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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-16-2006, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Radiator replacement Qs.

My GF currently drives a 4.6L 97 T-Bird. The car currently has 62300 miles. I believe the radiator sprung a leak on the right side. I checked all the hoses and looked good. At first I thought the drain-plug was loose (pathetic I know), since it is about the general area where her coolant is leaking. But it doesn't seem to be the problem.

What are some good OEM replacement radiators? I do NOT want to modify the car, I just want a simple swap, don't have a need for additional coolant capacity etc.

The OEM replacement from FORD is an outrageous $235 AFTER discount...
I checked rock-auto.com and they list a SPECTRA PREMIUM Part # CU1551 for $114 and a PROLIANCE Part # 432344 for $134.

I did a search in the forums and found that people dislike the factory aluminum/plastic combo radiators... but since I want OEM i think I'll have to stick with them. Has anyone used the above mentioned radiators? And are they any worse than stock?

I added a tranny cooler to her car (Tranny>Radiator>Tranny cooler>Tranny) and I want to bypass the radiator once I swap the new one in. Is a 24k tranny cooler enough to bypass the radiator without seeing increased tranny temperatures? Or should I hook everything up the same way it was before.
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Not sure about the radiator aspect of the setup, but that tranny cooler is more than adaquate to cool the trans on its own. In fact, you will most likely see lower trans temps. I kept my factory trans cooler in the loop to help keep the fluid warm in the winter. But even in the 108 deg temp this summer, running the A/C, and a 3500 stall converter, I never saw more than 190 deg on my trans temp.


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I got a Visteon manufactured OEM radiator on radiator.com for 156$ It even came with FoMoCo trans line fittings. Ive had mine in since early 2003 and have had no problems.

With the trans cooler, you are going to want to use both the heat exchanger on the trans and the aftermarket cooler, it will help the fluid warm up to operating temp in the winter better. Mine is mounted on the bracket between the AC condensor and the PS cooler.

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Car is located in california, and it will probably never see temperatures below 40 degrees F. So I am not sure if the fluid needs heating up during winter months.

Thanks for the heads up on the radiators.com website.
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some of us don't have the option of inline heat exchangers in the radiator

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well i maybe able to help i work for a automotive cooling products.we sell all the above rad's.I think we could sell ya a visteon for around a 100.00 that's ballpark #'s.I do know you would have to pay with a credit card. call this number 913-438-4884 ask for phil.Tell him buddylee said for you to call.I will talk to him tommorow about it.
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I just checked out the site radiator.com, and they have some pretty cool articles (no pun intended). I will have to talk to the guys in my MG car club and show them the article on who probably does not need a custom Griffin aluminum radiator for the 80 HP MGB.


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