If you're replacing it and don't mind destroying it, pinch the hose as much as you can starting from where it's connected till you are able to pinch it to where you might be able to make your fingers come together. Cut the hose with a knife all the way through. See if you can now twist the hose and pull at the same time. If it busts loose, you should be able to remove it.
However, if it still doesn't want to come off, stick a thin flat tip screwdriver between the hose and the part it's installed on. Push it till it pops out the other end. Keep doing that all the way around the hose. Soon you will find the hose will pull off!
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This is actually not too difficult.
I recommend replacing the upper, and lower radiator hoses while you are replacing the radiator if they are getting old.
1. Disconnect the battery.
2. Remove radiator fan (Some had two 10mm bolts at the top, and slots at the bottom, others had two more 10mm bolts on the bottom.) - And unplug the electrical connector.
3. Disconnect transmission lines (you will loose a bit of fluid)
You may also have two engine oil cooler lines that need removing (Also may loose some oil)
4. Remove upper and lower radiator hoses, and the overflow jug hose.
5. Unbolt radiator (should have two 8 or 10mm bolts connecting it to the radiator support near the top of the radiator)
6. Pull radiator up and out.
7. Reverse for reassembly
8. Refill radiator, I usually leave the top radiator hose loose while filling to remove air bubbles in the engine. - reconnect upper hose when fluid starts to get close to the radiator inlet. Some of these engines have a small brass air bleeder near the thermostat housing to accomplish this in a different way. Also fill the overflow jug about half way.
9. Check transmission, and engine oil. - Run engine, and watch for any leaks. - Recheck antifreeze just to be sure. Obviously don't open the radiator cap when the engine is hot.
Most radiators have a fan bolted to the front which needs to be unbolted and removed. Drain the radiator with the drain plug in the bottom, then remove the upper and lower hoses. Next remove the bolts holding the radiator to the frame ( there will probably be about six: two at the top, two half way down, and two on the bottom. Sometimes there are only the two on the top and the radiator sits into little cups. In which case, after removing the bolts juts pull up and out.
Follow these steps and it will help. But nothing is as good as a Video. YouTube would help at that. Drain the radiator by twisting the drain plug at the base of the radiator in a counterclockwise direction with a wrench until the radiator fluid begins to exit from the center of the plug. Tighten the plug back into the radiator after the radiator is drained.
Remove the four bolts from the center of the fan blades with a wrench then pull the blades off of the water pump.
Disconnect the intake manifold hose, the heater hose and the lower radiator hose from the water pump. The intake manifold hose is located on the right side of the top of the water pump. The heater hose is just to the left of the intake manifold hose, and the lower radiator hose is located at the bottom of the water pump. Each of the three hoses attaches to the water pump with a band clamp. Loosen the screw on each band clamp with a flat head screwdriver then pull the hoses off of the water pump.
Disconnect the alternator brackets from the water pump. The alternator uses an upper and lower bracket, each of which is secured to the water pump with a single bolt. The opposite end of each bracket holds the alternator in place with a bolt. Loosen the bolts which hold the alternator to the upper and lower brackets, then rotate the alternator towards the engine to slacken the alternator belt. Pull the belt off of the front of the alternator, then remove the bolts which hold the upper and lower brackets to the water pump with a wrench.
Remove the bolts which secure the water pump to the front of the engine then pull the pump off of the engine.
Smear gasket sealer over both sides of the replacement water pump gasket then push one side of the gasket onto the back of the water pump. Position the water pump onto the front of the engine then install each of the water pump's retaining bolts with a wrench.
Position the upper and lower alternator brackets against the water pump, then install the brackets' retaining bolts through each bracket and into the water pump with a wrench.
Place the alternator's belt into the groove of the alternator's pulley then pull the alternator away from the engine to tighten the belt. Tighten the bolt which secures the bottom of the alternator to the lower alternator bracket with a wrench.
Position the fan blades onto the tip of the water pump then install each of the four fan blade bolts with a wrench.
Slide the intake manifold, heater and radiator hoses onto the water pump, then tighten each hose clamp with a flat head screwdriver.
Remove the radiator cap and fill the radiator with a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze, then install the radiator cap.
