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How to Remove the Radiator From a 2000 Lincoln LS

by Jericho McCune

The Lincoln LS is a mid-sized sedan manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. The 2000 model year was its first year in production. The radiator on the Lincoln LS cools the engine during operation so it doesn't become too hot and seize up. When the radiator begins to fail, the LS will overheat, which can lead to worse damage. Removing the radiator so that you can repair it or install a new part is something you can do at home in less than an hour, though it helps to have previous auto-repair experience.

Park the Lincoln LS on a flat surface and set the parking brake. Open the hood and secure it in position with the hood prop. Disconnect the negative battery cable with a socket wrench. Let the engine cool if it has been running.

Twist open the radiator cap to release pressure. Set a bucket under the radiator's drain plug. Remove the drain plug with a socket wrench and allow all of the coolant to drain.

Loosen the hose clamps on the upper and lower radiator hoses with a flat-head screwdriver. Disconnect the upper and lower radiator hoses.

Remove the two bolts holding the upper radiator sight shield in place with a socket wrench. Remove the upper radiator sight shield. Disconnect the air cleaner outlet tube by pulling it free.

Remove the two bolts in each of the radiator support brackets. Remove the support brackets. Brace the radiator with a free hand or have an assistant help to keep it from falling.

Lift the radiator and fan assembly out of the Lincoln LS until the electrical connections on the rear of the fan assembly are accessible. Disconnect the electrical connections, then remove the radiator from the vehicle.

Warning

  • Coolant can be very dangerous if it isn't handled properly. Keep it in a sealed container away from children and animals. Dispose of old coolant as soon as possible by delivering it to a recycling center or mechanic that can deal with petroleum waste.

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