Do I literally need to pay the big bucks for Motorcraft brand coolant? Not applying the right amount of antifreeze to your radiator can cause your engine to overheat - leaving you with an undriveable vehicle and an expensive repair. Thanks to everyone for your input. Collect them all and win a prize. I assume Ford intended for us to refill the system by pouring in the new 50-50 mix into the reservoir and let it suck it in since there is no radiator cap on a 2002 Explorer. How did we get a simple and coherent standard for oil, while coolant is a no-man's land with dozens of different specs? You can add just water and you will still be well within Ford's specifications.
It was like that when I brought the Flex home from the dealer. I was attempting to go by the information on Prestone's website, but of course they aren't showing the same jug I bought a few years ago, and further muddy the overflow tank with 'yellow' and 'green' for a product that's really kinda both. Anyway, now I have what I need. I buy wholesale, and the difference in my cost for plain old green, Toyota long-life, DexCool, Ford Gold, Honda Blue, etc. My suggestion is to use the original from the dealer or find the possibly less expensive Zerex G-05 product. Make sure the correct coolant is used. This ensured no green coolant was left behind.
That's what I used in wife's Mariner when I flushed it last year. So now I just need to know where is the drain plug of my radiator to drain the old engine coolant. It contains inhibitors to prevent rust and corrosion for all cooling system metals including aluminum. The use of an improper coolant may harm engine and cooling system components and may void the warranty. If more than 25 percent of the antifreeze needs to be replaced, then the customer should consider flushing and refilling the entire system with Fleet Charge.
Who we are: We try to be a helpful discussion-driven community while maintaining high-quality discourse and topical content. Because most modern engines use aluminum cylinder heads, they require the protective, anticorrosive properties of antifreeze. Antifreeze contains lubricants and anti-corrosion agents to keep components like your radiator properly lubricated and free from corrosion. Stop by your local AutoZone and ask our staff how antifreeze improves the quality of your ride or order online. You can be assured by the laws of physic it is on the bottom of the radiator, so that simplifies the process. No need to add water. Anyway, went over to Ford and gave the lady the spec and told her what auto I had and she was confused about what I should use.
Personally I use the G05 in my 00 and 12. What is the history of your cooling system in terms of maintenance and such? If you are low on coolant you have a leak and have to get it fixed. One would certainly hope so, anyways. Any antifreeze that doesn't contain nitrates or phosphates which can corrode the metal and break down rubber seals in your system can be used. Do you think the guy at AutoZone knows better? It would appear to me -- and my Google-fu -- that the green stuff is the original formulation, and the yellow stuff is the extended life formulation.
Since my vehicle has 130K+ miles on it and I've never changed the coolant out dumb, dumb, dumb I figure now's a good time to do it. The only thing truly close to a universal coolant out there is Zerex G-05, and even that is not approved by all car makers. My friend got car jacks. But I will drain it and flush it. The gold lasts over 5 years. When water freezes, it expands, so without the fluid, this expansion can cause your engine block to crack and ruin your motor. Who we aren't: We are not a concierge service or a promotional platform.
Universals lack that problem, but I avoid it anyway and just run universal, period. They install a cleaner and run that then back flush the entire system and then add a conditioner …. It might be a leak but not necessarily. Hi all Well I need to refill my engine coolant system as I got light warming on my dashboard. However, what the heck is the green coolant I'm supposed to put in there? The G-05, Fords yellow coolant, is actually one of the best types you can use.
Keep in mind that Zerex G-05 may not always be orange in color. The specification only requires Ethylene Glycol coolant. With AutoZone's wide selection, you can easily find the right antifreeze for your specific make and model. They are yellow, not green. He said they started using that antifreeze in the 2011 and newer. I was planning on using it maybe and was planning on doing a flush.
I drained, filled with water, ran, drained, filled with water, ran, drain, filled with water, ran, drain, last fill with Gold. Is my older stuff compatible, or not? I found it on sale at Walmart but wasn't sure if it was safe just cause it met the standards. The cold range lines upper and lower are one inch apart. No petitions, requests for funding. The spec you quoted seems to be for the original formulation.
Either way, I don't mix the two. Optimum protection against freezing and boil over. Comments cannot be excessively argumentative, insulting, or otherwise generally uncivil. You can also play it safe and get motorcycle antifreeze at your local bike shop. What automobile industry specifications do your antifreezes meet or exceed? You just have to crawl underneath, remove any windscreens that are in the way, and look for it. Apparently, this will help avoid creating a mess of oil and coolant on the garage floor.