I've never replaced a radiator before, but I'm the kind of person who learns by doing, following directions, and using common sense. Is there a write-up around here somewhere for a radiator replacement?
If not, does anyone have any tips? I just took it out of the box and I see there's some threaded fittings. Should I be using something like teflon tape on these?
Any advice is appreciated.
John 4.0L 5spd 98 TJ
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I recently replaced the radiator on my wifes Mustang. Was a fairly simple job. Yes, you will want to use teflon tape no the threaded fittings. When you get ready to drain the radiator, place a large pan or bucket if it will fit directly under the radiator drain plug. Be ready for a splash if using the pan. I would also recommend replacing the radiator cap as a precaution to make sure that it has a proper seal. The job is pretty straight forward. Good luck.
I replaced mine a couple months ago. It's very simple. You need to take the shroud off, drain the rad, unclamp upper hose, then lower=may be some more spillage here. Then undo the tranny coolent lines if you have an auto. I believe there are 6 to 8 bolts that hold it in 3 or 4 on each side. Just pull it out slowly. Remember when you are putting in the new rad, to be CAREFULL not to damage to many of the fin's. Thats it. You may want to replace the lower rad, hose while you are at it. Since it will be easier now then later. Good luck.
While your there replace your upper and lower hoses, don't forget to swap the coil springs from the lower hose to the new hose. As for a replacement, you can get a stock one, mine last 150k, or aftermarket all metal, radiatorbarn.com had good prices when I got mine.
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if your replacing the radiator see about getting one without the plastic top/bottom. Those things POP and explode in high temps and thats usually when out wheeling at slow crawl speeds when you need it the most.