Ford Expedition Break down
Just wanted to let any other members with an expedition tow vehicle know what I found out the hard way. Blew out the radiator on my 2003 Eddie Bauer 5.4 liter expedition with factory tow package on a trip for the 4th. Broke down in a small town and no one in town had a radiator. Ended up having my expedition and TT towed back home via two wreckers and one large bill. Once back to Houston I called the parts stores and no one had a radiator, everyone told me 3-5 days to get one. Now this is a common truck why is a basic part special order? I called 1-800 radiator who has a shop near me and its in stock for less money than the special order bs I heard. Guy at 1800radiator tells me when I pick up the part that he does a lot of work for the local ford dealer and said the thermostat caused the radiator to fail from over pressure. He was right I took out the old tstat and it was all corroded and stuck. Radiator guy said it happens a lot at 150,000 miles on these 5.4 motors. So you should check your tstat and avoid the problems I had and the expense. Also you will need a special tool to remove the trans cooler lines from the radiator. I tried 4 diff sets of quick release tools before buying a "lisle 39960 Ford trans oil cooler line disconnect Tool" For all 2003 and newer you must use this tool.
Dan, Kelly and Maddy.
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