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Old 04-25-2011, 11:03 PM
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So i went to a music festival last weekend, didnt use my truck for four days. I come back and just drive down the street and back when i notice i have a leak on the front passenger side.

I get under to check it out and it appears that its coming from the radiator, maybe from the back/behind it, definitely on the right side.

It didn't seem to bad at first but it seem to speed up as i still drove the vehicle. i now have no fluid antifreeze in the reservoir.
Im going to walk to a Napa around the corner tomorrow morning and pick up antifreeze and some stop seal.

Any advice or similar experiences?
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:44 AM
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Default Re: radiator leak

First off you need to see if it's a big hole or small hole. Second you need to find out if its in the middle actually on the Radiator itself or if it's on the side of the Radiator. If it's inside the radiator, theres a liquid called bars leak. You can use that if the hole is not a big hole. Also you need to know if it's an aluminum radiator. Cause they have a liquid specifically for aluminum radiators. If it's a big ass hole then get yourself a new Radiator. Good luck.
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:12 AM
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So i went to a music festival last weekend, didnt use my truck for four days. I come back and just drive down the street and back when i notice i have a leak on the front passenger side.

I get under to check it out and it appears that its coming from the radiator, maybe from the back/behind it, definitely on the right side.

It didn't seem to bad at first but it seem to speed up as i still drove the vehicle. i now have no fluid antifreeze in the reservoir.
Im going to walk to a Napa around the corner tomorrow morning and pick up antifreeze and some stop seal.

Any advice or similar experiences?
I would just buy a new radiator if it is at all possible.....you should be able to get one for less than $150 and if you have a 5 speed it is a breeze to change even easy with an auto.....just have to undo the tranny lines...........those additives can mess up you heater core. Ford would charge $1,000 to change the heater core
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:16 AM
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If your radiator is leaking, you need to replace it, not pour some goo into it. They not expensive and it's a simple job. There is no way around that. Do not pour stop-leak crap into it. That will just wreck your shit sooner or later.
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:36 AM
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If your radiator is leaking, you need to replace it, not pour some goo into it. They not expensive and it's a simple job. There is no way around that. Do not pour stop-leak crap into it. That will just wreck your shit sooner or later.
LOL!

ok well than ill just replace my radiator.

Just to make sure? other than maybe a hose or connection somewhere, could anything else have made all my antifreeze leak out? or are all of these signs indicative that my radiator is jacked? =p
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:47 AM
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LOL!

ok well than ill just replace my radiator.

Just to make sure? other than maybe a hose or connection somewhere, could anything else have made all my antifreeze leak out? or are all of these signs indicative that my radiator is jacked? =p
Yes there are many places beside the radiator where it could link. YOU need to find it. From memory I thought you had said it was the RAD.
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:53 AM
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Also, a possible cause (notice I said possible) is a defective radiator cap. The cap is a pressure regulator. If it is jammed shut, then it will not be able to bleed of excess pressure to the reserve tank. Resulting over pressurization can cause ruptures of the weaker joints in the radiator.

So if you replace the radiator, replace the cap too. They're like $5.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:57 PM
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done.

replaced radiator. all is good.

how does one drain the cooling system? ;]
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:47 AM
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done.

replaced radiator. all is good.

how does one drain the cooling system? ;]
That's awesome. What brand radiator did you get? How much was it? Where did you buy it? Do you have a Auto or Manual tranny?
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:40 AM
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uhhh i think it was a spectere?

not sure which im bummed now that you ask and i cant remember.

was 170 at autozone. i have an auto, =p

I didnt tighten the bottom line for the tranny fluid and lost ALOT driving.
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:04 AM
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uhhh i think it was a spectere?

not sure which im bummed now that you ask and i cant remember.

was 170 at autozone. i have an auto, =p

I didnt tighten the bottom line for the tranny fluid and lost ALOT driving.
when you swapped the rad you basically drained most of the coolant. To fluhs it it is best to remove the tstat and run water threw the engine a few times. NAPA sells a product by MAC that works great for flushing. I think it is $3........I then use the full strength prestone yellow and I buy a gal or 2 of Distilled water at the supermarket for $1 each. I also would replace the tstat with a new motorcraft brand
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