Replacing my radiator tomorrow - F150

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Old 05-17-02, 10:43 PM
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Replacing my radiator tomorrow - F150

I'm replacing the radiator in my 1990 Ford F-150 tomorrow (Saturday). I bought a brand new "in the box" radiator, and some new hoses (figured I might as well replace them while I'm at it), and clamps. Of course I have new coolant. It's the six cylinder (4.9L), and manual transmission.

Is there anything else I should know before I go ahead and start?
This is my first one.

Any suggestions to make this job easier would be appreciated!

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Old 05-18-02, 07:31 AM
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Pretty straightforward job. Change the thermostat at the same time you do the job.

Soak the tranny cooler lines going to the radiator (If it's an automatic) good with WD40 and use a flare wrench to break them loose to avoid damage.

Check www.autolibrary.org below for some ideas as well.
 
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Old 05-18-02, 06:31 PM
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Thanks for the recommendation to replace the thermostat. I did replace it. Inexpensive part, so why not, since I had it apart.

The job was pretty easy, as you said. Since it was an aftermarket radiator, I had to modify the fan shroud a little, as far as mounting holes and stuff - no biggie.

The only problem I ran into was the upper hose that the local auto parts store sold me, had a hole in it.

D'oh!

At least it was the upper and real easy to replace.

Thanks again.


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