Hello group! Always get great advice here and need some more...
My 1995 Taurus GL, 3.0/auto with 157,000 Km needs a new rad (corrosion
There is also a very small transmission fluid leak that I suspect is a
corroded line that runs beneath the rad somewhere based on others'
posts. Looking at the fittings where the cooler lines enter the
radiator is rather terrifying to say the least. They're very rusty
and I'm pretty sure they're beyond wd-40 and tlc to remove intact.
Not to mention that it looks like you have to be a Gynaecologist to
get the bottom one off in the first place.
My questions are:
Wreckers want ~$100 CDN for a used rad when I can get one for $160
aftermarket. I'm leaning towards new aftermarket even though I only
really expect one more summer out of the rust bucket. Just don't want
to do this job twice to save $60. Make sense?
Someone in another thread mentioned Ford wanting ~$130 for just one
OEM replacement cooler line which I think is ridiculous but typical.
5/16" seems to be the size and I have a flaring tool... Can I make
new lines myself? I haven't looked at the tranny side of the
connections but from what I've read these are 'quick connect' which I
likely can't make myself. I'm not a huge fan of using rubber hose
clamped to smooth steel tubing, even in low pressure situations. I've
had one come off on my Cummins diesel while doing 120Km/Hr and it
really wasn't pretty! (trans. shop forgot to tighten the clamp after a
flush = 15 quarts of ATF from front fender to tail lights including
Not quite as exciting as as an immersed oil cooler rupturing on the
highway but I'll keep that to myself and yes, I got rid of the
TIA for any recommendations and tips,