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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2017, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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95 4.6l radiator info? leak

95 4.6l with 200k mile original radiator is leaking. it appears to be coming from the right front of the radiator. It just started with the cold nj winter weather. i've read posts that say it the plastic side tank? which is attached to the aluminum part of it. can you reseal this somehow or just buy a new one. ebay has them for about 75$.

? when the trans line is disconnected , what fluid comes out of that line?

i guess i wasn,t specific enough. how much trans fluid comes out. answer: its alot

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With 200K I'd just replace it. But that's just me.

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? when the trans line is disconnected , what fluid comes out of that line?
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My radiator did the same thing. I replaced it. Afterward I thought that it looked like it was leaking around the drain valve. Might have been fixable but oh well, new is good. Same thing, after I hooked up the transmission fluid lines they leaked. Then I found out to first put teflon tape on the fittings.
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I had a minor leak on my old 95's radiator. It only leaked when it sat in the Winter. I had the car for 15 years, never replaced it. It only leaked a very small amount, and eventually stopped for like 8 years, then started again right before I sold it.

Never leaked once it got warm out. If yours is about the same, I would just keep an eye on it. Sometimes, laziness pays off!


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That's how mine was too, Al, did it since I bought it in 05 and between then and 2011 when I finally swapped it for a Cobra rad. There were huge spans where there wasn't even a drip, then I'd see a puddle on the garage floor, then there'd be another huge span of time with no leak again. it was on the passenger side near the top at the side tank joint. There's actually a service procedure and special tool, illustrated in the Ford service manuals to replace the gaskets between them,

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-21-2017, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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radiator trans fluid? alot

did the radiator change because it seen better days , when i opened the transmission lines i was surprised how much trans fluid drained out (1/2 quart ?) onto the ground. . it makes that job a real mess. DID anyone flush out the new radiator ? the trans area and antifreeze area prior to installation?
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I've never flushed a new radiator before installing it.
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