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 Post subject: Re: Water Loss: 4.0 Six 1998 Falcon/Ranchero (X series engine?)
Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:22 am 
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Don't fill it up to 'Max' when cold, this is overfull and it will expel the extra water. It should sit about 'Min' when cold.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Water Loss: 4.0 Six 1998 Falcon/Ranchero (X series engine?)
Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:24 am 
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My EL was leaking a small amount of water and at first I couldn't work out where from. Then I took the heat shield off the exhaust manifold and noticed a small leak from the head gasket.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Water Loss: 4.0 Six 1998 Falcon/Ranchero (X series engine?)
Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:59 pm 
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dazza027 wrote:
Dont forget to check the heater core in under the dash... Got wet carpets?


Nope, bone dry, this one never came with carpets it actually has a rubber built in floor cover. Guess it was meant for the um...Outback. :)
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 Post subject: Re: Water Loss: 4.0 Six 1998 Falcon/Ranchero (X series engine?)
Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:04 pm 
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madmax wrote:
Don't fill it up to 'Max' when cold, this is overfull and it will expel the extra water. It should sit about 'Min' when cold.


Yea that is where it sits when cold, I have been wondering how much is actually leaking and how much is being forced out because I may be overfilling it. (Was told to FILL it up)

Im nervous about not topping it up incase it overheats, but as you say the level sits aroudn the min mark. Maybe it is happy there.
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 Post subject: Re: Water Loss: 4.0 Six 1998 Falcon/Ranchero (X series engine?)
Posted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:28 pm 
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Is it leakng while you're driving or in-between drives? If it's in-between it may be the beginnings of the water pump failing.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Water Loss: 4.0 Six 1998 Falcon/Ranchero (X series engine?)
Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:45 pm 
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We have done every test we could think of and it seems there is no problem, turns out the Ford just seems to regulate the water level very low, MIN mark or just below.

But once it’s there it just stays and runs perfectly, no overheating etc..

Seems I was worried for a valid reason but it’s not actually an issue on my UTE.

Will keep an eye on it though, thanks for all your help.
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Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:11 pm 
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ZARanchero wrote:
We have done every test we could think of and it seems there is no problem, turns out the Ford just seems to regulate the water level very low, MIN mark or just below.

But once it’s there it just stays and runs perfectly, no overheating etc..

Seems I was worried for a valid reason but it’s not actually an issue on my UTE.

Will keep an eye on it though, thanks for all your help.



On my 97 EL Fairmont the coolant level sits about 1cm above the full mark and doesn't change over a period of 6months(5000-8000km), so I think you have a problem???

 

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 Post subject: Re: Water Loss: 4.0 Six 1998 Falcon/Ranchero (X series engine?)
Posted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:58 am 
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EL___Fairmont wrote:
On my 97 EL Fairmont the coolant level sits about 1cm above the full mark and doesn't change over a period of 6months(5000-8000km), so I think you have a problem???


It should not sit that high, there needs to be room for expansion

 

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