Radiator Problems of Ford F-250 - part 1

Ford F-250 owners have reported 35 problems related to radiator (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2015 Ford F-250 1
Failure Date: 02/25/2019

Defective primary radiator. This is a known problem by Ford motor company for years, and millions of vehicles. There have been thousands of complaints, and even law suits over these defective radiators.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2015 Ford F-250 2
Failure Date: 02/20/2018

Radiator leak on the drivers side was observed after use. Mechanic stated that it was leaking where the metal core attaches to the plastic jug. Purchased Ford oem radiator, replaced it and it also leaked. According to Ford dealership this is an ongoing issues with this truck. Nothing is being done to correct the problem.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2015 Ford F-250 3
Failure Date: 02/12/2018

Vehicle is 34 months old with 47,000 miles. Radiator has to be replaced due to leak in the left front area of the radiator. I know I'm over the regular 3year/36,000 mile warranty, but the drive train warranty is still valid. Ford will not cover it. Radiator should not have to be replaced at this age of the vehicle. Isn't radiator part of engine/drive train? I understand this is an on going problem with these trucks. Ford should at least pay for parts. Thank you!.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2012 Ford F-250 4
Failure Date: 09/01/2016

Radiator leak from drivers side lower portion. Same as previous model year issues. Ford currently warranties earlier production, but will not extend to 2011 and up. Truck has only 56000 miles on it. Leak occurs after vehicle has reached operating temperature and is parked and/or turned off. Inspection conducted by Ford discovered tank crimping has failed and truck needs a new radiator. I am not the only one with this issue, but still nothing is being done to correct it.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2012 Ford F-250 5
Failure Date: 07/13/2016

On the first day of an extended trip with our truck and RV, we arrived at camp to discover a major coolant leak. The truck did not give us any warning messages that anything was wrong. We had the truck towed to the closest Ford dealer. Thank goodness this problem happened in camp, rather than on an isolated road where we could have been 100+ miles away from any sort of service. It turned out that both the water pump and radiator had failed, with under 29,000 miles on the truck. The water pump was covered under warranty, but the radiator was not. The Ford service manager advised us that they had already replaced several radiators this year, with leaks in the same place (driver's side lower corner). We also did some checking on the internet and learned that this failure seems fairly common. The radiator should not have failed in such a short amount of time, with limited miles on our truck.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2010 Ford F-250 6
Failure Date: 06/08/2016

Hose to radiator leaking, took to Ford dealer, they said new hoses and needed a new radiator. Said it was still under Ford extended warranty. Ford warranty denied the new radiator and hoses saying that the hose leak cracked the radiator and that was the owners fault. Truck has just under 44k miles and is garaged and well taken care of. What good is an extended warranty, first. And second, why should a radiator go bad in short time. Quote for job was over $2000. 00.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2013 Ford F-250 7
Failure Date: 05/02/2016

At approximately 44,000 miles the radiator developed a leak. Warranty on this item I was told expired at 36,000 and it will not be covered.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2011 Ford F-250 8
Failure Date: 04/22/2016

The truck that I own has no accidents, no damages, 75k miles on it and the radiator is prematurely failing. This coolant leak on the lower driver's side is a reoccurring issue with this model vehicle and would cause the engine to overheat. Ford is aware of the issue and has refused to recall the part.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2013 Ford F-250 9
Failure Date: 04/11/2016

At less than 50k miles, the radiator developed a leak. Coolant will leak anywhere the truck is parked, causing an environmental concern. Ford is aware of the numerous complaints about this issue, but refuses to acknowledge the problem and enact a permanent solution. This will cost me over $1700 to repair, on a truck that is only 3 years old.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2013 Ford F-250 10
Failure Date: 03/23/2016

Radiator leaking. Excessive exhaust cleaning (every 200 miles exactly). Turbo gauge pegs complaints 2 and 3 are repeated complaints and have not been figured out by Ford.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2010 Ford F-250 11
Failure Date: 02/28/2016

Radiator leak and exhaust manifold bolts. I just bought a used Ford f250 diesel fx4 lariat. Nice truck but nothing but problems so far. It had 128k on it. Just noticed today that every time I fill the resivoir it leaks out. Looks like the radiator leaking where the plastic and aluminum meet. Over a thousand installed. Then the whine that was supposed to be a belt ended up being broke off exhaust bolts on manifold. 16 hrs at $1300 plus parts maybe another $130. Not happy with this Ford at all. Sad that's what my last four vehicles were.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Ford F-250 12
Failure Date: 11/15/2015

I replaced the radiator 3 times and change the thermostat to ,the radiator keeps popping, it's getting old,I also changed the heater core and it popped . Man what is going on. It happens when I'm stationery sitting over night at home.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2012 Ford F-250 13
Failure Date: 09/25/2015

