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Happy Fathers Day to Everyone!!! I have 2007 sport trac 4.0 liter V6. I have noticed for the past week or so that I have antifreeze leaking from the bottom of the radiator and I had to add some coolant to it the other day(1/2 gallon). I know it is the radiator leaking and not the overflow so I am going to go head and order me a radiator and change it. I have read that some of the replacement radiators was not lasting but about a year before they leaked. Can anyone tell me the best place to order a radiator or buy one here in Lexington NC that will last a few years. From what I have read on the internet alot of ford owers is having this same problem with the radiator leaking at around 60,000 miles. Also there is no transmisson dip stick to check the fluid, will I lose enough fluid that it hurt the transmission. I have just had the 60,000 mile transmission service done. Thanks Any help will be really appreciated.
I replaced the radiator in my 94 explorer in 2008 at about 130,000 miles. The cost for a new radiator was $167.00 and it has not leaked yet - 60,000 miles later. The radiator was manufactured by Spectra Premium, Ind. The radiator was sourced from a local auto parts company - Bennetauto.com, check them out and maybe you have an equivalent company in the Lexington area or maybe it would be worthwhile to have them ship one.
Thanks explorerjwd, Spectra wrote me back and I have found a parts store here local that carrys the radiator I need. From what I been reading about replacing my radiator it is a whole lot harder than it looks like it would be. Right now I am just adding water in it until the weather cools off a little!! Thanks again, Ronnie
Replacing the radiator can be a significant task, especially if you have an automatic transmission. My mechanic, who does the major repair work on my vehicle replaced mine.
At this point I will share a bit of my life experience. Since I have become an elderly back yard mechanic, I have learned it's best to leave the major, complicated repair tasks to him and I take care of the minor, easier to do tasks. That way if there is a problem with a major complicated repair task it's his problem, not mine. That's what I pay him for. Our relationship has worked quite well in that respect. I also let him source the parts for his tasks so that if he has a problem with the part(s) it's between him and his suppliers. I am very happy to stay out of the loop and have no responsibility in that situation. I have, at times, made him aware of possible sources of supply and prices prior to starting a job.
He did let me know once, and only once, if I supply the parts and one or all are incorrect or defective, the problem is mine and the disabled vehicle is his until I resolve the parts issue. I then and there promised both of us I would stay out of the way if he is responsible for the repair.
explorerjwa, You make good sense, I don't have the patience like I use to and I think I my try and find a good mechanic to do this for me. I have a 1929 ford 2 door coupe and I like to mess with it but these new auto are alot differant. Talk to you later Ronnie
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