1998 Ford Escort Radiator change

Tiny
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  • 1998 FORD ESCORT
Engine Cooling problem
1998 Ford Escort 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 90000k miles

How do you change the radiator in a 1998 Ford escort XL? Are there other parts you need to change at the same time?
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Friday, November 13th, 2009 AT 12:44 PM

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Tiny
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It's actually pretty simple. First make sure your engine is completely cool, then go ahead and jack it up, get a bucket, and drain the radiator via the drain spout on the bottom corner of the radiator. Disconnect your hoses (including the metal ones), then remove the two little holders on the top of the radiator (should be a size 10 wrench or ratchet), and also a few nuts on the sides of the radiator that you will have to look for that will need to be taken off, then you can pull the radiator straight up out of the car. The fan is going to come with the radiator, so after getting it out of the car, just unplug the fan and unscrew it from the radiator and switch it over to your new radiator (unless your radiator came with a fan) If you're putting a used one in, make sure to flush it first, and also pay attention for leaks while flushing it. If you notice a leak, at least it saved you the problem of putting it in all the way and then discovering it, then just repeat the steps backwards. When disconnecting or reconnecting the hoses, you may need to finaggle the radiator a little to get the right angle on the hose clamps to get them off, but it's pretty easy. Also, make sure that when you put the clamps and hoses back on, that they are not twisted and that the clamps will be easy to access in case this ever needs done again. As far as changing anything at the same time, unless a hose, fan, or clamp is shot, the radiator is pretty much standalone on all escort models. After you're finished putting it back together and hooking up the fan wire and hoses, just fill it up and cap it and you're ready to go. I recommend going ahead and putting fresh antifreeze in it too.
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Monday, November 16th, 2009 AT 4:24 PM
Tiny
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Originalmink85: I'd like to thank you for a very clear detailed answer - much appreciated.
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Monday, November 16th, 2009 AT 5:06 PM

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