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Old 05-04-2018, 09:08 PM
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Factory Fix for weak radiators

I had seen mention that recent factory replacement radiators omitted a bolt. I hadnít seen which bolt it was that has been omitted, so I thought I would identify it for all who wished to remove it in the hope of prolonging the life of their high temp radiator. Another interesting note is that later 2016ís has this bolt omitted from the factory. My truck was built 12/2015 (MY 2016) and it doesnít have the bolt.

The bolt in question fastens the low temp radiator to the high temp radiator, and is located in the upper corner of the drivers side, see the photo below.

 
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Old 05-04-2018, 11:04 PM
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Could you take a zoomed out picture and point with an arrow? Iím assuming the picture you have is of the low temp radiator?
 
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Old 05-05-2018, 06:29 AM
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I just checked mine, November '15 build, and the bolt is missing. However, I noticed remnants of a coolant leak from somewhere. I guess it's going to be a hose, it's past the radiator. The massive coolant hose at the bottom center has dried coolant on the bottom.
 
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Old 05-05-2018, 06:43 AM
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Hereís another picture from another truck that was taken with the grill removed. As I took the first picture I removed the 4 - 10mm bolts along the top of the grill assembly so I could pull it back. There is a piece of thin rubber sheet the was covering the bolt on my truck.


 
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Old 05-05-2018, 04:51 PM
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I am assuming this is it?
 
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Old 05-05-2018, 07:28 PM
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Yup, thatís it!
 
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:39 PM
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Thank you!

I pulled the bolt, but couldnít get the clip out. Hoping itís ok to leave clipped on the main radiator.
 
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:44 PM
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that is not going to prevent the real issue...which is the seams where the plastic meet the alum.

cheap design.
 
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Old 05-05-2018, 10:37 PM
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I'm also doubtful that is a real fix. I have a customer with a 2016 that needs a radiator as it's leaking in the same spot the always do. It started around 65k
 
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Old 05-05-2018, 11:44 PM
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2015, 54,000 miles, ESP and dealership replaced my radiator this week.

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I agree weak design, but I thought the consensus was that the radiators flexing from frame torque was the culprit? Removing this bolt, if it relieves the radiator flexing could help.
 
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No, not the issue, This is a cheap design and is "good enough". Has been an issue since 2008.

BTW, My 2008 6.4 never had a failure in the 86K miles I owned it. Towed heavy cross country in 100+ temps.

My 2013 does the same without issue. It just is what it is.
 
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If it helps, I just replaced a radiator on a customer's 2016 truck last week that had that bolt missing. That particular truck was a later build than my 2016 too. I also needed to source the replacement from an aftermarket vendor too, since it appears radiators from Ford are sitting at a national back order for about 3000 units at present, with no current ETA as to when they will be available.

After completing the repair, I immediately went to look under my 2016 truck. Thank God it's not leaking...... YET.
 
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Perhaps that bolt was deliberately Omitted by the Factory because it Caused the Radiator to Leak.
 
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Old 05-06-2018, 01:58 PM
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My 2013 went 80k+ miles with no leaks. It was 99% on pavement and I wonder if that helps. Are the people with leaks doing more off-road stuff causing more stress on the radiator? I wish Ford would just fix this for real.
 

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