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Old 11-13-2011, 08:38 AM
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How much coolant?

I just finished flushing my coolant, and when i refilled it i was only able to get 5 and a half gallons in before it was full. in the manual it says 32.75 quarts, or 8 ish gallons. whats the deal?? also i didnt use any of the additive in the coolant that it said to use in the manual, will that hurt anything?
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:55 PM
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Did you pull the plugs and drain the block as well?
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i took that plug and unscrewed it but i didnt take it all the way out, should i have? i unscrewed it almost all the way but i didnt know it was supposed to come all the way out was it? i also completely took off the bottom hose and drained it all the way so i figured it was completely drained
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yea pull the block plug and get out of the way I flush with distilled water in till it runs clear. put the plug back in with thread tap on it. and refill 4 gallons coolant 4 gallong of didtilled water and about 2 bottles of dca if your coolant is not pre charged.
when I do mine i pull the thermastate housing to make sure ther is no air under it when I put the thermostate in.

I use distilled water since out water is hard well water.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:30 AM
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There are block plugs on both sides. One is behind the starter. I would recommend replacing the plugs with a 1/4 NPT hex head brass plug. The stock steel plugs can be difficult to remove.

System will take about 7 1/2 gals to fill if you have drained everything.

You will also need the Ford VC-8 additive unless the coolant already has it. Test strips (from Napa) are needed to verify the proper amount.

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Old 11-14-2011, 12:06 PM
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You will also need the Ford VC-8 additive unless the coolant already has it. Test strips (from Napa) are needed to verify the proper amount.
^^2x. The additive's are EXTREMELY important, it can make your engine corrode quickly w/o it.
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wow alright i need to flush my coolant again haha so theres not just plugs on the radiator but also on the block? wouldnt it have all come out anyway when i pulled to bottom radiator hose?
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No sir. The water pump is higher than the bottom of the block, to do it right, you have to pull the plugs out.
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alright cool thanks guys this helps a ton
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