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how to remove radiator from ford windstar

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how to remove radiator from ford windstar
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Randall C replied 6 years ago.
Hello, My name isXXXXX will do my best to assist you with your question


In order to try to help you, I need to know what year you have and what engine size? LMk thanks
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Sorry, 1999 Windstar, 3.8. I have disconnected everything. I need to know the trick on how to take out the cooling fans. There does not seem to be enough room to just lift out.
Expert:  Randall C replied 6 years ago.
really no trick that i am aware of. Once all is disconnected and fans are unbolted from radiator, then the unit will lift up and out. Here is rad removeal and at the end is the cooling fan removal

REMOVAL

  1. Disconnect battery ground cable.
  2. Drain engine cooling system.
  3. Disengage grille opening panel pushpins.
  4. Disconnect engine cooling fan motor wiring connectors.
  5. Remove engine cooling fan motor, fan blade and fan shroud assembly mounting bolts.
  6. Position wiring harness out of the way and remove engine cooling fan motor, fan blade and fan shroud as an assembly.
  7. Disconnect radiator overflow hose, upper radiator hose and lower radiator hose.
  8. Disconnect and plug transmission fluid cooler lines from radiator.

NOTE: Do not unscrew fittings on radiator.

  1. Remove headlamp mounting clips with snap ring pliers.
  2. Remove turn signal lamp retaining nut and position headlamp and turn signal lamp out of the way.
  3. Remove grille opening panel bracket bolts (four per side). Do not bend grille reinforcements.



  1. Remove two radiator grille opening panel brackets.



  1. Remove hood latch support retaining bolts. Pull support forward.
  2. Remove radiator mounting bolts.



  1. Remove grille opening reinforcement retaining screws (three per side). Remove radiator grille opening panel reinforcement from vehicle.
  2. Remove top condenser-to-radiator mounting screws.
  3. Lift up A/C condenser core while pushing down on radiator to disengage clips on bottom.
  4. Remove radiator from vehicle.

INSTALLATION

  1. Install radiator in place.
  2. Position A/C condenser core.
  3. Install top condenser-to-radiator mounting screws. Tighten to 10-12 Nm (89-106 inch lbs.).
  4. Install radiator grille opening panel reinforcement and screws. Tighten securely.
  5. Install radiator mounting bolts. Tighten to 5-7 Nm (45-61 inch lbs.).
  6. Position hood latch support and install hood latch support retaining bolts. Tighten to 25-35 Nm (19-25 ft. lbs.).
  7. Install radiator grille opening panel brackets. Tighten screws securely. Do not bend grille reinforcements.
  8. Position turn signal and head lamp assembly.
  9. Install turn signal lamp retaining bolt. Tighten to 5-7 Nm (45-61 inch lbs.).
  10. Install headlamp mounting clip.
  11. Connect transmission fluid cooler lines to radiator.



  1. Connect radiator overflow hose and lower radiator hose and upper radiator hose.
  2. Position engine cooling fan motor, fan blade and fan shroud as an assembly and install mounting bolts. Tighten to 10-12 Nm (89-106 inch lbs.).
  3. Connect engine cooling fan motor wiring connectors.
  4. Install grille opening panel pushpins.
  5. Connect battery ground cable.
  6. Fill the radiator with the recommended 50/50 mixture of Ford Premium Cooling System Fluid and water. Operate the engine for several minutes and then check the hoses and connections for leaks.
  7. If screw-type clamps are used, retighten clamps after engine has warmed up.

REMOVAL

  1. Disconnect cooling fan motor connectors.
  2. Remove fan shroud retainers from radiator.
  3. Slide engine cooling fan motors/fan blades/fan shroud assembly clear of radiator tank hose connector and lift up past radiator.



INSTALLATION

  1. Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
  2. Tighten fan retaining bolt to 2.6-3.7 Nm (23-32 inch lbs.). Tighten shroud retaining nuts and bolts to 8-12 Nm (67-92 inch lbs.).

REMOVAL

  1. Disconnect cooling fan motor connectors.
  2. Remove fan shroud retainers from radiator.
  3. Slide engine cooling fan motors/fan blades/fan shroud assembly clear of radiator tank hose connector and lift up past radiator.



INSTALLATION

  1. Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
  2. Tighten fan retaining bolt to 2.6-3.7 Nm (23-32 inch lbs.). Tighten shroud retaining nuts and bolts to 8-12 Nm (67-92 inch lbs.).

REMOVAL

  1. Disconnect cooling fan motor connectors.
  2. Remove fan shroud retainers from radiator.
  3. Slide engine cooling fan motors/fan blades/fan shroud assembly clear of radiator tank hose connector and lift up past radiator.



INSTALLATION

  1. Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
  2. Tighten fan retaining bolt to 2.6-3.7 Nm (23-32 inch lbs.). Tighten shroud retaining nuts and bolts to 8-12 Nm (67-92 inch lbs.).

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

ok I've got everything loose and now I' trying to separate the airconditioning core from the radiator and I'm having a hell of a time. I don't want to damage the airconditioning core. The instructions say to lift up while I push down...did that not working...HELP!!!
Expert:  Randall C replied 6 years ago.
Try this procedure as its worded slightly different. May help

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2. Drain the cooling system.



  1. Disconnect the upper radiator hose from the radiator.



  1. Disconnect the electrical connectors and the harness.



  1. Disconnect the overflow hose from the radiator.



  1. Note: A/C condenser must be secured.

Tie the A/C condenser to the upper radiator support.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle.



  1. Remove the five screws to access the A/C condenser bolts.



  1. Remove the bolts from the A/C condenser.



  1. Remove the bolt and position the A/C muffler bracket out of the way.



  1. Disconnect the lower radiator hose and the degas bottle supply hose from the radiator.



  1. Using special tool 310-040 (T9OT-9550-B), disconnect the transmission cooler tubes from the transmission.



  1. Unclip the transmission cooler tubes from the lower radiator support.



  1. Disconnect the auxiliary cooler tubes.



  1. Remove the four bolts and the radiator support.



  1. Remove the radiator, fan and the shroud assembly.



  1. Remove the radiator guide pins.



  1. Remove the bolts the fan and the shroud assembly from the radiator.



  1. Disconnect the transmission tubes from the radiator.

Installation




  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
OK I went out and bought the coupling tool. If I undo the hoses that are in the way, won't I loose the freon?