Besides the solenoid valve (Part # BM5Z-18495-C) and standard tools (screwdriver, wrench, etc.), you'll need.I have the same issue with the soleniod. I plan on changing it out myself. Any tips and or photos would be appreciated
1. Coolant. I bought "Ford Fluid VC-3DIL-B Orange Pre-Diluted Antifreeze/Coolant - 1 Gallon" from Amazon but they don't sell it anymore. You can buy the concentrated one but the pre-diluted one is more convenient for me. I'm sure there are other places that sells it. 1 gallon is more than enough.
2. Small "Straight Jaw Tongue and Groove Pliers" I bought it from local Home Depot.
3. A container to catch the coolant under the car. Once you remove the hose, the coolant will come out.
Now, to replace the valve.
1. Let the engine cool down, if you drive it previously.
2. Put the container under the car to catch the coolant.
3. Pull the engine cover out. I've circled the valve with red circle in the picture.
4. Remove the harness and surrounding parts to get access.
5. The hardest part for me is removing the clip that hold the hose (blue circle in the picture). Use the small straight jaw pliers I mentioned above. The space is really tight. And for me, the clip and hose won't come out easily. Be patient.
6. Remove the 4 screws to remove the valve.
7. Put the new part in and put everything back.
8. Follow the coolant refill procedure. Centex has an excellent detailed post here.
9. Properly dispose the coolant according to your local rules/regulations.
I don't remember if I need to clear the DTC code or not. I think the check engine light will clear itself once the valve is working properly. If not, use your favorite OBD tool to clear the code. Good luck.
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