I had an exciting time tonight taking the radiator out of our 1995 Windstar.
The mechanics quote this as a 3-hour job. I had read online that many amateurs had done it in less, but some took a little more. I took a lot more.
Granted I wasn’t working with full earnest on the job the whole 6-1/2 hours, but this is the length of time it took me. I wish I had begun before 2:30.
Did I mention this was just to get the radiator out? I don’t even pick up the replacement until tomorrow. OK, now for the fun part: part of the removal calls for disconnecting several “quick connect/disconnect” lines that apparently Ford loves to put in their engines. Or at least they did in the 90’s. And nowhere in the instructions to use the quick disconnect tool did I see any other warnings. (Cue ominous music).
One of these “quick disconnect” lines was met with a “quick disappearance from the scene” by the pre-amateur mechanic. For probably 30-45 seconds, a cold high-pressure released itself with a modest amount of greenish liquid. After running around the corner, realizing that I didn’t need to go change and I hadn’t lost any body parts to frostbite, I reapproached the wires, still losing pressure but not nearly at the vigorous rate with which it began. The shop light was laying on the ground about 10 feet from the van and a couple tools had been randomly strewn in my near-death escape.
My question is, though: what was this? What did I do? How did I not see this coming? Was this just radiator fluid under high pressure? Do I have to do anything special to restore this pressure when I reconnect the hoses tomorrow night? OK, it was 5 questions and not 1.
And I realize I could probably do some research and find out the details of what I did, but I could not think of a more apropos place to vet the story and get some feedback.
Perplexed on the Pacific