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Old 07-11-2017, 04:11 PM   #1
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Anyone changed the radiator yet?

Well...mine is shot for good now...

This morning I saw a river of coolant on my driveway... the bottom of the radiator is rotten.

I am not afraid to replace it but when reading the Ford service manual they say AC as to be disconnected. This is an area which will force me to go to the dealer.

Anyone replaced the darn radiator without disconnecting the AC lines?


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Sorry to hear about your radiator.
Question? Did it rust away from the outside (you think?)
Or did it rot from the inside to out?

I always try to run water at good pressure into the radiator area.. when I wash the car. To help keep the salt at bay.
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:43 PM   #3
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Well...mine is shot for good now...

This morning I saw a river of coolant on my driveway... the bottom of the radiator is rotten.

I am not afraid to replace it but when reading the Ford service manual they say AC as to be disconnected. This is an area which will force me to go to the dealer.

Anyone replaced the darn radiator without disconnecting the AC lines?
I miss the nice repairable brass radiators my older fords had. I hate these soda can thin aluminum with plastic endcaps glued on radiators everything comes with now.
I've replaced a few radiators on the street for some cars, none on a mk3 focus, but I never had to disconnect the a/c lines to get the radiator out.
Lines go to the condenser, which is usually just held on the radiator with clips, hangars(or sometimes nothing) or some crap like that.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:37 PM   #4
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Doesn't look like you need to discharge AC. https://youtu.be/J0UYEaPkId8
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You should not have to remove any a/c stuff.
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Old 07-12-2017, 03:40 PM   #6
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Sorry to hear about your radiator.
Question? Did it rust away from the outside (you think?)
Or did it rot from the inside to out?

I always try to run water at good pressure into the radiator area.. when I wash the car. To help keep the salt at bay.
I said rotten but it looks like its the plastic end that leaks.

I will take picture when it's out.



Thanks tnygigles66 you made my day!

Ford Service Manual remove differently than the ST video ... it's faster the way they show in the manual... IF... you have access to R134a and vacuum pump for the AC.

I will go the youtube way :)
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i did mine because it too was leaking at one of the side welds where it meets plastic. and i was also replacing my thermostat to a 180.

all you need todo is take off bumper, remove all the shrouds behind it. remove the fan, disconnect the radiator support, make sure you have a big catch under the entire front of car when you disconnect all the hoses. then slide it all out. reverse for install. never need to touch the AC lines. they will just hang
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i did mine because it too was leaking at one of the side welds where it meets plastic. and i was also replacing my thermostat to a 180.

all you need todo is take off bumper, remove all the shrouds behind it. remove the fan, disconnect the radiator support, make sure you have a big catch under the entire front of car when you disconnect all the hoses. then slide it all out. reverse for install. never need to touch the AC lines. they will just hang
Thanks! Already ordered the radiator ... ~130$ USD
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if you are tuning your car go pick up a 180 thermostat from advanceauto for like ~25 and install that while you have your system drained.

also remember to get a few gallons of motorcraft fluid at the dealer


edit: to add part #48728 is what you need from advance auto parts. or what ever is the canadian equivalent

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if you are tuning your car go pick up a 180 thermostat from advanceauto for like ~25 and install that while you have your system drained.

also remember to get a few gallons of motorcraft fluid at the dealer


edit: to add part #48728 is what you need from advance auto parts. or what ever is the canadian equivalent

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS SITE



Thanks I already ordered the same stat...and even almost changed the water pump but then again I have time until the next radiator change in less than 5 years
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