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I have a 1996 ford mustang coupe 3.8L V6. I notice alot of steering noise (whining) when at low level of speed. I also have seems like to me that whenever I go over a speed bump or pot hole(on the interstate) that my car bounces or sways. # 3 question when you replace a radiator what parts do you need to purchase to replace it? I heard you have to replace the water pump as well...

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  • horne_21 Feb 18, 2010

    Thank you so much! When replacing a radiator I noticed mud, rust/dirt sludge in all of the cooling system (radiator, hoses, water pump) I know this isn't normal but what could this be from? Also the bottom radiator hose has a set of metal springs in it,( Is that normal?) they are not sitting in the hose properly could these springs made the rust sludge in the coolant system? Should I replace this hose also?

  • horne_21 Feb 18, 2010

    Is there a special tool that can be used to do a flush through the coolant system? I know shops around town charge 70$-90$ to do a coolant flush.... I would rather do it myself than to spend that if possible..

  • horne_21 Feb 18, 2010

    well found out they sent a radiator for a 2000 mustang. It seems bigger but doesnt bolt to the same place as the old one.. Is there anyway I can get this one to fit into my 1996 mustang? Or should I go ahead and get the right year model radiator to put in it?



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Hello. I hope this information helps. I'm thinking the whining noise you hear is most likely the power steering pump, it may be low on fluid. At worst, it may have gone dry at sometime in it's history and need replacing. Swaying or bouncing could be the shock absorbers or the actual steering linkage. An easy way to check your shocks is with the car sitting still push down on the fender and bounce it about 3 times, when you let go it should stop bouncing quickly, if it keeps bouncing you need new shocks. It is not necessary to replace the water pump when you replace the radiator, I think some people do since they already have the system drained and with the radiator off it gives you more room to work, so it's not a bad idea, and the water pump shouldn't be that expensive. I would also replace the upper and lower radiator hoses and the heater hoses.

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    BeninVa Feb 18, 2010

    Hello again. The sludge can come from a couple of things. Corrosion or rust, or someone could have mixed the wrong types of anti-freeze at some point. As for that hose, it comes with the spring when new and that spring could have rusted also. I would recommend replacing it. I would also flush the entire system to get it as clean as possible. And if the sludge build-up was bad in the water pump, ( which you said it is ), in this case it's probably not a bad idea to replace it too.

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    BeninVa Feb 18, 2010

    You sure are having a string of bad luck. I would send it back and get the proper part. Unless you are absolutely sure about fitting the bigger one, and in my opinion, it's not worth taking the chance. There are a couple of ways to flush the system. You can buy a fitting that goes into one of the heater hoses and hook a garden hose to it. It's called a flush kit. That is what they will do at a service center. Or, I have taken both radiator hoses off, and removed the thermostat and flushed the engine that way, but that way is messy and you don't want to get any electrical components wet.



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