The radiator has a leak at 59,200 miles. This should be a recall!.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Ford F-250 14
Failure Date: 05/29/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-250. While driving approximately 60 mph, the steering wheel shook violently and wobbled out of control. The contact had to depress the brake pedal harshly in order for the failure to seize. The contact stated that the wobbling of the front end caused the radiator to eventually burst. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the tires and performed an all wheel alignment; however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer informed the contact that the VIN was not included in any recalls. The approximate failure mileage was 123,000.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Ford F-250 15
Failure Date: 02/21/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the low engine power warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the radiator seal fractured and the hoses were leaking. The radiator was replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2013 Ford F-250 16
Failure Date: 02/19/2015

Radiator failure, high pressure coolant leak which is not discernible by common indicators. Radiator cracked and all coolant was lost while vehicle was being operated, when cooling system not under load there was no significant visible leak. This poses a risk of catastrophic engine failure, posing a significant danger to the public in that said vehicle could loose power while being operated under severe conditions. This make and model of vehicle is commonly used for commerce and public safety. Design of radiator is defective and prone to failure.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2011 Ford F-250 17
Failure Date: 02/03/2015

The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-250. The contact stated that after coming to a stop, there was an abnormal odor coming from the radiator. The contact noticed coolant leaking from the radiator. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000.

car image   Radiator problem of the 1989 Ford F-250 18
Failure Date: 01/21/2015

Driving along no indication of any problem and engine stopped. Tried starting several times and noticed ignition switch seemed very stiff and would not fire off starter, lights worked, door bell worked, no ignition. Inspected engine compartment and did not notice anything unusual, battery cables were tight, checked radiator and found it working just fine. After a while tried ignition again and started, drove a couple more miles to home safely. Next am could not get the ignition to work at all, ignition switch felt like it was broken when key turned to the maximum position. . . Reconfirmed battery tested good but bought a new battery any way, installed and still no response from ignition.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2012 Ford F-250 19
Failure Date: 09/17/2014

Mt truck is one of many that have a primary radiator that leaks from the drivers side.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2011 Ford F-250 20
Failure Date: 02/03/2014

Vehicle primary cooling system (radiator) began leaking where the aluminum coils are attached to the plastic tank. I took vehicle to Ford dealer for inspection and they verified. Leak was slow for first couple of weeks, then progressed. Replacement was inserted before radiator leak could cause further damage to vehicle or persons. This is a very common occurrence with this year/model and owners feel this should be addressed with a recall from Ford motor company due to inadequate testing or product specifications. The public rate of occurrence is very high. Of course fomoco will not publish data until forced. Reports of radiators failing < 50,000 miles is not uncommon.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Ford F-250 21
Failure Date: 03/13/2012

On March 13, 2012, I filed a complaint with Ford motor company customer service regarding a repair they made to my truck. The case number is [xxx]. I had to replace two radiator hoses costing me $500. They were not defective due to abuse or maint. They had a design flaw per the service tech. I brought the truck in for one of them was leaking. They replaced both for they said that the other one was going to leak eventually. They were replaced with a newly designed hose to prevent the leaking. The tech stated that they have had to replace many on this model and year truck. I realize the truck was past the 3 year/36000 mile warranty; however it should have been covered under the power train warranty or Ford should have covered the cost. It was a manufacture design flaw and could have blown out on the road causing a break down and highway safety hazard. All I'm asking for is that Ford acknowledge the problem and a recall be mandated for the vehicle. The dealership said that was the only way I could be reimbursed. Should you require any additional information please let me know. I'm sure other owners have had this same issue. Also, I have in my possession the two defective and design flawed radiator hoses. I made the dealership give them to me. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car image   Radiator problem of the 2009 Ford F-250 22
Failure Date: 11/01/2011

Leaking radiator hoses causing loss of coolant from engine. Leak is a hazard to environment and wildlife that may come in contace with ethylene glycol. Dealer indicates a design issue exists with radiator hose o-rings and Ford has redesigned the hoses to use double o-rings vs. The current single o-ring.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Ford F-250 23
Failure Date: 09/14/2011

I am filing a complaint here as Ford customer care referenced you in one of their responses to me. My pickup with 24,000 miles on it blew out the tank on the radiator. This could reflect as a safety issue from being stranded. From talking to the service people at lewis and clark Ford in yankton sd where I had to be towed to it sounds like this is a common occurrence. I also have done a little research on line and in a short time found approximately 40 case so I am sure there are many more. Any help you could give me with this issue would be appreciated.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Ford F-250 24
Failure Date: 01/06/2011

Noticed a coolant leak coming off the driver side frame rail under the hood. Took it in to the Ford dealership and they had to replace the radiator. $1,400 later they said if I had a hyper extended thermostat it would be free as that is what Ford believes is causing the problem. Well obviously its not what is causing the problem since there are hundreds of people with the same problem.

car image   Radiator problem of the 1999 Ford F-250 25
Failure Date: 11/16/2010

The contact owns a 1999 Ford F-250. The contact stated while driving 35 mph the vehicle started overheating. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who stated the radiator needed to be replaced. The dealer replaced the radiator and immediately after the vehicle was repaired the vehicle started to overheat again. The contact took the vehicle to a different dealer who informed the contact that the head gasket was cracked. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the cracked head gasket and they stated there was no recall; therefore, there were unable to offer any assistance. The contact stated this was a common failure with his year, make, and model. The failure mileage was 167,000.

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