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Old 02-02-2002, 18:13   #1 (permalink)
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Radiator Caps

How long do radiator cap's last?

every car ive owned has at one stage needed a new radiator cap...

My Ef 6 needed one at 150,000k's couldnt handle any pressure, was the original

and my Nf v8 needed one yesturday, at 90,000k's, it too couldnt handle any pressure and everything came out the little hose. I only found this out because of the "coolant low" warning light..

dam EF didnt have that warning and only found out when the temperature started rising....

The low coolant sensor should be something thats standard across the board. its realy insane not having one.
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Old 02-02-2002, 18:24   #2 (permalink)
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I replaced my radiator cap for the first time at about 170k

isnt the low cooland sensor on all falcons?
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Old 02-02-2002, 18:28   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Radiator Caps

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dam EF didnt have that warning and only found out when the temperature started rising....

The low coolant sensor should be something thats standard across the board. its realy insane not having one.
Are you sure your EF doesn't have a warning light ??

I thought all EF models had one .... the EF XR does ......
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Old 02-02-2002, 18:53   #4 (permalink)
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The basic model ED Falcons did not have these sensors could be the same for EF's.
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BTW I found I could use my standard cooling system pressure tester for the screw on cap systems by simply attaching it to one of the small air bleed hoses that go to the radiator recovery tank and attaching and pinching another hose going to the recovery tank. If the cap had failed the pressure would drop before it should and you would hear the cap release the pressure. If the cap was good you could pressurise to max cap pressure to test for leaks elsewhere. When I priced an adapter to fit the screw on systems I found the cost more than my original Rex Colling System Pressure Tester.
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The basic model ED Falcons did not have these sensors could be the same for EF's.
I know the EF Series 1's don't have the sensor. Which is a bugger.
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Old 02-03-2002, 00:29   #7 (permalink)
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Au Forte's dont have them either.

my brother has one, his light keeps flickering on and off and theres not even a sensor there.

Unfortunatly with his next car purchase comming up, he will be going to the dark side & buying a "Heap of Shit Vehicle".
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My EF Fairmont 5L (series 1) definently has the sensor, not sure about the base models tho.
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Old 02-03-2002, 06:06   #9 (permalink)
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i habe a sexy billet one that cost $50 or something stupid
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