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Old 09-27-2010, 02:32 PM
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draining coolant

I had a couple questions about draining the coolant on my 05. I will be doing the bulletproof egr cooler and oil cooler and want to drain the whole system because right now there is oil mixed with coolant. Do I just pull the lower hose and flush it 2-3 times with vc-9, then change the hoses and thermostat after it's flushed the final time or is there anything else? Also what coolant would be best, evans, motorcraft gold coolant? I'm also considering ordering the dieselsite coolant filter kit and installing it after everything else is done. If anyone can help out that would be great, I really need the truck running again.
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Simon,
Keep reading down this page and probably the next two. There are several threads with really good information on a proper coolant flush, also there is some advice on which type of coolant to go with.
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Thank you, found it. I'll try to see who carries Rotella ELC around here because i've never seen it at the auto stores. Also will vc-9 clean out the oil or do I need dishsoap and how much do I add, I dont want to add too much dishsoap and have foam coming out .
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Hopefully someone who has used it will chime in here and then we will both know.
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If you have oil in the the coolant, you will need to flush real well with Simple Green before using the vc-9. Get that oil out first the best you can.

Here is a thread on the subject:

removing oil from coolant system - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums
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Thanks, that thread helped alot but does it matter which simple green, on there website they have alot of different products.
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Man, I saw a picture of what they use, but can't place the thread. I'll look around.
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I like Greased Lightning instead of Simple Green of oily greasy stuff. Pull the thermostat at the beginning of your flushes so that you can get the coolant etc circulating immediately without the restriction of the thermostat. VC-9 is for rust removal and will not help with the oil. Flush well several times with distilled water and drain the block as well. Then refill with ELC coolant.
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