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Old 12-26-2012, 05:27 AM
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Cracked Radiator???

Ok Guys,

Yesterday I was driving my fine ride and it sounded like it was sucking in extra air. My first reaction was to look under the hood thinking it was time to clean my air filter because it was struggling getting enough air, only to find a hairline crack across the top of my radiator with coolant spewing out!!!! My truck only has 103K on it and i do all preventative maintenance?? A couple months ago a changed the coolant filter and everything was up to snuff. I just don't get it! It doesn't seem right the the radiator would go so early. I don't tow a whole lot nor do i mash on the gas too much. any suggestions? Where do I go from here? Just replace it and go about my normal functions?
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:45 AM
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all aluminum replacement

I think bulletproof has them it's the path I may take just as a PM when I do my water pump
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:47 AM
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All-Aluminum Radiator Ford Power Stroke Diesel 6.0 ............................
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:50 AM
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Is it normal for them to go out like that?
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:52 AM
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I guess that is why BPD decided to make a better unit ?

usually I thought the bond between the plastic tank and aluminum failed

but u know plastic and heat so I am sure you just got lucky LOL
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:59 AM
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Is it normal for them to go out like that?
I would say it is somewhat unusual that it would fail at 100K, although I have seen them leaking earlier than that...

Any signs of puking out of the degas bottle? The cooling system could be over-pressurizing causing issues?

OE degas bottle cap?
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:02 AM
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I didn't see any signs of that but a buddy of mine told me the same thing. Its the stock cap and everything. I replaced the bottle about 6 months ago because it was getting cloudy.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:05 AM
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No oil or diesel fuel contamination?

Just seems early for a radiator to me too?...
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:28 AM
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Not that I am aware of. Its pretty weak though that it happened on X-mas eve haha. Merry Christmas spend more F---ing money! I think the BPD is a good replacement though. I mean might as well.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:32 AM
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I wasn't going to mention overpressure and freak you out LOL

since I figured you would have seen puking at 16 psi and the PSI to crack a ABS tank would likely show up in a failure of a weaker part in the cooling system ,,
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