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Old 04-28-2013, 06:05 PM
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Coolant change

I know this is a old subject but when you do a coolant flush is the water after using restore and restore plus clear or does it stay a little white and have a smell like acid to it because I have drained mine and flushed mine about 10 times so far and it seems like its staying the same every time. I have the thermostat in because no ford dealer within 3 county's of me have one. So it's taking for ever. Can I just tap water during the flush so I can have it running and the drain open on the radiator open and putting water in at the same time
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Yes it was white to start with, but cleaned out with a few tap water flushes. Amazon.com sells the thermostat for around $25 if I remember right, but for now what you can do is take off the thermostat housing, then just remove the thermostat and reinstall the housing. It doesn't destroy the thermostat to take it out unless you're just being silly, just push down and twist. With the thermostat out, stick your garden hose in the degas bottle full blast, open the block drains and radiator drain, let it fill up until it starts overflowing out the bottle, then start your engine. That way there's a continuous supply of fresh water running through the system and it'll get all that white junk outta there.
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Well there is a advance on the way home from work will a thermostat from there work. And I also need to buy the new degas bottle cap can you get it from there
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Don't know for sure about the cap, but I wouldn't run an aftermarket thermostat. Many guys, here and on other forums have tried them and they open too early and don't let the engine come up to full operating temp, usually only around 175-180 degrees instead of the full 190 (and yeah, 10 degrees will make a difference). If yours is still good, you can just remove it from the housing like I said above, do your flushes, then reinstall it.
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