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1987- 1991 Ford F-150 Radiator Core Support and Bushing Mount Replacement:

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This comprehensive procedure provides a clear step-by-step way to remove and replace the radiator support on a 8th Generation Ford F-150 in order to install new rad support bushings and related hardware. The rad support is available from several vendors but I chose www.rockauto.com as they are reputable. The core support was solid, fit like a glove and all holes (except for one lone lower bottom left c-clip hole) were the proper size and location.

I found only one supplier on the internet that can supply everything you need in the way of the correct rubber bushing mounts and with all the correct related mounting hardware including a diagram that shows how it all goes together. Some internet reviews are not favourable for this company but I found their hardware and bushings for this application excellent. This company is called www.LMCTruck.com.

An important step in undertaking this job is to place fasteners for individual components in clear zip-lock freezer baggies and mark on the bag table what the fasteners are for. This way, they donít get lost come reassembly time.

Also it is a good idea to take photos along the way. Trust me, they will help you remember how everything goes back together.

1. Remove plastic Phillips screws and retainers from grill header panel.
2. Remove grill header panel.
3. Snap out and remove grill.
4. Disconnect and remove battery and hold-down bracket.
5. Remove jacking rod.
6. Disconnect fresh air snorkel and remove from air intake hose.
7. Disconnect hood latch cable clips and disconnect hood latch from hood latch support and fold back in engine bay.
8. Remove hood latch support from rad support and pull slightly forward for clearance.
9. Remove rad cap and drain rad at petcock.
10. Remove battery tray and attaching bracket.
11. Remove charcoal canister from battery support bracket and remove battery support bracket.
12. Remove windshield washer reservoir.
13. Remove windshield washer reservoir bracket.
14. Disconnect upper and lower rad hoses at rad and slip off necks.
15. Remove two upper rad shroud screws and pull up to release two lower taps and tilt back.
16. Undo both transmission cooling lines and plug.
17. Undo upper rad mounting bolts and lift rad up and out of truck.
18. Lift out fan shroud from radiator.
19. Remove upper and lower A/C condenser mounting bolts.
20. Pull back A/C condenser with wire ties up and back away from rad core.
21. Remove two screws for wiring harness ground from left and right side of top channel of rad support.
22. Pry out and free the three plastic anchors for wiring harness from left, middle and right top channel of rad support.
23. Remove headlamp assembly fasteners left and right to free headlamp/parking lamp assemblies.
24. Unplug headlamp and parking lamps with twist of connector collar and pull out socket and bulb from each.
25. Remove horn assembly by unscrewing single large sheet metal screw.
26. Remove rad support to fender front screws left and right sides.
27. Remove rad support to fender top screws left and right sides.
28. Remove fasteners that hold front wheel splash shields to lower radiator support - left and right sides.
29. Remove tie wrap for in car heater cord.
30. Unscrew hood adjustment bumpers on left and right ends.
31. Remove fender to rad support screws on left and right ends and remove support brackets.
32. Detach ground strap from radiator support (on right side).
33. Remove old rad mount hardware and discard. Best method is to lower bumper for access and use a reciprocating saw.
34. Lift out rad support and transfer any remaining attached hardware to new rad support.
35. Install new rad mount bushings and related hardware.
36. Re-install rad support in reverse order.
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