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Old 03-09-2010, 03:03 PM
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Bad day - Lost all coolant

Here's the story.

Driving today to take my 10 month daughter to the hospital because she's had a stomach virus and she is terribly dehydrated. About 5 miles before we get to the hospital I noticed that the fan came on which is unusual for our 6.0. I didn't think too much of and my initial thought was that maybe the EGR and oil cooler were on their way out. So I continued to the hostipal and factory coolant guage never went past the half way mark and no lights or buzzers came on.

Left the hospital to go and get some lunch and again the fan came on. I drove for a couple of miles with the fan on and pulled over to get some distilled water to top off the system in case it had leaked some. I looked underneath the Ex before going into the store and found that the lower radiator hose was disconnected and all of the coolant had drained from the system.

I put the distilled water in the truck and drove it back to the hospital. It seems to be running fine at this point although I haven't driven it for any distances.

What's the probability that I did major damage to the engine?

Would the factory tempurature guage have indicated that the engine was reaching a critical tempurature?

What should I look out for as indications that there is damage over the next few days or weeks?

I feel like a real bafoon because I'm the dip that did the coolant change and apparently didn't tighten the lower hose enough .

Truck Info
2004 Excursion - engine build date of Dec 2003.
No Mods or tuners
108,000 miles
Never had any major issues other than EGR.

Thanks in advance for any input.
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:21 PM
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If it's running fine, I wouldn't worry too much.

My grandpa, bless his heart, ran his truck without coolant until it got so hot it shut down.

We just knew that it cracked the block or warped the head, but believe it or not, it's still running just fine with no issues.

Also, I hope your baby is doing okay now.
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:33 PM
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If it's running fine, I wouldn't worry too much.

My grandpa, bless his heart, ran his truck without coolant until it got so hot it shut down.

We just knew that it cracked the block or warped the head, but believe it or not, it's still running just fine with no issues.

Also, I hope your baby is doing okay now.
Appreciate you sharing your experience. Gives me optimism that I didn't toast the motor. I'm guessing only time will tell.
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:51 PM
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I dont think you did any serious damage or you would no by now. And the temp gauge is for water not air so it would not read correct. I hope this helps
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:01 PM
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I highly doubt you have any serious engine damage. The fan was kicking on and off. Meaning it was keeping the engine at a cool temp. With the fan working properly it kept the engine cool.
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You are probably ok. The temp gauges will go up on these trucks if they get hot enough. Even if the lower hose fell off you should still have some coolant in the system that would get super hot if it wasn't getting circulated and that should trigger the gauge to climb.
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