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guys This is killing me. stupid haynes says "just pull the radiator....." well, that is harder than it sounds! it took me a while just to locate and be able to DRAIN the radiator! Now, Im a decent mechanic but I fought with that radiator for hours, got the fans out but Im sure I damaged the radiator in the process anyway! ARRRGGHHHH. What am I doing wrong? right now, the rad is stuck to the A/C radiator things bracket on the driver side, and damned if I can jimmy it out of there, its a tight fit. :rant2:
 

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Never had to pull it so I can't help much, but Haynes & Chiltons make good bird cage liners. Get yourself a FSM by Helm Inc. if you are going to do your own wrench bending. Ebay is your friend.
 

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I could be completely off the mark here, but if I recall the alternator on these FWD cars is most easily accessed via the right front wheel well.
 

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I could be completely off the mark here, but if I recall the alternator on these FWD cars is most easily accessed via the right front wheel well.
Thats what I thought, but the stupid manual said otherwise. Now I find out that apparently, the alt. drops out through the bottom of the engine compartment, but the cooling fans must come out. that is done, but boy was it hard to do. This will be the last time I work on that car!
 

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Thats what I thought, but the stupid manual said otherwise. Now I find out that apparently, the alt. drops out through the bottom of the engine compartment, but the cooling fans must come out. that is done, but boy was it hard to do. This will be the last time I work on that car!
This is the reason I VASTLY prefer RWD to FWD Transverse. Less to do with the drive-wheels than the fact that with my limited mechanical abilities, a RWD car is always more DIY friendly. I'm looking at a 95-97 Continental right now (it was my first car when I was 18 and I've been wanting another) and I had forgotten how tightly packed that damn engine bay is!!! It's even worse than the Deville and Seville!
 

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I had to admit defeat. Towed it a mile down the road to a garage with my tail between my legs...oh the shame, the shame.
 
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