1995-2000 Ford Explorer Radiator Replacement


My 1996 Ford Explorer (The Survivor) is still running strong. It did suffer a radiator leak and when I found out the cost of a new radiator (right around 100 bucks shipped) I figured I would stop putting water in it and just fix it once and for all. This procedure should work fine on 1995-2000  Ford Explorers and if they made a Mercury Mountaineer equivalent to the Explorer it should work on that too. My Explorer has a 4.0L V6 engine with only the transmission cooler. Your Explorer may have a couple of options in the radiator with respect to auxiliary cooling of oil and transmission fluid. The radiator shown above ONLY has the automatic transmission oil cooler option. Make sure you get the right one for your vehicle.

Complexity


This was a pretty easy job. It took about one hour to do the work, again with my taking pictures to show how I did it. It's pretty straight forward and you only need a few tools. So get to it and save some money!

Tools Needed to Replace the Radiator


Metric Socket 10mm
Metric Open End Wrench 16mm
Metric Open End 19mm
(Note : Flare Nut Wrenches are best if you have them)
Needle Nose
Regular Pliers or Hose Clamp Pliers (OTC 4502 Hose Clamp Pliers Set)
Flat Blade Screwdriver
3M Blue Tape (this is a requirement in all projects)


Parts Needed

Radiator - I got mine off of Amazon Here are the numbers that I got for 1996 Ford Explorer V6*

The Specific Radiator I used - Spectra Premium CU1728
All Ford Explorer Radiators on Amazon
3 Gallons of Antifreeze
2 Hose clamps Size 28 (1 5/16" to 2 1/4") or if you are ambitious change all 4.
Drain Pan for old Antifreeze

*NOTE PLEASE CHECK YOUR VEHICLE AND YEAR TO MAKE SURE THE ABOVE WILL WORK, IT'S ALL ON YOU!*

Price was about $100 shipped with Amazon Prime

On the next few pages you can see the process to replace the the Ford Explorer's Radiator.

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