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Old 04-27-2010, 06:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Good morning, our 97 Taurus has had a radiator leak for years and it is now time to change it. I am a little confused as to how to remove it. A search hasn't helped. Does it come out from the top or bottom? Does the bumper cover need to be removed? I am also going to replace the thermostat so any tips would be appreciated. Is there anything else I should replace while I have things apart? I will check hoses and other wear items while doing the radiator. Thanks for any help. Jim
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I believe the 96-04 Taurii (maybe even up to 2006) radiators ALL have to come out from the bottom. I know this is true of my 2001 Taurus. This will require the splash screen to be removed. IIRC, it has 7 smaller bolts around the front and 3 larger bolts in the middle that have to be removed.

If you want a good place to drain, there is a T junction on the passenger side of the car (lower rad hose area). It's usually easier to get to than the petcock which is plastic and can break on the drivers side of the radiator.

Check first that your radiator does or does not have the Transmission Oil cooler attached to the side of it. You can tell by following the metal lines from the transmission. They will either connect to a finned pipe that sits in front of the Radiator and A/C Condenser (behind the bumper cover) or they will lead into one side (usually Passenger side) of the radiator. If they lead into the radiator, then you will have to get some gas line/oil line tools to remove them and be careful not to break or kink them when removing the Radiator.

Bumper cover should not have to be removed.

While you have everything apart, it would be good to check your degauss tank (coolant overflow tank) for any hairline cracks. These are the weakest link in the system and are prone to cracking and leaking coolant. It may just be worth getting a quality part and keeping this one for a rainy day, your call.

Also, backflush the heater core, there is a good 'Clinton Flush' procedure in the Topic Finder.

I would also recommend running some Cooling System Flush in your system when you have everything back together. It's usually only a few bucks and all the cold weather is pretty much gone from the country now, so you shouldn't have to worry about running just water in your cooling system for a day or two.

Only other thing is, remember to use only Distilled Water when refilling. Using tap water will shorten the life of the parts for sure!
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on my 90 and 95 it was from the top and it a tight squeaze
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CAUTION: Do not mix Standard (green) Coolant with Extended Life Coolant (orange). If mixing occurs, drain engine cooling system and refill with originally equipped coolant type. If this contamination occurs, the service interval on Extended Life Coolant will be reduced from 6 years/150,000 miles to 3 years/30,000 miles.

Disconnect battery ground cable (14301) .

Remove the battery (10653) as described in Section 14-01.

Remove clip retaining constant control relay module and position module aside.

Remove battery tray (10732) as described in Section 14-01.

Removeradiator cap (8100) .

Raise vehicle on hoist as described in Section 00-02.

Remove radiator splash shield.

Drain engine cooling system as described in this section.

Remove radiator mounting bracket assembly.

Remove lower radiator hose (8286) .

Partially lower vehicle.

Remove upper radiator hose (8260) .

Remove radiator overflow hose (8075) .

Remove upper A/C condenser core retaining bolts.

Remove upper transmission oil cooler tube clips.

Remove upper transmission oil cooler tube (7C410) using 3/8 Inch Fuel Line Disconnect Tool 310-041 (T90T-9550-C).

Raise vehicle on hoist.

Remove lower transmission oil cooler tube clips.

Remove lower transmission oil cooler tube using 3/8 Inch Fuel Line Disconnect Tool 310-041 (T90T-9550-C).

Remove transmission oil cooler bracket and position transmission oil cooler aside.

Remove lower A/C condenser core bolts and position A/C condenser core (19712) aside.

Remove radiator support bracket.

Remove radiator (8005)
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Removing the transmission cooler lines will probably be the hardest part....probably take a few hours total for the job.
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Thanks for the replies. I am doing this in the driveway and do not have a lift. I would imagine floor jacks and stands would be OK? Thanks again. Jim
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Regular Jackstands as high as they will go will get the job done.

Two things

Go to harbor freight and get this
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/disp...temnumber=96834
or see if the local parts store has it on their loan a tool program.

The thing that stumped me for a while was where it unbolts.
Stand looking at the front of the car.
There are two holes approximately 1" in diamter. Those are the access points for the bolts.

It's not a hard job at all. getting the Tranny lines disconnected was the hardest part.

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Thanks. Will this work? Jim

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EDIT AZ actually has the same set as HF. Jim

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QUOTE (mwt @ Apr 27 2010, 10:04 AM)
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The thing that stumped me for a while was where it unbolts.
Stand looking at the front of the car.
There are two holes approximately 1" in diamter. Those are the access points for the bolts.[/b]
They are on the top right and top left parts of the front grill area, right around the headlamps. Look in and you will see a bolt. Undo this bolt and the radiator will start to shake at the top.


As for the transmission lines, I never had a problem. Don't be afraid to be a bit forceful. You have to push in the tool and pull out the line. The tool basically expands a plastic retainer allowing the line to pull free.
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QUOTE (redidbull @ Apr 27 2010, 09:17 AM)
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Thanks. Will this work? Jim

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EDIT AZ actually has the same set as HF. Jim

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This is one of the biggest PITA I have ever done. I still have not gotten it all back together. I had the rad in but couldn't get the other coolers lined up so took it back out. I HAD to take a break. Jim
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