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Replaced radiator, thermostat, water pump. engine is

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Replaced radiator, thermostat, water pump. engine is overheating. It passed an air sampling test that says head gasket not blown.
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Customer: Overheats sporadically.
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Customer: Oil level is full so it's not oil problem. It can run for 100 miles no problem. Typically overheats on short runs after engine is cool.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  tims auto repair replied 1 year ago.

Hi, My name is ***** ***** for the delay.

I will do my best to assist you.

what is the year,make and model

how/when did this problem first begin?

tell me all you can

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
2003 F250 5.4 L Triton.
Started when I noticed small crack on top of radiator. Mechanic (AAA) replaced radiator, thermostat, and water pump. They tested air in coolant for combustion products - none.
Heater hoses get hot when heater is running but heater air has been an indicator when it may overheat - hot air turns to cold (winter here).
Initially seemed like a stuck thermostat which was replaced. Air seems to be constantly in the system. Typically happens more after sitting overnight but may or may not happen on short drives. Just drove it 200 miles without a problem but major air in system the next morning.
Oil level is good and not chocolate milk.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
all started about 1 - 2 weeks ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thermostat was replaced last thursday, radiator and pump on friday.
There appears to be a smaller than pin hole and a drop or two of coolant coming from the side of the thermostat housing. That seems so small. pressure is in system always. Housing will be replaced today if part comes in Ford dealer.
Expert:  tims auto repair replied 1 year ago.

ok,,sense work has been done on the coolijng system,you may now have air in the system,,lets bleed it this way

1-remove the radiator/reservoir cap when the engine is cold

2-start the engine and let idle

3-turn the heater on max

4-keep coolant on hand and add it as needed

5-spme coolant may gush out with the air

6-keep doing this until the engine is at operating tempeture and the heater is hot

7-after the coolant settles down and the engine is warm,,install the cap

This may take as long as 20-30 minutes


if this dont fix you im going to think you may have blown head gaskets


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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  tims auto repair replied 1 year ago.