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Old 03-02-2012, 01:04 PM
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gold coolant ratio

Im about to drain and refill the system with the Gold and finish hooking up my coolant filter. I bought three jugs of coolant and was wondering how much of it I'll need and how much distilled water I'll need. I plan on only draining from the radiator so I think there is a small amount of coolant still left in the block? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:51 PM
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Cooling system holds 7 gal so I would flush it thoroughly with water first an at least use one block drain and remove the lower radiator hose, but if u dnt wanna do that, I think it would b hard to figure out how much is in the block. Plus, u will have most of the crap un the blOck yet
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If you really don't want to do a few distilled water only flushes...Then you should use 50/50 to refill after your drain and just top her off. I think my block still held like 2gal even after draining the drivers side block plug. So probably 3-4 of each and do your own 50/50 mixing so you know it's accurate.
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If you are draining your coolant to install the coolant filter, you don't need to. Make sure the truck is sitting level, keep the cap on the degas bottle and you will lose very little coolant. That's how i did it. I wouldn't just drain the radiator and fill it with new coolant. Kind of like adding fresh milk to half a glass of sour milk. Still sour.
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Use concentrate! Not 50/50.

Here is a good read:


6.0 coolant change
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Well I suppose it would be good to do a cleaning as I've had the truck a year and haven't done anything to it yet. Oddly enough that's the thread I have saved on my phone for when I operate tomorrow great writeup!
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