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Old 04-15-2018, 07:30 PM
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Has the radiator issue been fixed on the 17/18s?

Hey all - sorry, I've paged through 12 pages when searching through results for "radiator" in this particular forum, but I can't find the answer to my question (so apologizes if I've missed it somehow).

I'm hoping it's an easy (and positive) one: Has the "leaky" radiator (lower driver's side) issue been fixed on these newer trucks? I have a 2015, and it's just developed a small leak. I'm at a point where I'd traditionally trade the truck in anyway, and am looking at an '18 SD, but I may have second thoughts if they're still producing these trucks with the same known issue since 2008 (I think?). Yes, extended warranties cover these things, but I consider it akin to negligence if Ford continues down a path that they know eventually results in $1700 - $2200 radiator fixes somewhere between 50k and 90k miles.

Appreciate any input you may have.
 
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:31 PM
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They are using the same radiators on the new trucks, but the fully boxed frame, extra crossmember up front, and the new body mount bushings should fix the major issue that caused most of the radiator failures on the 08-16 trucks which was frame flex and how they were mounted. Haven't personally seen a thread or instance of a 2017+ with a leaking radiator yet.
 
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:43 PM
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Which motor are we talking about? 6.7 or 6.2?
 
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Which motor are we talking about? 6.7 or 6.2?
If we are talking radiator issues, it would have to be a 6.7
 
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:54 PM
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Correct. 6.7. Appreciate the insight guys. My '15 sees plenty of farm work and twisty/bumpy roads.

Any other thoughts are certainly welcome.
 
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Yup, friend of mine has a 2014 F250 6.7 and just developed a slow radiator leak. $1500-1700 for a new one.

He's going out and buying a new F350 CC DRW .
 
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:36 AM
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:49 AM
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Afraid not.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:19 AM
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Many experiencing coolant smell. And refilling of coolant. Havenít found where itís coming or going from. My truck was due ikr was due in shop for three separate problems. That being one of them. Good luck.
 
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:40 AM
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my uncle had a cracked radiator fixed on his 17 platinum a few weeks ago
 
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I agree with Josh. The previous generation trucks tended to have radiators leak from frame flex. Even guys that replaced the OEM radiator with expensive Mishimoto radiators had the same issue happen to them. Powerstroke help showed an episode where they lifted on front tire with a fork truck to give an extreme example of flex...you can see the tug at the radiator corner. It seems the problem could be solved with rubber bushings that have more travel, but Ford never corrected it on these trucks. Not all of them had the problem...probably depended upon terrain, etc.

SO, as Josh said, the new trucks have a fully boxed frame end to end, with new body mounts. The flex is greatly reduced, which should cause much less tugging on the radiator. Time will tell, but I don't have a concern.
 
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:04 PM
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Shouldn't have any tugging on the radiator.

That's a pretty monstrous design flaw. Wow. Hopefully the 17+'s are good to go. I'd mount the radiator inside an inflexible steel frame, and float that to the chassis or body with rubber.
 
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