The most common cooling system problems associated with a 1962 Falcon are engine overheating and slow engine warm-up. The Falcon’s radiator stores the coolant under pressure, which raises the point at which the coolant will boil. A cap is attached to the top of the radiator, which seals the radiator and allows the cooling system to build pressure. Once the engine warms, a thermostat opens and a number of drive belts cause the water pump to circulate the coolant throughout the engine. Troubleshooting an overheating 1962 Falcon’s cooling system requires checking each of these components.
Tools Used: Tools, Screwdriver, Pressure test gauge, Tweezers
Troubleshoot an Overheating – Remove the Falcon’s radiator cap after allowing the engine to cool. Check the coolant level by peering through the radiator cap’s opening. The coolant level should be about 1 inch below the top of the radiator.