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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2021 7:04 pm    Post subject: Ford 1500 running hot Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hello guys. My ford 1500 has been running hot when mowing. I have a gauge and the idiot light and I may go till it hits 210 and then I head to the barn. Only takes a half hour to do that. Flushed it and put a new 180 degree thermostat this winter when I got it. Guy said it had a new water pump. I got some more flush today and flushed it again. This time I ran it for about 10 minutes with the water hose in the radiator and the back drain plug where I put the nipple for my temp gauge was removed. Could tell the pump was working cause when the thermostat opened it blew water out the plug about 5 feet and it quit over flowing at the radiator. I cleaned out the radiator fins very well.

One thing is that this has a front mount battery that blocks a lot of the radiator and the screen on the front begins to collect mowed weeds. One thing I want to try tomorrow is to take that mounting bracket for the battery off and lower the battery to the frame. What do you guys think of the situation?

Also wondering how easy a 1500 would roll over. Been mowing sideslope on the state highway right of way and inside a waterway. Not super steep but enough that I slide to the side of the seat and have to hang on.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2021 2:50 am    Post subject: Re: Ford 1500 running hot Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Steps to take:
1. Make sure that the front of the radiator isn't plugged like the screen in front of it is. While at it, clean that screen too.
2. Make sure that the spaces between the fins of the radiator are not plugged. Rinsing or pressure washing from the back of the radiator may be needed.
3. Check the fan belt. Make sure it is in good shape with no cracks or glazing, then adjust its tension.
4. Last thing will be to flush the radiator or replace it if it is clogging internally.
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