Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
The Ford F-150 radiator needs new coolant. Is it okay to add a new coolant even if it has a different color?
Answer: No. Not every coolant is the same; some substances may be formulated differently from others. Inspect the radiator to find out the original coolant color and make sure that the new coolant also has the same. If one has trouble distinguishing which color it has, it is advisable to flush the system out and fill it with the preferred type of coolant. Remember: if the coolant is color green, it has to be changed every 30,000 miles; if it is orange, it needs to be replaced every 150,000 miles; and if it is yellow, it must be changed every 50,000 miles or every three years, whichever comes first.
What are the common issues with the Ford F-150 radiator?
Answer: Though most radiators installed in Ford automobiles do not easily break down, other Ford F-150s from certain years have radiator issues. Some 2001 Ford F-150 vehicles that are supposed to get the radiators for the heavy-duty per towing do not have the right component; this issue stems from the wrong installation done in the Ford factory. A lot of the 2000 F-150s were also recalled because the radiator installed in autos with the trailer towed package was malfunctioning.
What should be done to ensure that the Ford F-150 radiator is working properly?
Answer: Change the radiator fluid and water mixture regularly; F-150's service manual advises that it should be done every 100,000 miles or 5 years. Performing a radiator pressure test once in a while is also advisable. This test helps ensure that the radiator is free of leaks and is capable of withstanding pressure inside the engine. By doing this, overheating, corrosion, clogging, and leaks within the radiator can be avoided.