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Distilled water or normal water raidiator??

I have read a lot of forums and every one keeps saying to use distilled water. Why is that? I always thought I could just flush with regular water since it is going to come out of the truck anyways. I just replaced a head gasket and should be finished with the rebuild today, I want to flush the radiator but not sure if there is a right or wrong way to do it.

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distilled water doesn't care the minerals that build up inside the radiator and heater core like "tap" water does.

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Do you think minerals will build up that quick if I am just flushing the system. Then adding the Ford Gold?

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Don't use Ford Gold and don't use tap water. There are a ton of threads on doing a cooling system flush. Here is one.....

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/90...nge-101-a.html

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To Flush the system you can use Tap water...BUT after you clean the system you will need to flush/ clean out the Tap water with distilled water...

Just make sure to run distilled water through the system a couple times before filling with antifreeze.





Guys, If we would have to do every single flush with distilled water (usually 5-15 times including restore & restore+)
We would go broke!!!


the procees can be done with Tap water but it needs to be FINISHED off with a couple distilled water flushes to clean the system

That is how the procedure is called out!

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I didnt offer any kind of procedure.

He asked while distilled and i told him.

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To the OP, No i don't think they would build up that quick.
I usually use tap water to flush and then run distilled when filling.

You will be fine.

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Tap water is not as bad as everyone says it is. It's one of those things that gets regurgitated on forums. My truck, my car, my dirtbike, and all of the tractors we have all have tap water in the cooling systems. Nothing is wrong with them. My delta is 3F (190 and 193 at 65 flat road) with the original oil cooler with tap water and Zerex EC1 flowing through it for the last 20,000 miles (truck has 120,000 miles total).

Using municipal water from the hose is what I chose to do. I'm not telling anyone to use it b/c I don't want to get flak from everyone on here.

All I did to flush was drain and flush with hose water until all just water, then put in the new coolant and it has been fine since. Deltas were good before and after my 'less involved flush.' 20,000 miles later and my oil cooler is fine and the coolant filter is clean.....

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Tap water is not as bad as everyone says it is. It's one of those things that gets regurgitated on forums. My truck, my car, my dirtbike, and all of the tractors we have all have tap water in the cooling systems. Nothing is wrong with them. My delta is 3F (190 and 193 at 65 flat road) with the original oil cooler with tap water and Zerex EC1 flowing through it for the last 20,000 miles (truck has 120,000 miles total).

Using municipal water from the hose is what I chose to do. I'm not telling anyone to use it b/c I don't want to get flak from everyone on here.

All I did to flush was drain and flush with hose water until all just water, then put in the new coolant and it has been fine since. Deltas were good before and after my 'less involved flush.' 20,000 miles later and my oil cooler is fine and the coolant filter is clean.....

I might get the firing squad for this post


You betcha!!!


I have used tap water before until I started loosing water pumps....Started researching and to my AMAZEMENT, tap water was the culprit...


Also, started asking around and almost everyone I talked to confirmed that using TAP water is bad for the cooling system.

To each his own i guess... I just got tired of replacing water pumps

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I didnt offer any kind of procedure.

He asked while distilled and i told him.



That wasn't meant towards you bud


It was more to "Term3" for saying NO gold and NO tap water...


Guys still run GOLD with no problems, (just more maintanance)

And it's ok to flush with tap... just flush once at the end with distilled

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