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#1 OFFLINE   howie411

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 05:53 PM

Can anyone check their engine coolant and tell me what the level is? I was filling up my wife's windshield washer fluid today in her C-max and I noticed the coolant level was a tad bit below the minimum level line.  There also seems to be what looks like coolant around the top of the container.









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#2 OFFLINE   wab

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 06:15 PM

Just looked at ours, it on the MAX line.

 

Do you think your motor (ICE) may have overheated?

Did you check the cap, is it tight?



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 07:26 PM

there is no radiator cap that I can see or a drain petcock that I have found. The days of doing my own spring and fall fast flush appear to be over with this car.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:11 PM

The radiator doesn't have a cap.

The cap on the overflow bottle does double duty.

 

Not sure (yet) but you probably unhook the bottom radiator hose to drain.



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 09:06 PM

Looks like you remove the metal panel under the engine area first and there is a drain plug:

 

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Then there is a long bleeding procedure:

 

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Doesn't look like any fun at all.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 09:05 AM

That's scarey, Hope I never have to do that. :gaah:

 

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 02:15 PM

I finally got to take a picture, here is what I see.  As you can see there is a lid, and their is I guess engine coolant around it.  Its also just below the min.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 03:19 PM

I finally got to take a picture, here is what I see.  As you can see there is a lid, and their is I guess engine coolant around it.  Its also just below the min.

 

That's not the engine coolant, that's the coolant for the motor electronics. I too have seen some leakage in that area on my Energi.



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 10:47 PM

Ok, fine, but I don't think it should be leaking or below the min line. :)



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 05:31 PM

My engine coolant was low, sent to dealer twice and they filled up.  They also pressure tested and saying there was no leak.  But it kept going below the min level.  I don't know why, and dealer don't know why either.  It might worth just get a jar of coolant from Ford dealer and add it periodically at home.



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 09:34 PM

Ok, fine, but I don't think it should be leaking or below the min line. :)

 

 

My engine coolant was low, sent to dealer twice and they filled up.  They also pressure tested and saying there was no leak.  But it kept going below the min level.  I don't know why, and dealer don't know why either.  It might worth just get a jar of coolant from Ford dealer and add it periodically at home.

 

Our motor home has a Ford motor, used a gallon of coolant in the first 5K miles.

Took it to a dealer "They also pressure tested and saying there was no leak."

Used another quart so we took it to another dealer, they changes a hose...hasn't used a drop in over 4K miles.

 

A co-worker added coolant every month to a company car for a year and sent it to the shop 5 or 6 times, one month he "forgot"

the autopsy result said "leaking head gasket FOR A LONG time."


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Posted 16 March 2014 - 12:40 AM

I am thinking to go to a different dealer.  My right window blows whistles in even 10MPH wind. Send to this same dealer, they told me they could not duplicate the problem, so no fix.  I think the manager is good, but the person who taking the car in does not really care.



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 11:15 AM

Hi everyone,

 

If you're having concerns about your coolant levels, having your dealer check for leaks is your best bet. If you still need a hand after that, PM me (or FordServiceCA if you're in Canada) your name, phone number, VIN, mileage, and dealer info. I'll see what I can do to help.

 

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 04:28 PM

My Ford dealer service people are very nice, I don't want to get them in trouble by sending their information to Ford directly.  So I decided to send car in my dealer for another check yesterday. They told me the side having level lower is the EV side, not engine side.  They filled up that coolant for me again, and asked if I could let them have the cars for few days, they would send a person non-stop keep driving the car to see if they can duplicate the problem.  I refused that request.  From my past experience, coolant level from above max goes down to below min, it will takes about 5000 miles. That is like drive from Los Angeles to NY and back.  I don't want them add that many miles to my car.

 

Is there a way to check EV coolant leak other than keep driving my car by service person?

 

The dealer also explained to me that they can not just replacing parts on the door for the wind whistle problem.  They have to drive on the freeway with windy days to checkout.  Any other way to test this kind of problem? Do you have something like pressure paper to find out which part not making good contact?

 

 

In general, I like Ford C-MAX very much, also highly recommend the car and the dealership people.  Just those little things that I would like to see them perfect.



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 05:59 PM

You might try some experimenting on your own some foam insulation strips from HOME DEPOT. You might be able to figure out the problem. Good Luck :)

 

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 11:48 AM

https://www.canadian...2R1Y3RzIn19#srp


Can anyone Please tell me if I can add that coolant to my Cmax? Thanks.

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 01:45 PM

I would think pretty much any auto coolant would fine.  Do you have a leak?

 

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 04:24 PM

Orange is the Ford recommended coolant.

 

https://www.fcsdchem.../coolantsEN.pdf



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Posted 30 November 2018 - 04:54 PM

Not sure, if i do or not, but it is low, if there is a leak , it is a very very slow one...its not overheating or anything...

 

I kinda thought that was how it worked to Paul lol, any kind would do .. wasnt sure,

the one i found was designed for Fords.. my car is due for inspection this month so ill ask them to check it out. 


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Posted 30 November 2018 - 04:55 PM

Thanks Jaz i just have no clue where i would buy the ford coolant,  Not sure if i could go to dealership and buy it, and it takes WEEKS to get an appointment with them.. 








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