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Replacing Radiator

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Old 06-14-2013, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default Replacing Radiator

My co-worker hit a raccoon with his '09 4.0 Mustang. His radiator was damaged and needs to be replaced because it cannot hold the coolant. He didn't even save the raccoon to make a cool hat, but anyways...

He's ordered a new radiator and asked me to help install it. This is one job that I don't have experience with. Can anyone direct me to a good how-to? Any tips? Does the the transmission fluid (he has an automatic) need to be drained as well?

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Old 06-14-2013, 10:46 PM   #2
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This should get you going...

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Old 06-15-2013, 06:02 AM   #3
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Fairly straight forward job - trans cooler is separate from the radiator, it just unbolts
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:30 PM   #4
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I’d also recommend picking up a
Spill Free Funnel kit (Lisle #24610) Spill Free Funnel kit (Lisle #24610)
. Makes refilling & bleeding the radiator so much simpler.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:07 PM   #5
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Did said Raccoon survive? I have my own Raccoon tragedy story, want to hear it?
No! Well anyway here it is.

Came down a hill in Passco Wa. and in my lights were 7 of the critters around their squashed breakfast, they just stared at me, then panic set in. I'm in a Semi, long story short, one got away, only to be hit by an adjacent car. Next of kin have been notified, no damage to the Rig and I'm out of therapy thank you.
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