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Doing my first coolant flush tomorrow..

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I got everything I need.
New T-Stat, 4G Zerex ELC ec-1, 25g distilled water, 1G restore, new coolant line filter and 1gt of VC-9. I couldnt find any restore+ around here so I oredered some VC-9 from the dealer. I didnt notice that the VC-9 came in a 1gt,I know I should use 2 but I dont have time to order more now since Im starting in the morning. I think I will be ok with just using 1 even tho 2 would be better.
I will be removing the T-stat during the flush to try and save some time. Also my scangaugeII was suppose to be here yesterday but isnt going to be here till tomorrow. I was hoping to get a before and after temps but that dont look like its going to happen. I will be able to monitor temps for doing the flush tho. I just got this trk about 2 weeks ago and Im just trying to prevent any problems. It dont seem like its running hot but you cant trust these dash gauges.
Im really hoping for some nice low temps after all the flush so i dont have to change out the oil cooler and egr cooler. I already talked to a local shop about having them change all that out incase I dont feel like doing it. They said doing just the oil cooler and new intake gaskets it would be about $1300, If they changed out the egr cooler and oil cooler and flush out the intake it will be about 2k. That includes parts and labor.. But to be honest it dont look like that hard of a job,Just time consuming.
Anyways thats whats up for me tomorrow...Wish me luck with matching temps...
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Good move but get the gauges in first before the flush then add cardboard in front of the radiator to get the heat up 185-190* to get the products to work and drive for about 1hr then just before you get back pull the cardboard to cool it down quick. I did 5 distilled flushes then added Restore+ drove the same then did 6 distilled flushes then added the ELC through the t/stat hole till full then replaced t/stat and hoses finished through the degasing tank. It took me 12 1/2 hrs but i work slow. and 48 gallons of distilled water.
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I have city water and we also have a water softner so i was going to just use that for most of my flushes (6-7). Then after the VC9 flush I was going to flush 3 times with distilled and then the final fill with distilled and zerex. 3 distilled flushes should get out all the city water I was reading. Im guessing you dont think so since you used all distilled..
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I'm hoping to finally getting around to doing my '05 this weekend. I've got all the stuff and 30 gallons of distilled, so I'm hoping all goes well.

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I have city water and we also have a water softner so i was going to just use that for most of my flushes (6-7). Then after the VC9 flush I was going to flush 3 times with distilled and then the final fill with distilled and zerex. 3 distilled flushes should get out all the city water I was reading. Im guessing you dont think so since you used all distilled..
You need to flush more as you'll find out. Once you finish flushing out the VC-9 (use tap water here) then run 20-24 gallons of distilled water through it. That's what it takes to get most of the tap water out. That still leaves about 1.5% tap water or there about.
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You need to flush more as you'll find out. Once you finish flushing out the VC-9 (use tap water here) then run 20-24 gallons of distilled water through it. That's what it takes to get most of the tap water out. That still leaves about 1.5% tap water or there about.
Thats sounds like what Im doing..I was going to flush it 3 times after the VC9 so thats about 21G of distilled flushing...All tap water before and during the VC9.

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Thats sounds like what Im doing..I was going to flush it 3 times after the VC9 so thats about 21G of distilled flushing...All tap water before and during the VC9.

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If you flush 3 times after the VC-9 that will be about 12 gallons i did 6 flushes after the Restore+ = 24 gallons.
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I thought we add 7 gallons per flush..Doesnt our coolant system take 7gallons? I must be missing something here.
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I thought we add 7 gallons per flush..Doesnt our coolant system take 7gallons? I must be missing something here.
Yes the system hold 7 gallons but you can only drain a little over 3 1/2 gallons at a time that is the reason when you go back with your ELC coolant you install 3 1/2 gallons this will give you a 50/50 mix
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Yes the system hold 7 gallons but you can only drain a little over 3 1/2 gallons at a time that is the reason when you go back with your ELC coolant you install 3 1/2 gallons this will give you a 50/50 mix
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Oh ok...
I dont know why I havent read that anywhere about only being able to drain 3.5 at a time..Ive read a ton of write-ups about doing this and none said anything about only being able to drain half the fluid out at one time. How am i suppose to know this..I thought it would drain the whole system when you pulled the block plug and bottom hose besides whats in the degas. Anyways I still have 25g of distilled water that I will be flushing thru it so either way its the same..It will just be a few more flushes...I guess I was confused becasue it said to add 3.4 -4g of coolant then top off with water..I know I have to mix the concentrated stuff up...Im not a complete moron..just half way..

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