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post #1 of 12 Old 10-21-2012, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Smelling coolant

So I just started smelling coolant when I get done running my truck, my coolant reservoir was a little low today and everything looks dry. Is there anything I should check? Thanks!

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Unfortunately,I am in the same boat,for about 20,000 miles,ford has pressure tested it 3 different times and it holds,i personally think it's the upper radiator hose, but since the test holds 3 different dealers have done nothing.Please let me know how it turns out,as i have just about gave up,until something blows up and i go postal on the dealers that did nothing.

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Ok that really makes me have no confidence in taking it in to get checked!

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I had the same issue and was in fact the upper radiator hose. The original hose has one oring and Ford put out a fix what for it, two orings in the the hose ends.
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Alright i'll look into getting a new radiator hose maybe

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replace all three if you're going into it. the upper and 2 lowers will leak at any time if they haven't already been replaced with the new design. The lower is a 2 piece hose and the half that connects to the engine is as common as the upper. It's wise to change the whole thing though.

I frequently see these hoses as the cause for coolant loss. As hot as the 6.4 engine bay gets you may never get a visible leak on the ground. The telltale is white staininig around the hose connections, check your EGR cooler hoses too.

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Ok will do thanks for the info I'll have my mechanic check it out

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I'm just taking a guess after looking at the hoses that its gonna be a PITA since there's no room for a pinky anywhere under the hood.

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Found the leak, got on it on the way home today and coolant was dripping when I got home and its coming from the bottom corner drivers side of the radiator, my truck got a new radiator at 36,000 miles the day after I bought it, just what I didn't want it to be!

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Any suggestions on a radiator?

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