1. Getting Started - Prepare for the repair
2. Assess Coolant/Radiator Hose Leak - How to determine if the leaking fluid is coolant
3. Open the Hood - How to pop the hood and prop it open
4. Find Reservoir - Locate the coolant reservoir and clean it
5. Check Level - How to determine the coolant level
6. Fix Minor Coolant/Radiator Hose Leaks - Easy way to tackle minor coolant leaks
7. Replace Cap - Secure the coolant reservoir cap
8. More Info. - Additional information on minor coolant leaks
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The video above shows to fix minor leaks in the coolant hoses in your 1996 Ford Windstar. The hoses carry engine coolant (which is also known as antifreeze or anti-freeze) through your engine and will eventually wear out. You can avoid getting stranded by identifying signs of extreme wear before they break and fixing minor leaks promptly. In 1996 Windstars with the 3.8 liter engine, coolant leaks are most likely to occur where the hoses connect to the engine, but it can also leak from the reservoir or from the hoses. In addition to looking for cracks, analyze the brittleness or squishiness of the hoses in your Windstar - if the hoses are hard to squeeze or squeeze very easily, it's time to replace them. The video above shows you where coolant hoses and coolant reservoir on your 1996 Windstar GL are located and the steps needed to first minor leaks.
Never attempt to replace a hose that is connected to the air conditioner in your Windstar - these hoses contain refrigerant that is under pressure and can blind you. AC problems are always best left to your professional mechanic.
White light when you back up - yup, they burn out and you can replace them with bright LEDs
Did you know that heat is worse for your battery than cold? Replace it every 4 years
Coolant hoses wear out over time and need to be replaced - check 'em early and often
Your coolant should perform well under any condition - just like Aaron Rodgers!