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Coolant change...PLEASE HELP ME!

Ok, I have read and searched until my eyes bleed. How do I go about this. I am going to switch to ELC. I know I need to do restore and the other clearner. (Cant remember name of it) What do I do? Do I drain system fill with distilled water, add restore and drive, drain again, and repeat with other cleaner? How do I drain all the old coolant out.

I know that this has been beat to death, but I cant find a write up on it.

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Coolant Flush for changing to ELC

Drain coolant by removing lower radiator hose. Drain block from plug on drivers side of the block. Remove the thermostat. Replace plug in block and put lower hose back on. Put thermostat housing back on without thermostat. Fill with tap water. run for 5 minutes then drain as above. Put 2 qts of VC-9 and fill with tap water. Drive it for about 60-90 minutes. Drain and flush after. Put in 1 gallon of Restore an top with tap water. Drive it for an 60-90 minutes then drain. Flush 2 times with tap water or whatever it takes to come clear. Flush 3 more times with distilled water. Replace thermostat or put in a new one. Put hose back, make sure block plug is tight. Add 3.5 gallons of ELC concentrate and top off with distilled water. Make sure to run engine for 5 minutes between flushes to circulate the water good. Have heater on set to hi while doing this to flush the heater core too.
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Ive been seeing this a lot, is the ELC that is used when adding it finally a 50/50 mix or straight (as in is that what the concentrate means?)

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If you use full strength ( ELC) at the end of your flushing, it will mix with the Distilled water left in the system and will bring it to a 50/50 mix. (Change in the directions "Ford Premium Gold (or Zerex G05)" to which ever ELC you have decided to use). Does this answer your question?

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If you use full strength ( ELC) at the end of your flushing, it will mix with the Distilled water left in the system and will bring it to a 50/50 mix. (Change in the directions "Ford Premium Gold (or Zerex G05)" to which ever ELC you have decided to use). Does this answer your question?

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I use the Zerex ELC. It seems to be the easiest to locate. I bought mine from NAPA for $17 a gallon (concentrate). Will take about 3.5 gallons when you refill.

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that link doesnt mention anything about removing the block plug..

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that link doesnt mention anything about removing the block plug..
If you are willing to do a few more flushes you can do it without removing the block plug. You just have to do more flush cycles to get all the gunk out and leave you with distilled water in the block. Then when you add the ELC concentrate it will work out to 50/50.

Even if you drop both engine plugs you will not get all of the water out so using a 50/50 premix will never really get you to 50/50.
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