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Old 07-14-2003, 20:53   #1 (permalink)
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Cleaning out stuff inbetween radiator and air-con cooler

Whats the easiest way to clean out the stuff that accumulates between these two radiators? The air-con doesn't work and probably never will so I am considering taking the front one off and giving the radiator more direct access to air. My EA is running a bit warm (constant temp tho) and I can see stuff (leaves, etc) in there so I really wanna get this cleaned..

Is the front one hard to remove? It looks like the front bumper and a few pop rivots need to be removed, etc..

Or can I get down into these by taking off the radiator shroud?

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Re: Cleaning out stuff inbetween radiator and air-con cooler

I found how to get in between them - there's a rubber strip that just lifts off and allows access for compressed air or something..

But I am still thinking of getting the front radiator removed - is this much of a restriction? To keep leaves, etc out of the main radiator i'd just put mesh over the front bumper holes (rice up my falcon)

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It's easy to un-bolt the radiator and pull it towards the motor to get behind it and clean it. Be sure not to apply too much pressure!!
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Re: Cleaning out stuff inbetween radiator and air-con cooler

remove the two bolts and rubber seal from the radiator, carefully lift and push back the radiator to blow the crap out thru the bottom. if your engine is running a bit warm it will probably be the engine thermostat, only replace this with a ford genuine part,belive me the others don't work. also check that the viscous fan is operating properly by idleing the car until the engine comes up to normal operating temperature. the fan should lock in and drop out again. the temp gauge should read halfway into the normal range. make sure you clean the junk you blew out of the radiator from under the car before you start it otherwise the fan will suck it back in (this will realy give you the shits) don't give the a/c the arse you'll need it for summer dude. just ask how to fix it and i will reply.
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