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How do you remove a 1997 explorer radiator?

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June 26, 2007 3:08PM

Last week I had to replace the radiator and hoses on my 1997 Explorer XLT, 8 cylinder. I ran into one major hurdle: There was no way to remove the old radiator without first discharging and removing the A/C compressor. Then switching out the old radiator was a piece of cake! Of course I had to replace and recharge my A/C afterwards, which while I hated to spend the $80 to do this, it was STILL better than ripping my hair out trying to figure out a way to get the old radiator out without upsetting the A/C compressor. [If anyone knows of a better way, I would like to know. Also, I didn't have my Explorer on a lift so I'm not sure if that would have helped?] Sincerely, DRS2