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New antifreeze + flush

HI, ( 2003 6.0 liter 144,00 miles )
So i got my 4 gallons of Cat ELC 50/50 mixture . 6 gallons of distilled water.
1 qt. of Ford engine cooling system iron cleaner # VC-9 engine flush cleaner.
I installed a Sinister coolant filter system last week and coming up on 500 miles
soon , when will i know when to change this filter the 1st. time so i can begin my engine flush . How can i see this flow in the hose is clogging or slowing down. I read to run filter and clean as much crap out of system before flush and putting in new antifreeze. I plan on draining at radiator plug + 1 engine
block plug on drivers side only , not going to remove starter for other plug not
accesible . fill with VC-9 and distilled water and drive 100 miles to mix and then
drain again , with new 2nd filter on of course . fill 1 more time distilled water
only drive again and drain to get all the vc-9 flush out . I will fill with new
CAT ELC and then a new 3rd filter on . ( Am i correct with this procedure )
THANKS FOR ANY HELP !!!
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You need to get the concentrate, not the 50/50. There will still be water in the system after the flush and if you use 50/50 the ratio will be wrong.

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I dont think you saw that right. Its suppose to be concintrate not 50/50

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You'll probably need WAY more distilled water. Throw a new thermostat on just for good measure too.



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thanks,
what about the filter changing ( anybody ) ??
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Sinister recommends that you change the filter 3 times every three months to get the initial sand and debris out, then once a year after that.

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Some have reported that it will get so clogged that there will be no flow coming out of the filter and into the degass bottle so they can see when it's needed.



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My first coolant filter clogged after just 500 miles. The second lasted 2K, third is still in over 4.5K. Go by the flow of the filter not just by the recommendations. Might be plugged and your still driving. A simple feel for heat test is best. If it's hot it's flowing, if it's cold or luke warm it's not.


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my coolant mount aluminum top gets very hot that you can't touch it and hoses
are just hot when i installed it . Which way does antifreeze flow threw the filter?
when it is clogged will hoses just get luke warm ? i plan on cutting my 1st
filter open and see what i get out .i'm at 400 miles on my 1st. filter
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