fluid (coolant leak)

18,340

Asked by Apr 16, 2013 at 05:15 PM about the 2003 Ford Explorer XLS V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Fluid leak, looses radiator coolant ever so slightly.  Water dripping under vehicle on drivers side.  Water coming down electrical fitting which connects to tranny on drivers side about mid drivers side door.  Water coming from top of engine as observed from underneath.  Drop can be seen from opened hood, but not where coming from.  Water tempid but not as hot as in plastic recovery tank.  Any suggestions?

11 Answers

yes. pump it up with a pressure tester and watch where it sprays from....replace~

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

you might turn the breeze clamps if they are there or if a frayed end chop off and move it forward~

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

hey. you're the Ford Explorer Number one expert, feels like I'm being tested now~

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

you may have to pinch off the overflow tank while performing the test, there are hose pinching pliers just made for this task from your auto parts supplier, else you could use two small wood blocks and a vice grips, but that's kind of a hillbilly style~

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
18,340

Don't know about # 1 expert roy. But have own four new explorers since mid 90's to 2003. It doesn't make an expert, but I have just about come across everything. All the explorers are handed down to the kids now. Which means the vehicle doner also becomes responsible for repairs. Creeping up on mid 60's, eyesight not quite as good as it use to be, and gaining 50 lbs since retirement means climbing on top of engines and under explorers becomes a little difficult. That's shy I purchased a new F-150. I'd have to gain another 75 lbs not to fit under that one. Anyway, just asked because I thought someone came across the same problem before and could point me right to the location. Would save me the chore of borrowing the neighbors gyn mats to spread around in the event I fell out of the engine compartment onto the driveway. Thanks.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

hey they got me as the #2 porsche expert just cause I asked if it had a jetronic? I don't know about these things, but someone decided "this guy knows"....puhhh~ never replied to me, not once and somehow 'expert', you know a few things, maybe you know what to ask, that's probably it?

not 60 but 45, disabled with MS, they won't let me work, so it's this or porn sites all day long...you know something. may as well share it is my feeling despite nay sayers and purveyors of negativity and belligerence, thankfully there's the little button you can report the negative guy~ OJ you just gotta send your kids in there to get their hands full of coolant, instead of you....get used to a dictator tone...command them~

got a cap coolant pressure tester that fits your radiator? borrow one or get a cheapie, just for one or two uses anyways you gotta find out where this leak is, hopefully it's not from your block or heads~

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

http://www.amazon.com/Stant-12270-Cooling-System- Pressure/dp/B0002SRGWU/ref=sr_1_1? s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1374525962&sr=1- 1&keywords=coolant+pressure+tester

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
10

you can buy Explorer Radiators at 1800 Radiators in Manassas Virginia...for 150.00 dollars plus tax.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
18,340

Found the problem. The upper hose is connected to a cheap plastic housing on top of the intake manifold. It's leaking. Found it after pressurizing the system. Replacement rather easy, but the part is still plastic holding the thermostat. Ford definitely didn't have a better idea with this one. Part cost a little over ninety bucks at a parts store.

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Tranny fluid in coolant 2 answers

    I have tranny fluid in my coolant but no coolant in my tranny fluid, would a coolant seal ? Or would a tranny fluid stop leak work, it's just a temporary fix for couple days till I get paid then p...

    1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • What could be wrong with my transmission if its leaking 2 answers

    im leaking transmission fluid

    1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL SUV

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Coolant leak 4 answers

    Coolant leak rear of motor been underneath truck can't see where it's coming from steady stream flowing out

    1995 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • transmission fluid leak 1 answer

    First off sorry if this question posts 2x times, I tried to post it earlier but I didnt see it listed so am trying again. ==============================... My transmission fluid is leaking into my eng...

    1994 Ford Explorer

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • coolant problem 3 answers

    my daughters 2007 explorer v6 4.0 was running cold no heat output. I meet her at an oil change place to get the oil changed and fluids checked. they found the top radiator hose sucked into a vaccum. t...

    Ford Explorer

    -

    General

Explorer

Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

CarGurus has 72,518 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $1,000.

ZIP:

Search Ford Explorer Questions

Ford Explorer Experts

#1 OJ
OJ
Reputation 10,090
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 4,110
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 2,350
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,023 Great Deals out of 74,887 listings starting at $750
Used Ford Expedition
473 Great Deals out of 24,887 listings starting at $700
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
548 Great Deals out of 29,234 listings starting at $1,699
Used Ford F-150
2,191 Great Deals out of 206,316 listings starting at $1,499
Used Dodge Durango
274 Great Deals out of 22,704 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Highlander
346 Great Deals out of 24,768 listings starting at $2,499
Used Ford Escape
1,391 Great Deals out of 93,563 listings starting at $1,250
Used Toyota 4Runner
249 Great Deals out of 20,494 listings starting at $1,800
Used Honda Pilot
381 Great Deals out of 21,194 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Pathfinder
264 Great Deals out of 22,735 listings starting at $1,995
Used GMC Yukon
374 Great Deals out of 18,226 listings starting at $2,950
Used Ford Explorer Sport
223 listings starting at $4,495

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Explorer For Sale
39 Great Deals out of 44,525 listings starting at $22,710
2016 Ford Explorer For Sale
181 Great Deals out of 5,335 listings starting at $16,900
2015 Ford Explorer For Sale
178 Great Deals out of 4,653 listings starting at $13,890
2014 Ford Explorer For Sale
218 Great Deals out of 6,173 listings starting at $9,990
2013 Ford Explorer For Sale
113 Great Deals out of 2,987 listings starting at $7,300

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.