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Old 02-14-2013, 05:30 PM
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6.4 coolant flush with machine ok??

I would like to get my coolant flushed but I am tired of DIY projects for now...is it ok to have my coolant flushed using a machine? I will make sure they use restore and restore+ (right??) and then fill with final charge and distilled h2o. Is this ok or will it plug up my oil cooler? Rather have someone else (trusted mechanic) do this while I nap for a change....let me know how I should go about this?? Lots of posts about this but no real solid answers??

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My 08 has 63xxx miles and I have had it flushed twice at dealer with no issues.
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Yeah, the dealer here charged about $200 for a flush and fill IIRC. The problem I had is they would only use Ford Gold.

If you don't want to spend all day doing it, I recommend you pay someone like you're thinking. Nothing wrong with it. Some guys just don't want to pay anyone any more to do work on their trucks.
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Thanks doss, I figured a flush machine ran properly wouldn't mess anything up, but I wanted to hear it from someone with more 6.4 ownership experience than me... I'll supply the final charge and 4 gals of distilled h2o to my independent mechanic...I noticed a little scale build up on the inside of the degas bottle so I want that out...
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I dont believe they can do restore/restore + flush with a machine. Did you ask if they can?
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never seen a coolant flush machine in action

you should ask the shop if u are supplying distilled and then going with concentrated coolant is best

or can they flush in the diluted coolant mix or would that dilute when flushing

ultimate goal is to get the proper ratio
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IMHO I would just do it yourself. I went back and forth deciding if i should do a machine flush or do it myself. I decided to do it myself and i know I took my time and did it right and that i have the proper 50/50 mix.
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i don't know if they actually can't use restore in the machine, or if they won't use restore in the machine.. I'm going to lean towards won't- and I really can't blame them much as that is pretty corrosive when used a bunch.. I'm thinking they just want to pprotect their equipment.. I could easily be wrong, though.

the way the things get a proper ratio, or, at least the ones I've seen, is by flushing with straight h20 for a good bit, then adding the proper amount of undiluted coolant at the end and allowing the engine to mix it good..
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if I were going back to gold I wouldn't have an issue with a dealer flush

if I were swapping to another type I would be hesitant to trust anyone else

I also fear doing a restore chemical flush on my year with the clog prone oil cooler.


so I just change the gold by draining 4 gallons and vacuum refil every so often to keep the gold healthy and avoid silicate drop out
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IMHO I would just do it yourself. I went back and forth deciding if i should do a machine flush or do it myself. I decided to do it myself and i know I took my time and did it right and that i have the proper 50/50 mix.
i couldn't agree more... it's a sad condition of the work force, but the reason we're on here to begin with; ain't nobody going to care for your rig like you will, huh?

I've yet to flush mine, but it's on my short list.. I've got a garage with a machine I trust, and i can stand right there whilst they use it and monitor every action.. the machine can do it in less than an hour, where it will take me (from what I understand) at least five hours to do it right.. it is dang tempting to hook it up..
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