Diagnosing and Fixing a 2013 Ford Escape Coolant Leak: A Comprehensive Guide

Welcome back to How to Escape! Today, I’ll show you how to use a coolant pressure test kit to locate a coolant leak in my 2013 1.6-liter Ford Escape. The specific leak is located in a complex network of hoses, but with the help of a pressure test kit, I was able to find it in just 10 minutes, after previously spending five hours searching for it without success. I’ll walk you through the process so you can use this method on your own Ford Escape or any other car.

For this process, you’ll need a pressure test kit, access to your coolant overflow tank, and any other necessary access points. The first step is to remove the cap from the coolant overflow reservoir and replace it with an adapter from the pressure test kit. As you start pumping air into the system to pressurize it, the fluid may push out, so it’s important to place a drip pan under your car and have extra coolant on hand.

Before using the pressure test kit, some disassembly of the car’s components may be required, such as removing the wipers, cowl air intake box, engine cover, and the middle section of the air intake duct, to access the necessary areas for testing.

When inspecting the cap for pressure and sealing details, it’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding pressure limits. In this case, the system should not exceed 21 psi to prevent damage to the hoses and connections. The pressure test kit includes a pump with color-coded zones to indicate the pressure level.

Next, the appropriate adapter from the kit should be selected and installed on the coolant tank. The pump is then used to pressurize the system, and any drop in pressure indicated on the gauge can help locate the leak. Visual inspection, feeling for wetness or spray on hoses, listening for hissing or dripping sounds, and using multiple lights to inspect hard-to-reach areas are all helpful in identifying the leak.

After using the pressure test kit, the source of the coolant leak in the 2013 Ford Escape was identified to be on the rear side of the engine block, specifically where the water outlet behind the bypass solenoid connects to the block head.

Using a pressure test kit like this can save you a significant amount of time and effort compared to traditional methods of locating coolant leaks. If you found this tutorial helpful, feel free to like and share the video. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel for more automotive tips and discussions. Your feedback is valuable, so leave a comment below, and we’ll catch you in the next one!

What is the pressure test kit used for in a car?

The pressure test kit is used to find coolant leaks in a car.

How can I use a pressure test kit to find coolant leaks?

First, remove the fill cap when the system has cooled down. Then, select the adapter that best fits the ceiling inside as well as the threading of the fill cap for your coolant tank. Install the adapter and pump pressure into the tank while staying within the 21 psi limit. Look for wetness, spray, hissing, bubbling, dripping, or trickling to find the leak. Keep an eye on the fluid level and refill as necessary until you find the leak.

What should be noted when using a pressure test kit?

When using a pressure test kit, it’s important to note that the fluid will push out when air is pumped into the system, requiring a drip pan and extra coolant. It’s also important to follow the manual’s instructions regarding the maximum pressure for the system (e.g. not exceeding 21 psi in this case).

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