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Old 04-14-2015, 07:57 AM   #1
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I have been experiencing overheating problems lately with my 2013 Focus ST. In normal driving everything is fine but on long uphills in the mountains the temperature indications (both engine coolant and oil) will peg unless I slow dramatically (around 50 mph) and shift down to 4th gear. I also put the cockpit heater to max which seems to help. When I pull over to check things out, with the engine at idle, I can hear the fan working but it appears that the moveable baffle at the bottom of the radiator inlet is closed. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Needless to say, I've checked coolant and oil levels and they're normal.


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Radiator "shutters" should only be closed to help aerodynamics when little cooling is required, open whenever you need more & certainly should be with the fans on for cooling.

IMHO you've found the problem, as having those closed would choke off quite a bit of the airflow to the radiator just when you need it all.

Next step is finding out why they aren't opening, obviously a Dealer problem if under warranty for sure.
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I have been experiencing overheating problems lately with my 2013 Focus ST. In normal driving everything is fine but on long uphills in the mountains the temperature indications (both engine coolant and oil) will peg unless I slow dramatically (around 50 mph) and shift down to 4th gear. I also put the cockpit heater to max which seems to help. When I pull over to check things out, with the engine at idle, I can hear the fan working but it appears that the moveable baffle at the bottom of the radiator inlet is closed. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Needless to say, I've checked coolant and oil levels and they're normal.
Have you had a chance to visit your local dealer to get this checked out, capkirk? Please let me know, along with your mileage, and I'll see how I can help the Enterprise get back to being ship shape. ;)

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