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I am removing a radiator from a 1997 Ford Explorer 5.0 L engine. I have got everything done until I realized that the A/C coil is attached to the front of the radiator. It appears that it will slide out to one side as there are some plastic prongs that appear to slide into some grooves on the radiator housing. Will it slide out without disconnecting any A/C lines? What is the best way to do this without damaging anything?

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It will come out without disconnecting the ac just try to tie things out of the way by prying and use a couple of bungy cordes to give youself clearance.

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How do you remove the radiator from a 97 explorer? Namely the plastic brckets that hold the rad and air cooling coils together?

There is two top brackets on the radiator. Once those are off, it should pull up. Unless the bottom has bolts which usually it's just mounts that you don't have to do anything with.
Then disconnect radiator hoses and the two tranny cooler lines to remove it. If needed, remove the four bolts holding on the fan shroud and remove it.

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