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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?

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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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