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Old 07-18-2012, 16:14   #1 (permalink)
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overheats when pulling a load?

2000 f250 with 5.4 eng. when pulling a load camper, trailer it overheat but when not pulling a load it dont??? please help
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Old 07-18-2012, 17:04   #2 (permalink)
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Re: overheats when pulling a load?

Does it slowly get hot or very quickly? How many miles on it?
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Re: overheats when pulling a load?

about 8 miles down the road then i had to drive about 35 mph too keep it out of the red. 980000 moles
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Re: overheats when pulling a load?

First thing I would check would be the radiator. Check the external fins are clear but it may be dirty inside the radiator core. Sometimes a rust film creates problems with heat transfer so it may need internal flushing. Perhaps the radiator tanks will need removal and the tubes cleaning.
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Re: overheats when pulling a load?

I would bet you have a restricted radiator from age and sludge.
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