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Instructions Things You'll Need:

  • Ramps and jack stands
  • Phillips and flat head screwdrivers
  • Container for used coolant
  • Crescent wrenches or Ford disconnect tool T82L-9500-AH
  • Hex nut screwdrivers
  • New radiator
  • Flush treatment
  • Coolant
  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. Fithow to change radiator in a 2001 ford taurus - 2.gif 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.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

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  • snoe2006 Oct 01, 2010

    I need to replace my radiator, (also 2001 Taurus) but find the cooling fans in the way with little access to remove. Are you sure that this can be accomplised on this vehicle.? Would appreciate your response. Also is it necessary to have the Ford tool T82L-9500-AH?

  • yadayada
    yadayada Oct 03, 2010

    these are the correct instructions, u will need the transmission cooler line internal spring clip release tool to get the lines free of the radiator, the tool can be bought from any Napa or Carquest auto parts store or any Snap-on or Mac tool dealer or ordered from Ford, cost about $10.00, and the radiator is removed out the bottom as stated in the Factory repair manual, the open instructions come from the manual if memory serves me right. did a few before i retired in 2002 from a large Ford dealer. I have never tried getting it out the top. Hope this clears things up for u.

  • snoe2006 Oct 03, 2010

    Thank you very much for your help, that does clear it up. I was pretty sure you had to remove from bottom, because there just is no room on top. Thanks again

  • Kenneth Dandurand
    Kenneth Dandurand Apr 24, 2013

    The hardest part of the whole job is the stupid Ford Quick connects....and they do not usually come out. Period.

  • yadayada
    yadayada Apr 24, 2013

    Go down to your local NAPA store and buy the line tools that release the quick connects, a 10 second job with the tools

  • John White
    John White Oct 25, 2013

    my quick connect would not release even using correct tool. finally, after 2 days of frustration, tried spraying white grease into the connection and let it set overnight. it released easily the next morning.



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Bleeding The Brake System Bleeding When any part of the hydraulic system has been disconnected for repair or replacement, air enters the lines causing spongy pedal action (because air can be compressed and brake fluid cannot). To correct this condition, it is necessary to bleed the hydraulic system to ensure all air is purged.
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  3. Use an approved jack and raise the vehicle high enough to place jack stands under all four corners of the vehicle. Place the jack stands under the frame or axles of the vehicle. Ensure that the front of the vehicle is raised higher than the rear.
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  6. Clean the bleeder screws at all four wheels. The bleeder screws are located on the back of the brake backing plate (drum brakes) and at the top of the brake calipers (disc brakes).
  7. Attach a length of rubber hose over the bleeder screw and place the other end of the hose in a plastic jar.
  8. Have an assistant place and hold pressure on the brake pedal.
  9. Open the bleeder screw 1/2 - 3/4 turn. As the bleeder is opened, the brake pedal will travel to the floor. Have the assistant inform you when the pedal has bottomed out. NOTE: Do not remove pressure from the brake pedal once it is bottomed out. No movement to the pedal should occur until the bleeder is closed and the assistant is made aware of the situation. Failure to do this will draw more air into the system.
  10. Close the bleeder screw and tell your assistant remove their foot from the brake pedal. Continue this process to purge all air from the system.
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  12. After bleeding each wheel, check the master cylinder fluid level and add fluid accordingly.
  13. Repeat the bleeding operation at the remaining three wheels, ending with the one closet to the master cylinder. The pattern is, RR, LR, RF, LF.
  14. Fill the master cylinder reservoir to the proper level and install the reservoir cap.

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