1997 Ford F-150 Repair Question
Overheating problem when towing camper
YOUR RADIATOR MAY HAVE DEPOSITS (RATHER CRAP) BUILD UP IN THE PASSAGES.......A TAKE APART AND ROD IT OR VAT IT (OR A COMBINATION)...THIS MAY GET THE REST, FLUSHES SOMETIMES JUST WON'T CUT THRU IT
NEW RADIATOR....MAYBE WITH MORE ROWS?....OR JUST A VIRGIN RADIATOR?
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I'll look into a new radiator. The one in the truck is the original so that may very well be the case. I forgot to mention that the truck temp is fine when not towing. Does that make any difference? Thanks!
AN ADD-ON TRANNY COOLER MAY HELP THE TRANNY LIFE AS WELL AS "AID" THE ENGINE
MORE ROWS IN A RADIATOR (MAKE SURE YOU ACTUALLY ARE GETTING MORE), A GOOD CORRECT THERMOSTAT, AND A GOOD CLUTCH FAN WILL HELP OUT!
YOU ARE ASKING A LOT FROM THE 6, YOU'RE PULLIN' MORE THAN THE TRUCK'S WEIGHT......OWNERS MANUAL SAY ANYTHING ABOUT LIMITATIONS?
WALKING UP A HILL MAY BE NORMAL FOR YOU---PULLING THE SAME HILL WITH A "RADIO FLYER" FULL OF MUNCHKINS, WILL PROBABLY MAKE YOU SWEAT!
I'D REALLY BE CONCERNED WITH BRAKING AND STEERING TOO, DOES THE TRAILER HAVE IT'S OWN BRAKES?
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A new radiator might not be the answer. Vehicles mostly do not overheat under normal use but when towing, or high engine rpms at lower speed can result in heat accumulation as the cooling system is not able to cope. A higher cooling efficiency is required and if possible, you should be lookiing for a heavier duty radiator with a higher cooling efficiency.
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To: KHLow2008....You are right a new radiator might not be the answer none the less a heavier duty radiator with a higher cooling efficiency would mean replacing the radiator...Hence a new radiator. I am also going to install a cooling radiator for the transmission.
To CJ Medevac: Yes perhaps I am asking a lot from the 15 year old 4.2L V6 and yes the trailer does weigh more than the truck however I have done some checking of the specs online. Apparently the 4.2L V6 with the 3.08 rear end was suposed to be Ford's answer to Chevy ad Dodge for towng. This truck was made to tow. According to the specs the 4.2L with the 3.08 gear ratio has a max tow weight of 5,600lbs. So I am probably going to install a high cooling efficiency radiator. a transmission cooling radiator and a new thermostat. What do you think?
That would be the ideal combination. Cheers.
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Hey Guys...Just wanted to let you know that I replaced the radiator and thermostat and problem solved. YAY!! Now if I could just get it to quit drinkinking too much gas when I tow but alas I guess that just comes with the territory.
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