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(2002 Ford Taurus)
in Overland Park, KS on October 21, 2010
how do u drain the radiator in a ford taurus 2002
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on October 21, 2010
a lot of the newer cars with oem rads have no drain plug. a shop will use a flush machine to remove all the fluid

Roy
on August 23, 2017
I know this is an old forum, but the question was not answered by a Taurus guy, or he would have had SOME idea of where to look for the plug and to drain it for flushing. On the fourth generation Taurus, you have to remove the plastic protector that's underneath the front grille. Remove the drivers side wheel, use a Phillips head to remove two screws near the front, lower wheel well to help remove the protector. Continue removing the screws (5.5 millimeter), til the protector clears the drain plug. It is a yellowy looking hex head plug. Get a flat capture tray from the dollar store. Use a 3/4" socket on the plug. Drain your coolant.
When replacing the plug, hand tighten. Then, tighten a quarter turn of the socket. That's all that is needed. Those plugs are easy to break. If you break off the top of the plug, and the body of the plug is stuck in the threads, plunge a flat head screw driver in there, and twist it out, counter-clockwise. Ask me how I know this.
And finally, there are also two or three 10 millimeter screws you may have to remove to allow the plastic protector to get outta the way and let you work. They are under the radiator. You'll see them as you remove the 5.5 millimeter screws. Have fun!
Kelsey
on October 21, 2010
remove the lower hose.
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