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Old 10-13-2014, 06:54 AM   #1
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Super Duty Radiators are junk

Hey all- I ran a search to see if this topic had come up before and didn't see anything so....*disclaimer* I don't want to start a brand war here!
I thought I'd share some info with those of us who tow with a 2008-present F250/F350 with the 6.7 diesel pkg. My truck just turned 37,000 miles (yup, 1k over warranty) and I found a puddle of antifreeze under the drivers side front behind plastic air dam. After exhausting my efforts to locate leak I took it to a Ford garage near where I work. That afternoon I got the call saying I needed a $1500 radiator job. Great! They gave me a phone number to Ford to see if they could do anything and in the mean time did some internet research only to find out I'm not the only one having this issue. After a couple days I finally heard from Ford, but the best they could do was 50% coverage (no thanks). I told them if I had to pay $750-800, i'd put that money into an aftermarket aluminum radiator ($950) and pay the labor out of pocket. Sometimes piece-of-mind on the road cost a little extra. So,if anyone is curious, I ordered a Mishomoto for it for $950 with free shipping. Google the issue and good luck.
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Old 10-13-2014, 01:09 PM   #2
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FYI 6.7 started in 2011, before that (2008-2010) was the 6.4 and it had its share of radiator problems.
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Old 10-13-2014, 01:56 PM   #3
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in the case of the 6.7 having two seperate cooling systems, can I ask which one you had to change?

I do think they have made some bad choices in radiators (amongst other things) in the last 2 generations of trucks. For that price I think you have made a superb choice going aftermarket! OEM is by far not ALWAYS the best option

Thanks for the heads up!!
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Old 10-13-2014, 01:59 PM   #4
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Lots of rad problems with the 6.4 prior to 2011, I have not heard of any with the 2011+ 6.7 trucks. Bad luck I guess.


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Helmsey- you are 100% correct. I knew that, however in my rant I neglected to mention it, thanks for bringing that to our attention.


The rad in question is the primary (at least that's what Ford told me) and it seems to fit what all the buzz is about on the 'other' forums.
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:55 AM   #6
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Just Google 6.7 radiator problems. Plenty of them out there.
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:21 PM   #7
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I have a 2011 6.7 with 65k on it and the radiator has been good so far knock on wood. I keep and eye on it as well as the servicing dealer. I have seen some posts that they have gone bad> was there any warning and where did it leak???
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:51 PM   #8
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I was looking at a used 6.7 and asked the dealer about the rediator issue and he said he had never heard of it. I walked around to the front of the truck and under the radiator was a puddle of coolant. I said, "you have now".
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Somebody mis-calculated, the rest of the truck lasted longer than the radiator.
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I have never been a fan of radiators use the polymer/plastic end tanks. big diesel or small car, they always fail at some point. I have blown off plastic end tanks on the race car, poped a seem on the commuter car and even seen the problem from others with newe Ford, GM and RAM diesels.

I am on borrowed time on the 6.0 before its end tanks decide to go. At that pooint ill drop the 300 or so for a all aluminum or copper/brass radiator to replace it like I have on my other vehicles. Down side is the newer engines usually take 5-10 years before aftermarket options become reasonbly priced.
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