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Old 01-02-2010, 16:28   #1 (permalink)
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2007 Ford 500 radiator

Hi all. My first post. I have a 2007 Ford 500 SEL with a 3.0L V6 and I'm getting a little engine coolant dripping from the bottom of the radiator. I can't see where it is originating from yet. My question is this. Has anyone in this forum ever removed and replaced a radiator in a 2007 model 500? Looks like it is tucked in there to stay. I searched this forum for a similar post and found nothing. Any help would be appreciated. Also, what are your thoughts on stop leak?

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Old 01-03-2010, 09:59   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2007 Ford 500 radiator

Don't jump to a bad rad conclusion in a 2007!

It's more likely a rusted/broken/faulty hose clamp. If you have the means, have a look under the vehicle to pinpoint the source. A bad rad would be the last thing I'd check.

if you're good with everyday maintenance, and you can get under the vehicle safely. Add some dye to the coolant so you can better see the leak. You can get UV dye so when you use a UV bulb, it'll stand right out and won't hurt the cooling system.
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Crud. Checked the hoses and clamps, all are dry. Thanks for the tip though. I guess I know what I'm doing this weekend. Do you know if the radiator comes out the bottom? Looks like it.

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Looks like you til it forward and lift it out:





1. Drain the cooling system.
2. Remove the air cleaner assembly.
3. Remove the cooling fan motor and shroud.
4. Remove the front grille.
5. Disconnect the upper radiator hose and position aside.
6. Disconnect the lower radiator hose and position aside.
7. Disconnect the horn assembly electrical connector.
8. Remove the horn assembly bolt and the horn assembly.
---To install, tighten to 10 Nm (89 lb-in).
9. Remove the 2 A/C condenser retaining bolts and position aside the A/C condenser.
---To install, tighten to 6 Nm (53 lb-in).
10. Remove the 2 radiator support bracket bolts.
---To install, tighten to 6 Nm (53 lb-in).
11. Remove the 2 radiator support brackets and position the radiator forward.
12. Remove the transmission cooler bracket bolt.
---To install, tighten to 6 Nm (53 lb-in).
13. Lift the transmission cooler off the retainers and position aside.
14. Remove the radiator.
15. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
16. Fill and bleed the cooling system.
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Hey tbird100636 I owe you big time. Thanks so much for this info. You just saved me hours of labor. I’ll let you know how it goes. Not sure when I will get to it but I need to fix it soon. Wife’s car and I don’t need her stranded. Hopefully the radiator is leaking at the tank attachment to the core and it will be repairable and not have to replace.

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