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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:33 pm    Post subject: Question what coolant do you use(update) Reply with quote

im gonna have to do another flush for the 5th time this year and was thinking about switching coolant fluids. do you use anything other than prestone dexcool?
im really beginning to hate this car with a passion (but dont tell it that, itll get upset)


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:36 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Why do need to keep flushing it?

The only thing you should use in the car is dexcool (which is now simply the old green stuff without the silicates)

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:43 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

most of it is my fault i guess. first i just thought it needed it. then it was done when the lim was replaced then some mechanic thought it needed one cause it was heating up i guess (the temp gauge dont work) then it was flushed when the new water pump was installed and now its getting muddy all over again so im gonna replace the rad. so maybe it wasnt 5 times but it is getting old.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:45 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It sounds like you have a bigger problem... is it 'muddy' or does it look like a milkshake?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

this time its the milkshake. all the other times it was thick mud.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If it's milkshake, you are getting oil in the coolant... sounds like the LIM gaskets aren't quite correct

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:58 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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If it's milkshake, you are getting oil in the coolant... sounds like the LIM gaskets aren't quite correct

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oh man, i pray that you are wrong. i recently discoverd that i am leaking coolant from what appears to be where the upper rad hose is connected. i think it might be cracked......the radiator that is
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:44 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You can check your oil cap too. If it has a greenish slime on it, you getting moisture into your oil.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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You can check your oil cap too. If it has a greenish slime on it, you getting moisture into your oil.


well the cap looks fine...i think. Would it be green even if the dex is orange? Should i still replace my radiator? Could the leak that i believe my radiator might have be the cause of the fluid to coagulate? Is this the end of the caped crusader? tune in next week....
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Flushed again! Went with some gold coolant and ditched the dex......we'll see how it goes
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:21 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I used dexcool after I got my coolant flushed. Working great so far.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You're also using the gold stuff or did you flush the dex and refill with dex?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:39 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

No issues with the dexcool here.

Hopefully you are not adding regular stuff to your system when you have dexcool in. Since it doesnt sound like you service your car, it's possible that someone you've taken it to doesnt know better.

IIRC, it's air in the cooling system that causes issues with dexcool. If your rad hose leaks, you're introducing air into the system.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:51 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I've had multiple problems with my cooling system. First it had to do with pressure and the dex coagulated. Then it coagulated for no reason, or so I thought. Then it appeared that the rad had a hair line crack so it had to be removed and flushed again. Rad was said to be fine so it was reinstalled. The the rad began to leak from somewhere..had to flush, this time I replaced to rad and here we are now.
Oh, and the first couple times it was flushed, I was having lim problems. Every piece of the cooling system has been replaced now. I'll see how it goes. Sad
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

10/8/2011
My car starts to leak rad. fluid from the front. I check the reservoir because i dont want to open the radiator. The reservoir is empty and the very bottom of the res. is coated with a thin layer of milkshake. New radiator, new elbows, new LIM, new hoses, different coolant. I went with a gold coolant from motorcraft (a ford tech did the work) I think the reason it didnt get all thick and muddy is because i didnt use the dexcool. I think im gonna lose my mind.

Can a compression test or something of that nature pin point my problem? The radiator is leaking, if its cracked, could that have caused the coolant to get muddy? I just spent 3k on a GD paint job a couple months ago and now im ready to throw this car in the trash!
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