 Fill the radiator and radiator reservoir with a 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water.
12 Install the radiator pressure tester and check for additional leaks.
13 Re-install the radiator cap and start the engine.
14 Monitor the engine temperature. o Tip: DO NOT allow the engine to overheat.
15 Road test the vehicle, maintaining supervision over the temperature gauge.
16 Verify repair by inspecting for leaks or overheating.
it is not that hard to replace the radiator. you can do it. remove negative cable from battery,drain radiator,remove top and bottom radiator hoses,remove transmission lines from the radiator, remove bolts in plasticradiator cover,remove all hoses connected to radiator, after everything is disconnected radiator will pull up and out
If you are looking at replacing the "a/c radiator (called the condenser), It's a straightforeward '" take out, put in" operation. You need to remove the regular radiator first. Use flair nut wrenches when removing any steel or aluminium lines. on any lines that are "free standing" Use two wrenches... one to keep tube on component from twisting, one to remove feed line. Be aware that on a/c components, there is often residual freon in line still under pressure. Protect eyes when removing any lines. System will need to be evacuated & recharged after work is complete.Pay attention to ends of any lines removed. often there are small "o" rings which must be replaced. If only removing radiator, (for cooling system) just remove & replace. (trans lines are removed with flair nut wrenches as well)