2001 Ford Windstar Remove a Radiator

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The radiator on a 2001 Ford Windstar cools the engine fluid that cools the engine block. If the radiator gets damaged or corrodes from the inside out, it can develop a leak. This will lead to a loss of coolant, which will eventually cause the minivan's engine to overheat. Before this happens, if you notice a leak in your radiator, you need to replace it with a new one, starting with removing the old radiator. The job should take you about an hour to do.

Tools Used[edit]

Tools
Open-end wrench set
Drain pan
3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket set
Flat-head screwdriver
Phillips screwdriver

Remove a Radiator[edit]

  • Park the Windstar and let it cool for a few hours so that the coolant can get to a safe temperature. Put a drain pan underneath the driver's side of the radiator. Open the petcock on the bottom of the radiator on the driver's side, using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Empty the coolant into the pan.
  • Pop the hood. Remove the pushpins around the grille opening using your hands. Unplug the cooling fan wiring harness with your hands. Unbolt the cooling fan from the radiator with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Lift the fan out of the engine bay.
  • Remove the hose clamps on the upper and lower radiator hoses with the flat-head screwdriver. Pull the hoses off of the radiator with your hands. Remove the clips holding the headlights in place using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Remove the turn signals from the core support with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, then pull the turn signals and headlamps off to the side.
  • Unbolt the grille opening panel bracket bolts using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Detach the radiator grille opening panel brackets with the ratchet and pull it to the side. Unbolt the hood latch support with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and pull it to the side.
  • Unbolt the radiator from the core support using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Detach the retaining screws on the grille opening, using the Phillips screwdriver. Unbolt the air conditioner condenser from the core support with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Lift it up and out of the core support as you simultaneously push down on the radiator to release the clips holding the radiator to the base of the core support. Lift the radiator up and out of the core support and away from the vehicle.