1998 F-150 Chronic Radiator Replacement Issue
I have a 1998 F-150, small V-8, 2WD. Roughly 60,000 miles ago and almost 2 years ago, the radiator went out.
Had a new aftermarket radiator installed at my Ford Dealer. Today they are installing radiator #9 (yes NINE). All have been under warranty, but they only last an average of 2.5 months. All leak in same spot, on passenger side about halfway up at one of the seams (plastic radiator).
At first, they tried replacing radiator cap, in case it was over pressurizing. Did not work. Last time they flushed and soaked the cooling system with baking soda overnight. That radiator lasted 6 weeks.
First 6 were aftermarket but installed by Ford Dealer. Last 3 are genuine Ford radiators. Does not seem to matter.
They have spoken to Ford Engineering, the only help they offered was radiator cap, which has been tried.
HELP! I like my Ford dealer but am seeing them way too often. Any help is appreciated.
If this keeps up, the truck is going to die with a brand new radiator. Up to 150,000 miles now, radiator issue started at approx. 85,000.