1997 FORD F150

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  • 1997 Ford F-150

Engine Cooling problem
1997 Ford F150 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 122000 miles

The hot engine gauge on my truck rises to the red. Hot mark when I drive 45 mph and more. I have checked the reservoir and have to put water in it each day. I am not truck mechanical at all. Any suggestions?


Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 AT 2:27 PM

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See my profile. I can give some suggestions: Make sure your belt is on your water pump (not missing)

Your fan or fan clutch is bad

Your thermostat may be bad

Your lower radiator may be " squishy" (old) and the water pump is sucking it flat, restricting radiator " cooler" water into engine.

Radiator has internal buildup. Radiator shop clean/ replace

Can't leave this one out!---Whatever you have in front of the grill---is blocking airflow.

100,000,000 insects are imbedded in the radiator fins!

Go to Advance Auto or Autozone for FREE ASSISTACE. May can direct you to a " REASONABLE and REPUTABLE" radiator/ mechanic SHOP!

Keep me informed!

Love, Turddog

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