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Can't find radiator cap

On a 2004 ford explorer, I can't find it.

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SOURCE: I have replaced the thermostat and the radiator

Check to see if fluid is flowing in the coolant system. if no flow suspect water pump

Could also be one of the coolant sensors.

this is an older vehicle if it has high miles you may just need to replece your head gaskets

hope this helps

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SOURCE: I have a 2004 ford explorer that overheated and it

Could be either. Or it could be a hose. Take to any radiator shop and have your system pressure checked. If no radiator shop in your area, take to a trusted repair shop and ask them to do a pressure test for you. A pressure test is a device you put on your radiator in place of the cap. They are then able to pump up the pressure and visually check for leaks.

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