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Old 07-09-2013, 06:25 PM
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Here we go again with another coolant question

I have read many opinion threads regarding coolant flushing; it's OK to drain and refill with Ford Gold; you must flush with VC-9 before refilling with the Gold; you must flush with VC-9 before filling with CAT-1; it's Ok to drain and refill with an ELC without flushing with VC-9, etc., etc. I have the Ford Gold now and my delta is 2*. I definitely don't want to replace an oil cooler any time soon. I already have the new Ford Premium Gold on hand. I was intending to drain the old, flush with distilled water and refill with the Gold, but the more I read , the more uncertain I am. Can anyone offer a definitive reason to support a drain and fill with Gold or replacing the Gold with an ELC without flushing with VC-9?
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The gold coolant is an excellent coolant when monitored properly. I'm sticking with the gold. My deltas are 4-6 I have a coolant filter and change the 1-2 times a year just a simple drain and refill. It's the guys that don't monitor it that have oil cooler issues.
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I agree with SRJD that the ford gold is fine if you maintain it properly. Personally I just didnt want the hassle of checking nitrates but as long as you are willing to stay on top of the maintenance of the gold then you will be fine. When I did my flush, I did not use and of the chemicals. I just use tap water for the first few flushes and distilled for the last few. It worked fine for me.
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I agree that ford gold is ok as long as it is properly maintained. I went with the cat elc for the longer service intervals. Anytime you do a chemical flush you are risking clogging your oil cooler depending on how dirty your system is. You can just flush with distilled water and refill.
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Went to the Ford dealer in the next town and had the cooling system vacuumed out and machine flushed twice with distilled water and filled with new Gold. I furnished the Gold and the distilled water and they did it for $85. The old Gold looked pretty good, no gunk. Degas bottle is clean. I'm going to order some test strips and check what I've got now and at every oil change. Delta is still 2*.
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