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Old 8/20/06, 7:09 AM   #1
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Question Engine Coolant - What type is everyone using

The time has come to refill the engine coolant. What type is everyone using? I found out yesterday that the recommended MotorCraft Premium Gold is a pain to find. Are they any other options?
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prestone green. its already a 50/50 mix and that is what is recommended. can be mixed with any color as well
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Old 8/20/06, 10:42 AM   #3
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I topped it off recently with Prestone green 50/50 also (its what I had lying around). It's turns it from Ford yellow to a strong margarita brown...
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Add a couple of shots of Patrone, and you'll be in business..

... the hangover is murder, though.
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I may be wrong but I thought the yellow was the extended life anti-freeze. Like 100,000 miles or something like that.
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same stuff. you could add a bottle of water wetter. itll help keep things even cooler.
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Old 8/21/06, 4:35 PM   #7
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Gold Premium, went to the dealer...he had plenty of them (around $15 for a gallon)...
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G05 coolant. I believe its a Valvoline/Zerex product.
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Ok, I went to the dealer and picked up the Premium Gold (I'll go with the Prestone Green 50/50 next time since its already mixed). Now my (silly?) question is... to top off the coolant, do I need to do a 50/50 mixture or can I just top it off with the coolant? This is the first car that I am doing all of the maintenance myself with.
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My just as silly question: how often does one need to worry about the coolant? I mean, I understand keeping it topped off, but how often do you need to replace it all, and is this something I should/could also do myself?
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According to the maintenance section your premium gold is good for 100K miles or 5 years...after the initial flush they recommend doing it every 3 years or 50K miles...so you shouldn't have to worry about it for awhile
(I changed the Dex-Cool Long Life coolant on my '01 Vette at 4 years instead of 5 years and I only had about 12K miles on it at the time...time is the critical factor, not mileage)
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well i will stick with the yellow stuff purely because i dont like the color change. but yeahn100k is the new fluid inerval for fords i'll probably do it a little earlier. the best thing to do is get the hydrometer or whatever they use to check coolant
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to top it off for the time being, do I want a 50/50 mix "top off" coolant?
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to top it off for the time being, do I want a 50/50 mix "top off" coolant?
Yes, you always want to keep the 50/50 mix.
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Use distilled water, as someone mentioned
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The coolant checker device will tell you the temperature the coolant will protect from freezing. This should not change regardless of time/miles as long as the coolant remains 50/50. The checker will NOT tell you the lubrication factor of the coolant, which is what goes away with time. Over time the lubricity of the coolant goes away and that is why you have to change the coolant. Your water pump depends on lubrication in the coolant. Also the corrosion resistance of the coolant goes away over time.
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Follow instructions on the container, includes toping off. Full anti-freeze must be mixed with equal amounts of water = the 50/50. A 50/50 anti-freeze is already set.
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According to the maintenance section your premium gold is good for 100K miles or 5 years...after the initial flush they recommend doing it every 3 years or 50K miles...so you shouldn't have to worry about it for awhile
(I changed the Dex-Cool Long Life coolant on my '01 Vette at 4 years instead of 5 years and I only had about 12K miles on it at the time...time is the critical factor, not mileage)
I'll probably change mine 1 year after the warranty expires...... 4 years.
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Ok, I went to the dealer and picked up the Premium Gold (I'll go with the Prestone Green 50/50 next time since its already mixed). Now my (silly?) question is... to top off the coolant, do I need to do a 50/50 mixture or can I just top it off with the coolant? This is the first car that I am doing all of the maintenance myself with.
would like to know too
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