Not too difficult, a little time consuming. First, take off your negative connection on battery. Drain radiator from bottom plug or drain. You will have to remove the cooling fan assemblies: unplug electrical connectors, and unbolt assemblies from top of radiator or support brackets. Bottom of assemblies may have bolts also, or may just fit in slots. Now remove the top and bottom radiator hoses- loosen clamps, and work hoses back and forth till they're free, then pull off. Also, remove little hose to your coolant overflow tank from radiator filler neck. Check if all electrical and other connections are free. Radiator is bolted by two (or more) upper bolts to radiator support, Don't think there are any on bottom- radiator should pull up and out now.
on radiator at bottom it's left side at bottom (face the car)is drain plug loosen to let some of coolant out dont have to drain all of it (gallon or so)
follow top hose to engine at end of hose will be thermosat housing it be 2 bolt's holding it on (1/2 inch socket )
before taking out bolt's take clamp off of hose & pull hose off.
now take bolt's out
lift housing off
look at how thermostat is in
take out thermostat dicard
clean gasket off of housing & engine block
put sealer on block & put thermostat in (same way came out)
put gasket on block & put thermostat housing on ,put bolt's in ,tigthen bolt's (20 flbs)
put hose on & tigthen clamp
close drain plug & titghen
top off radiator with coolant
crank engine , tpo off w/more coolant if need it ,let it run & come to temperture ,top off radiator again ,because when the thermostat open's coolant will begin to flow ,when full put cap on radiator ............DONE
Remove the pressure cap. Place it aside for the new radiator.
Drain the coolant into a drain pan. The drain valve is located at the bottom of the radiator. Twist it counterclockwise until the fluid starts to drain. Close the valve when the coolant stops draining.
Locate the transmission lines at the bottom of the radiator. Ensure you mark both of the lines so you will know which one goes where. Unscrew these with a line wrench. Plug the line with a towel to prevent the transmission fluid from leaking out.
Unscrew the radiator hoses at the top and bottom of the radiator. The hoses are held on by hose clamps that can be loosened with a flat head screwdriver. Slide the hoses off the radiator with your fingers after the hose clamp is loosened.
Pry the overflow hose off with your fingers. The hose slides over a tube at the neck of the radiator.
Unscrew the mounting bolts at the base of the radiator. There will be one bolt on each side which can be unbolted with a socket wrench.
Unsnap any sensors connected to the radiator. They will have quick connect fittings that can be undone by separating the tabs and pulling apart.
Unscrew the fan shroud with a socket wrench. The fan shroud will slide off the top of the radiator. You can also remove the cooling fan as it is held onto the fan clutch by four small bolts. You will need a socket wrench to remove.
Lift the radiator out from the hood. You may need assistance as the radiator can be heavy and awkward to lift.
Drain the radiator there is a plastic screw plug at the bottom of the radiator, after that disconect the upper and the lowwer hoseby loosening clamps then take a large pair of channel lock pliers to rotate gently the hose where the calmp was located to crack free the hose bond to the radiator pipe after sliding off the hoses remove both smaller hose going to the radiator they use either screw on clamps or the type you squeeze with pliers to spread and remove, once emoved pull off the hoses, after that remove the two clamps located on the top of the radiator, after that unplug the wire coming off the radiator fan, you should now be able to slide the radiator up and out of the car if not remove any other hoses there is a vent hose near the radiator cap remove it. The fan must be unbolted from the radiator and bolted onto the new one there is usaully 4 bolts if neccessary remove and reuse the bolt clips that the bolts screw into from the old radiator to bolt the fan on to the new radiator after bolting the fan on to the new radiator slide the radiator back down into the rubber support bushings that are at the bottom where the radiator sits look for the two holes that the pins at the bottom of radiator fit into the radiator must fit into these holes to ensure proper installation reconnect all hoses and wires, refill radiator with 50% water 50% antifreeze mix and check for leaks after full and running for ten minutes.
after disconnecting the three hoses and the 2 transmition lines from the radiator there should be two bolts holding the top bracket on and the same for the bottom. ( note that you will more than likely have to take the clutch fan off in order to pull the radiator out, and you will have to remove the cover under the radiation on the bottom on the explorer to get to the bottom bracked bolts.)