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post #1 of 22 Old 05-16-2011, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Started Restore coolant flush, need help

Have a question about the flush, i drained the Ford coolant out and it is clear I had no rust or dirt of any kind in it.Looks like it's brand new. Even on the water flushes every thing was clean. I have the Restore in the engine now and will run if it for a couple of hours tomorrow. My question is what should I see when I drain it again, should I see some kind of dirt or rust come out? If it is clear again should I do the Restore+ cycle, as I am afraid it break stuff loose and plug the coolers.
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I did mine this weekend and I never did get anything bad looking out of the engine. Total cost including fuel to run at high idle for 4 hours was about $150.00 I have only 60K on the truck.
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When I flush them they always come out dirty looking when I drain out the vc-9 chemicals.

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You run it and flush it enough you will get junk out. I left the block plug out and just kep filling water through the degas bottle until clear. Then I installed a backflush "T" and ran water through it until clear coming out of the block. Buttoned everything up and installed Restore, high idle for 90 minutes and drained and then flushed exactly the same. Refiller with Restore Plus and ran for 90 minutes, drained and then flushed the same again. Refilled system multiple times with distilled water and flushed approx. 6 times. Drained, replaced thermostat and refilled with ELC.

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I got alot more gunk out when I did the restore+ I did 3 additional water flushes afterward until it cleared up, I took the bottom radiator hose off and it seemed to let the bad stuff out a little easier, don't forget the block plugs
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I followed the procedure exactly as suggested, and has been posted all over the diesel forums. I used restore and restore + and flushed several times. Pulled the thermostat and drove it for 90 mins with restore/restore+. All i ever saw at its worst was milky water. Flushed until water cleared up and then started flushing with distilled water. Truck has 133k miles, and coolant had been changed a couple times due to headgaskets and egr delete. Truck seems pretty healthy now so i wouldn't go so far as to say you'll always see dark when flushing...


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When i did mine 30K on it drained the Gold Cxxp out flushed then add 1/2 Restore t/stat out add cardboard in front of the rad to build heat got it to 185-190* drove 60min highway speed just before i got back stopped pulled the cardboard for cool down and it came out like white honey did 5 flushes add Restore+ did the same thing then did 6 flushes added 3 1/2 gallons of Delo ELC concentrate new t/stat top off with distilled water. Total 48 gallons distilled water used i like a clean system don't need any screwups pulling my 5er. Next is a new set of Boots ready to go on.
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When i did mine 30K on it drained the Gold Cxxp out flushed then add 1/2 Restore t/stat out add cardboard in front of the rad to build heat got it to 185-190* drove 60min highway speed just before i got back stopped pulled the cardboard for cool down and it came out like white honey did 5 flushes add Restore+ did the same thing then did 6 flushes added 3 1/2 gallons of Delo ELC concentrate new t/stat top off with distilled water. Total 48 gallons distilled water used i like a clean system don't need any screwups pulling my 5er. Next is a new set of Boots ready to go on.
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That's a good way of describing it, "white honey", i had the same experience. You and i think similarly, i just had the huntch to replace my old boots. Even though they appeared relatively ok, once i pulled them off i saw definite signs of wear and tear i didn't like. I just replaced mine with the factory, they aren't cheap, thank goodness the parts guy knows me and gave me a break


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Now i've heard both ways of flushing and running with the thermostat in and out....which is best? In this thread U235a4 says in post #5 to leave it in.
Restore/ Restore Plus success stories?
To me it seems to be better if it was removed so that the restore and restore + will circulate faster before the thermostat opened. It gets confusing when you hear that it's recommended both ways. When i do it, i just wanna know what's best is all.

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If you pull the thermostat, you'll save yourself a whole bunch of time having to run truck and waiting until the thermostat opens to circulate. If you pull it, its circulating immediately, make sense?


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