I must have a dependable truck to haul horses!!! It cools off the fluid as air passes through the fins while driving, or using a cooling fan to pull the air in at idle. The contact has owned the vehicle for seven months and has replaced the radiator seven times due to an oil leak. It was a warm, but not hot day and I was driving at approximately 70 mph on fairly flat terrain. The vehicle is currently parked and unable to be driven. The failure mileage was 45,675. But if your radiator has failed, a lack of coolant can lead to overheating or even a seized engine.
They are usually located at the front of the vehicle, behind the grille for maximum airflow. Most radiators also have a separate cooling system built in for transmission fluid. One stated that a new engine was needed, but the other disagreed. The turbos failed and the exhaust system cracked in half. I was pulling a 5 horse trailer approximately 18,000 pounds empty within which I had only 3 horses.
That is ridiculous on a diesel engine! I was about to get off of the highway to head out into the middle of nowhere! I waited for a bit and I drove 20 mph to dealership. Thank god I was going to meet some people who have a 5th wheel and could come pick up the horses. The engines had to be replaced. The water temp light came on and the temperature gauge suddenly went to hot. Thank god I was near a small town. The vehicle fails to accelerate. The contact filed a complaint with his consumer protection agency regarding the lemon law.
I began to lose power. . The warm coolant is released by the thermostat at the appropriate temperature and then pumped back into the engine via the water pump. The radiator is a heat exchanger that receives warm coolant and passes it through a series of coils surrounded by fins. I do not consider this vehicle dependable at all.
I made Ford aware of it and they would tell me that they fixed the problem, but it would continue to happen. Check for radiator leaks if you notice coolant leaks or smoking under the hood. The contact took the vehicle to two different dealers. He also called the manufacturer, but they refused to touch the vehicle. I discovered that there was a Ford dealership approximately 2 miles away.
I have spoken with several people who own 2008 Ford f-350 and F-450 trucks who have had engine and cooling system problems around the 30,000 to 40,000 mile mark. In some cases, this repair may be as simple as replacing a hose or tightening a clamp. . . . .
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