"Ulysses" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> "John Riggs" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> The radiator has a spring doesn't it? It is a pressure
>> release..... no
>> lever needed.
> I'm thinking you left out the word "cap." Yea, the cap has a spring
> supposedly when it gets to something like 13 psi the pressure will
> push the
> spring and allow coolant to flow into the reservoir. Since the
> was (is) full I guess the cap worked as it was supposed to.
> I'm considering getting the $150 radiator from Auto Zone instead of
> the $450
> OEM from Ford. Anyone have any opinions on this? I had bad luck
> with the
> $18 heater cores and ended up getting the OEM from Ford but I can
> the radiator 3 times for the money. Would I just be wasting my
> money with
> the cheapie?
I changed out my OEM radiator with a Autozone made in China radiator.
It cost a bit under 200.00 and
came with a life time warranty. It went into my 96 V8 Explorer. The
only bitch was getting the condinsor off and then back on the
radiator. I also had a slight leak at one of the tranmission fittings
due to me not tightening it up tight enough. I had to remove the
fitting to make sure the o-ring was still in place and then used
teflon tape around the threads. If you use the Autozone radiator, be
sure to buy a different drain plug than come with the radiator. The
drain plug that came with the radiator was a cheap plastic screw in
plug that used a allen wrench fitting to remove it. This cheap
plastic screw in drain plug breaks easily (wonder how I know that?).
I'm glad I saved the money, but I sure hope I don't have to replace
the radiator again.
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