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Old 07-17-2013, 06:25 PM
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Radiator leak - just out of 36k warranty

New to me '12 F350 Lariat w/6.7 PSD. Clock has 36,500 miles.

Just out of the bumper to bumper warranty.


Noticed a coolant leak under the front driver side of the truck. Radiator is leaking where the plastic tank crimps to the radiator. Looking at the interwebs it looks like this is a very common issue and is about $1600 to replace.

Options? Should I cry to Ford about it failing just outside of the bumper to bumper warranty and see if they cover it? Should I buy a Ford ESP warranty before it is too late and turn it in to it?

Ugggghh.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:51 PM
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Well it is very common on 6.4 trucks but I haven't heard anything about the 6.7's leaking.
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Unfortunately it has been a problem since 2008 with the advent of the plastic/metal radiators. The 6.7 apparently has the same issues. Many folks on the forums have encountered the same thing. Mine went out at 51K and Ford fixed it as if I had the extended warranty and had me pay the $100 deductible. I decided after that to buy the out of warranty ESP option for an additional 75K miles or 5 years from date of purchase for the highest level of coverage. Bout $3K for the ESP but I will not worry about these issues again for quite some time. Hope it works out for you.
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I sure would ask them to fix it, all they can say is no. Then go to another dealer
and buy the warranty or buy it on line.
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This is the 1st time I've ever heard of the 6.7's having radiator issues.
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This is the 1st time I've ever heard of the 6.7's having radiator issues.
Stroker, there have been many many references to this on the various Ford 6.7 forum sites. And they are ALL in the same place. the seal between the plastic and the metal on the drivers side at the bottom corner. I inspected mine with a computer magnifying gizmo and the crimped metal tab holding the plastic and metal together where mine was leaking actually had lateral stress cracks running the length of it, which I assume allowed the clamp to flex with the truck movement and eventually began leaking. Small drops at first but over time it lower the radiator level. There was a fix I saw where you could rebend the tab using a pair of vice grips and setting it to clamp securely on a drill bit to get the right squeezing strength. You can search the forum for that. Seems all this is is a rubber gasket between the rubber and the metal being squeezed together by bending the little tabs over. I hear Ford gets compensated by the radiator manufacturer when one goes out in warranty so no urgency on their part to fix.
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If you bought the truck from a dealership, I would try them first and see if they will make good on it.
Unfortunately, the radiator problem is a very common issue. Would be interesting to know if the replacement radiators are the same part # or if Ford is making any type of change?
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Obviously they are not making any type of change since they've been doing it since 2008
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Unfortunately it has been a problem since 2008 with the advent of the plastic/metal radiators.
just to through it out there the 6.0's also have the same style radiators as do many other vehicles without a large history of issues

this may just be a design issue where the mounting puts to much stress on the tank joints ?

however I haven't seen a ton of complaints with the 6.7 ? to new?? IDK

I replaced my plastic tanked radiator at 90,000 just for PM and went to an all aluminum Radiator

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just to through it out there the 6.0's also have the same style radiators as do many other vehicles without a large history of issues

this may just be a design issue where the mounting puts to much stress on the tank joints ?

however I haven't seen a ton of complaints with the 6.7 ? to new?? IDK

I replaced my plastic tanked radiator at 90,000 just for PM and went to an all aluminum Radiator
all of our 2011 models have had radiators... a couple of the 12 models.. our servicing dealer says they change a couple a week. Next time Im in for service, IICR, I will ask them if there is a p/n change...
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