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Old 04-13-2013, 08:53 AM
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coolant question

OK so i have a 1995 that needs new coolant. I flushed the coolant system and now i just need to fill it up. I found fleet guard at tractor supply it has low silicate and is pre charged with the anti cavitation chemical. the only problem is its purple in color. I called Ford and asked them if i HAD to use the green coolant but they didn't seem like they knew to much about it. would it be ok to use a coolant other than the standard green coolant ford recommends?

also is there any tips in getting all the air out of the coolant system after filling it?
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:00 AM
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I haven't seen the purple coolant before. Always just used the green stuff. Someone on here did a test to see how many flushes it took to get the orange coolant out of the truck so he could use the green stuff and it ended up to be like 7 flushes to get a clean green color out of the system. Just mentioning this as if you use the purple stuff and want to go green again this is what it will take. Anyway, to remove as much air as possible I first drill a 1/16" hole in the thermostat for a constant tiny flow of water. You may have seen at the parts store thermostats with little ball bearings built into them, same idea. Anyway the hole will allow the trapped air in the heads to move passed the thermostat as you fill the system. Then I lift the front end (on ramps or curb, not jackstands) so that all the air still in the system travels to the front of the block. Start the truck and let idle. The rest of the trapped air will be pushed through the tiny hole and fluid will start heating the thermostat normally. Check your levels after the truck makes operating temp and top off if needed. Done.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:27 PM
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after that is all done do i replace the thermostat or keep the one with the hole in it?
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The one with the hole. The hole is so small it is only letting a miniscule amount of coolant past it. The hole is just to let trapped air through the stat so it doesn't build up behind it and make it take longer to cycle for the first time.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:58 PM
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OK ill give that a try. thx for the advice and sorry it took so long to respond, been working out of town for the last month.
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No worries, any work is good work.
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