Ford F150 Radiator
How to Maintain the Ford F150 Radiator
Anyone who has experienced pulling over to the side of the road due to a smoking engine bay knows how important it is to keep the radiators in good shape. Because it handles high temperatures and pressure on a regular basis, radiators are prone to wear and malfunction, and when they break down the engine will soon follow suit.
Ford F150 radiators are designed for prolonged heavy-duty use, but they still need maintenance from time to time. And if you want the radiators in your F150 to last longer, here are some tips you should consider:
- Always make sure that the coolant is at optimum levels.
Radiators do not function properly at low coolant levels, and will eventually overheat along with the engine. So make it a habit to check the reservoir every time you fill up for gas; if the coolant sits below the fill line, it needs to be topped up immediately. Also, a significant and sustained increase in engine temperature may also indicate low coolant levels in the radiator.
- Keep an eye out for leaks.
However, if you find yourself refilling coolant more often than before, it might indicate a leak in the radiator. You should take note of any puddles of coolant under the hood after parking overnight, as well whitish or rust colored stains, which indicate old leaks that have dried out. If you notice any of these signs in your truck's radiator, have it inspected by a mechanic as soon as possible.
- Perform periodic flushing.
Periodic flushing of the radiator removes any solid deposits that might have built up inside the radiator over the years, making it more efficient in cooling the engine and minimizing wear of its internal components. You're likely to find radiator flush solution in your local hardware and auto parts retailer, although you can also get one online. Make sure to follow the instructions on the container, and dispose of the used coolant and flush mixture properly.
- Use the right type of coolant.
Ford recommends using a 50/50 mixture of concentrated coolant and distilled water for their vehicles. Distilled water will work just as fine if coolant is not available, although it does tend to boil much. And under no circumstances except for emergencies should you use tap water, as it contains traces of rust and mineral deposits that could build up and clog the inside of the radiator.