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Radiator swap - Automatic and manual transmission models


Explorer Addict
October 22, 2006
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City, State
Huntington Beach, CA
Year, Model & Trim Level
98 XLT, OHV, 4D, 4x4, 5M
My manual transmission Explorer came with a different radiator than the automatic ones. Will it bolt in? Will I need a new fan shroud?

I had actually replaced my radiator about six years ago from Advance Auto, but I can see hairline cracks forming again. The automatic radiator is easier to find than the manual one.

You will find that most all replacement radiators have the connections for the auto trans lines. The larger percentage of vehicles come with auto transmissions, so I guess it's just cheaper for the rad manufactures just make the automatic version. Just ignore the auto trans ports if you have a manual trans. No need to plug them, and yes it will fit.