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Old 03-02-2011, 12:03 PM
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Hi everyone, My problem started with a gurgling sound coming from the passenger side dash so I checked the coolant level and there was not any in the overflow. I have never seen a leak on this truck in the year I have had it so I'm not sure how it was low on coolant. I added about a gallon of 50/50 mix to the radiator and drove it a couple more days and started noticing a leak coming from the driver side front engine compartment. I could not trace where the leak was coming from due to the blow back but determined it was only leaking while hot and not sitting overnight. It finally overheated and was blowing steam out of the transmission cooler which I thought was odd but it's located on the same side as the leak. I checked the petcock as well and it was tight. I'm afraid I may have a cracked radiator but not sure due to it only leaking when hot. Any help would be great! Thanks!
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You need to pressure test the system to pinpoint the leak.
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Thanks! That was my next step, it's probably the original radiator and with 125,000 on it I'm sure it's due. Any idea if a novice do-it-yourself hack can handle a radiator replacement like that?
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Radiators aren't typically hard to do if you have a decent assortment of hand tools.
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Thanks again RamTech, it's sounds like a nice weekend project. I've heard that as long as you can get the petcock loose to drain the radiator it makes for a less messy job.
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The pressure test came back with a seam leak of course so a new radiator is imminent. Anyone know where to get a good inexpensive one?
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I've found that cheap radiators are just that - cheap. The only aftermarket brand I trust is Modine.
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Thanks I will check those out!
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