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Old 03-27-2005, 12:02   #1 (permalink)
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96 Ford Explorer V8 Radiator

I'm trying to replace my 96 Ford Explorer V8 radiator. It has air
conditioning. The condenser for the air conditioning is attached to
the radiator by clips. I can't get the condenser off of the radiator.
The clips on the driver's side seem to be the difficulty. Any tips or
tricks to pull the radiator? Thanks



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Old 03-27-2005, 18:02   #2 (permalink)
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"To Arms!!" <toarms_removespam@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I'm trying to replace my 96 Ford Explorer V8 radiator. It has air
> conditioning. The condenser for the air conditioning is attached to
> the radiator by clips. I can't get the condenser off of the
> radiator. The clips on the driver's side seem to be the difficulty.
> Any tips or tricks to pull the radiator? Thanks

Well the new (made in China) radiator is in. Appears there are no
leaks. I've replaced radiators in older cars, but I've got to cuss
the idiot who designed the way that the condenser is attached to the
radiator. Someone must have earned his master's degree in autocad to
design this cluster ****. Now I know why I paid more than $25k for
this truck new - to pay the engineers who don't have a clue to keep
it simple. I'm sure when the truck was built that the condenser and
radiator probably went in as one unit. What should have taken a
couple of hours took most of the day. Of course the Haynes Ford
Explorer Automotive Repair Manual was of no use - "Remove the radiator
mounting bolts. On 5.0L V8 models detach the plastic clips at the
bottom of the radiator that hold the condenser to the radiator (they
are on the sides and simply don't just detach). Carefully lift the
radiator up and out of its lower mounting pads....yeah right.

Just to continue my rant against Ford engineers, last year I was going
to change my thermostat. Two bolts, a little sealant around the
gasket, replace the hose that goes between the radiator housing and
water pump and I'd be done with it. What can be so difficult about
replacing a thermostat? Well the brain child engineers at Ford
decided that the hose between the thermostat housing and the water
pump should be one size at one end and another size at the other end.
Of course I had decided to do this on a Sunday so the Ford parts
department wasn't open. Fortunately, I didn't cut the hose off and was
able to use the old hose. What would be so hard to cast the
thermostat housing fitting the same size as the water pump fitting and
use a piece of heater hose that would cost 50cents instead of the
$9.00 5" length of hose that Ford designed?



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