Ford Radiator Fitting Guide For Novices

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There are several things to remember when removing and refitting a Ford radiator.

The first is the fragility of the unit. Most modern Ford radiators are made from an aluminium centre core capped on both ends with plastic tanks.

Unlike the older copper and brass Ford radiators they are not easily repaired and even the slightest nick in the aluminium core can render the Ford radiator useless.

The Ford radiator plastic end tanks are also fairly fragile and great care should be taken to not knock the plastic locating pins.

NEVER remove a Ford radiator cap from a Ford radiator expansion tank or Ford radiator whilst the engine coolant is still hot. Great pressure can build up in some Ford radiator systems and the fitter must be sure that the engine and it's cooling system have had sufficent time to cool.

If your Ford replacement radiator is of copper and brass construction be careful  not over tighten any threaded fittings such as the hole for the radiator fan switch. The fittings are only soft soldered into the Ford radiator tank and can easily be broken if over tightened.

Care should also be taken when removing and refitting the Ford radiator hoses on to the Ford radiator pipes, again these fiitings are soft soldered and can form leaks if excessive force is used.

If your Ford car radiator has an inbuilt oil cooler with threaded fittings for the pipes ensure they are not cross threaded when attaching.

Always, always, always replace the anti freeze solution when refilling the Ford radiator. The antifreeze also acts as engine coolant as it has a higher boiling temperature than water. Aways use the manufacturers recommended soultion and observe the correct ratio of water to anti freeze.

When you are confident that the Ford car radiator is fitted correctly and all pipes are sufficently tightened you will need to run the engine until it gets warm enough for the thermostat to open and circulate the water through the entire system. It is ESSENTIAL to remove any trapped are from the Ford radiator cooling system as air expands greatly and can blow a Ford radiator from the pressure build up.

It is advisable to set the heater temperature control to HOT as this will allow water to circulate through the unit. Do not switch the fan on as this will only slow the process of heating the system.

If you are in any doubt about removing or refitting a Ford radiator you should leave it to your local garage or Ford radiator specialist.

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