Coolant Level Check on a 2011 Ford Explorer XLT 3.5L V6

Ford Explorer Model Years - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

1. Getting Started - Prepare for the repair

2. Open the Hood - How to pop the hood and prop it open

3. Find Reservoir - Locate the coolant / antifreeze reservoir and clean it

4. Check Level - Determine the coolant / antifreeze level

5. Add Coolant - Determine coolant / antifreeze type and add fluid properly

6. Replace Cap - Secure the coolant / antifreeze reservoir cap

7. Locate Hoses - Locate the coolant / antifreeze hoses and connection points

8. Assess Coolant/Radiator Hoses - Tips for how to assess the condition of the hoses

9. More Info. - Additional Information on adding coolant / antifreeze

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Video Description

Checking the engine coolant (also known as antifreeze) level in your 2011 Ford Explorer is pretty easy. In order to get an accurate reading, your 3.5 liter engine should be cool to the touch when you check it. Engine coolant / antifreeze circulates through your engine to keep it cool in the summer but won't freeze in the winter. The video above shows you where the coolant reservoir in your Explorer is located and how to check the coolant / antifreeze level. If you need to add anti-freeze, be sure to check your owners manual to determine the correct type of coolant to add - in Fords, it usually located in a section titled Fluid Capacities towards the end of your manual. See our video on how to add engine coolant for tips on adding coolant to your Explorer.

Always wear safety goggles when working on your Explorer. Taking off the coolant reservoir cap on a warm engine could cause the cap to up explosively and fluid to spray out of the reservoir. If you notice an oily surface in your coolant, immediately have your mechanic inspect your Explorer for head gasket leakage.

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