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07 Sport Trac Ltd V8 wrong radiator

Thread in 'Maintenance / Service' started by bfperez, Aug 30, 2020.

  1. bfperez

    bfperez Member 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V8 Engine

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    So it looks I installed the wrong radiator. Mine is a 9/06 build (VIN in the 46000) and I installed the Spectra Premium CU2816 with some Dorman 800-621 fittings.

    So far zero issues after 1 HOT month in Las Vegas, no leaks, no engine or transmission overheating, nothing.

    Can anyone see any long term consequences to just leaving it in there?

    (Lengthy explanation below)
    I wouldn't have even thought about until I breezed past the pic I took months ago of the top of the leaking OE radiator and thought more about the cutoff date. When looking at Rock Auto and others, I focused on the 6 in the part number embossed in the plastic top of the radiator (6L24-8005-A_CC05A) when I should have paid more attention to the little date code also embossed in the top. Then again, the label on top would have been a clue: "7L24-8005-AA" and "092806 04:48 21 60540"
    I had it in my head that this was an early build based on the transmission pan/filter difference -It's 2wd and has the flat pan and also kept crossing the purchase date (March 2007) with the build (I kept thinking it was built 3/06).
    Lesson learned.
     
  2. EddieS'04

    EddieS'04 Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    IMO, if the capacity for your Trac is correct. If you didn't have to make any non reversible mods'. If your motor temps are good. I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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  3. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    The date on the part means NOTHING.... its the build date of the truck that does, Also ford changes things for small or large reasons.

    Do you actually know the differences in the 2 rads?? thickness, Materials?? ALSO did you install a 16lb cap to save it from doing it again?
     
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    bfperez Member 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V8 Engine

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    No and no. I'll swap another cap on when I get a chance.

    I will say that the new radiator looked identical to the old one, same style of end tanks, same fit into the bracket, inlet/outlet matched. Nothing about it seemed off or different during install. It was only when looking at other things that something clicked.
     
  5. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    Then I wold not worry at all.
     
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