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How to Bleed Cooling System 98-12 Ford Crown Victoria

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  1. step : Draining the Coolant (0:51)
    • Twist off the coolant bottle cap
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Twist off the radiator drain plug
    • Allow the coolant to drain
    • Twist on the radiator drain plug
  2. step : Filling the Coolant (1:58)
    • Add coolant to the coolant bottle using a funnel
    • Twist on the coolant bottle cap
    • Run the engine briefly
    • Add coolant as necessary

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In this video, we're going to be working with a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6-liter V8. We're going to show you how to drain and fill your vehicle's cooling system, as well as how to properly bleed all the air bubbles out of it to make sure that your heat and cooling system work properly.

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Here are the items you'll need for this repair: jack and jack stands, drain bucket, 19mm wrench, coolant, funnel

Your radiator cap is located at the front of the engine bay on the passenger side right in line with the passenger side engine bank. Simply unscrew that and place it somewhere dry and safe.

Raise and support your vehicle. We're using a lift to make it easier to show you what's going on, but this can easily be done at home with a jack and jack stands. Under your vehicle on the front driver side, we have a coolant drain here. Now, I happen to have a piece of hose lying around that fits over it. If you do too, I recommend using it to put into your drain bucket to make this process a lot cleaner and easier.

We'll then use a 19mm socket and ratchet to open up our drain. Once your coolant's finished draining, go ahead and tighten down that drain plug. You should just be able to snug this by hand because that's just plastic. We don't want to break it using a wrench. Once we refill our cooling system, we'll clean this off and double check for leaks.

Refill your vehicle's coolant. With the radiator cap off and your cooling system filled, start the vehicle. Set it to vent heat on the lowest fan setting just so you can feel it and keep an eye on your engine's coolant level.

Now, once our cooling system opens up, meaning that our thermostat has opened and allowed the flow of coolant through our engine block and heater core, which is why we have the heat on to allow coolant through the heater core, this level will drop. We'll need to keep it topped off and wait for it to finish bubbling and settling, so we know all the air is out of our system before driving our vehicle. Once your vehicle has finished bleeding, be sure to top your coolant level back up. Remove your funnel and reinstall the cap.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Drain Pan
  • Floor Jack
  • Funnel

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Anti-Freeze

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 19mm Wrench


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