Ford Radiators

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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A lot of dedicated Ford buyers look to the company's reputation for quality parts as a primary reason to "buy American." Maybe it's because Ford has spent so much money on its ad campaign that car shoppers have come to depend on the automaker's line of vehicles. Of course, it's also possible that the company's reputation stems from generations of tried-and-true manufacturing standards and satisfied owners.

Whether you own a brand new Focus, a classic Mustang, or an F-550 Super Duty Pickup. you simply can't afford to neglect your ride's cooling system and therefore must choose your parts with care. Engines in the aforementioned models range from two-liter L4s on certain Wranglers to the 6.8-liter V10s found on select models of Ford vans. The point is, there's a range of Ford radiators on the market that fit these engines--you just need to ensure that you purchase the right one.

Servicing Your Ford Radiators

Even though your Ford radiators are built to withstand considerable heat and pressure, you'll find that you get optimal performance from them by taking a few simple precautions. For one thing, always make sure that your radiator is topped off with coolant, especially in the summer and winter when conditions are most extreme. It's easiest to add this reminder to the standard list of services you have performed at your 3,000-mile oil changes so that you never forget.

Second, be sure to have your radiator's thermostat routinely checked for coolant-flow problems. A thermostat that's broken or even just miscalibrated can interfere with your engine's regular cooling cycle as your vehicle warms up. This is the time when it's easiest to check for pressure issues as well, which your service rep or mechanic can do for no extra charge.

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