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'02 F-250 radiator leak

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by dieselboy01, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. dieselboy01

    dieselboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 784

    My '02 F-250 has a small leak at the bottom where the tranny line threads in. Does anyone know if I can remove the tranny line and replace the metal plug the tranny line threads into?

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  2. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    coolant or trans fluid?
     
  3. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,648

    No, not without taking radiator apart. You would need to remove the bottom plastic cover to remove/install the new fitting for the tranny line.
     
  4. dieselboy01

    dieselboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 784

    It's leaking coolant.

    So that plug doesn't just screw into the radiator? Do I need to pull the radiator to fix this, or does the radiator need to go to a radiator shop to get fixed?

    Or would it be more cost effective to just replace the radiator?
     
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Run some coolant leak stop first. You'll be opening up a can of worms on this.
     
  6. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    probably be cheaper to just replace the radiator.
    a new one is only around $100 from rock auto
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2015
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    New radiator. Usually shops don't/can't fix plastic tank radiators. Usually.
     
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,857

    New radiator.
     
  9. jmac5058

    jmac5058 Senior Member
    Messages: 428

    It would be worth a try to remove the fitting wile still in the truck then if it breaks everything to pieces remove and replace .
     
  10. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,648

    How are you going to remove it? It is mounted from the inside out. They do not screw into the plastic.
     
  11. dieselboy01

    dieselboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 784

    Thank you for all the help and advice! I'll go the replacement route when I get some extra time and money.
     
  12. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    I can't tell you how many of our E450s leak from those ports. If I were to guess, they aren't leaking when its warmed up and running (ours dont). I use less than a pint of coolant on the units that leak per oil change (5000 miles). You may try some sealer, but the actual amout your loosing is not going to cost as much as a few bottles of sealant