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Old 07-13-2010, 16:40   #1 (permalink)
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Power steering and coolant flush write-up.

I was looking for the write-ups in the title. Also, can I use oem gold coolant. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 07-13-2010, 17:25   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Power steering and coolant flush write-up.

This is the procedure I used on my truck. Would this work for the car as well? Obviously the coolant capacity would be different.

1) Buy 4 gallons of Ford Premium Gold coolant at dealer. Check SCA levels after 50 k range around 1.4 - 3.0. Stronger SCA levels are harder on the water pump. Dieselmanor sells pack of 4 fleetguard test strips to test SCA levels.

2) Buy 18 gallons of distilled water at local grocery store.

3) Drop lower radiator hose until empty or use drain valve

4) Reconnect hose & clamp and add distilled water to degas bottle until full (3 - 3-1/2 gallons of water).

5) Drive truck until temp guage goes to normal and thermostat opens.

6) Repeat steps #3 through #5 no less than 4 -6 times (depends on distilled water amaount used) - I can't remember, but distilled water is less than .99/gallon?

7) You now have 100% distilled water in you system.

8) Drop lower radiator hose 1 last time, drain and reconnect.

9) Look in manual for your system capacity and for a 50/50% refill of coolant just add the coolant straight into your degas bottle up to the amount that equals a 50/50% concentration. (For my 2003, it was 3.5 gallons of coolant.)

10) Start motor and add distilled water to bring system level to the MIN mark on degas bottle (do not add coolant as you already added 50% of the total capacity of the cooling system).

11) Drive truck around to open thermostat and let cool once or twice to purge any air. May need to add more distilled water (not coolant)... but when done you have flushed your entire system and have a perfect 50/50% concentration of coolant and distilled water!!!!
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Re: Power steering and coolant flush write-up.

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You now have 100% distilled water in you system.
Not if you haven't turned your heater on to high so the heater tap is open so the coolant in the heater core is also removed.
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Re: Power steering and coolant flush write-up.

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Not if you haven't turned your heater on to high so the heater tap is open so the coolant in the heater core is also removed.

That is true and this was not my write up. I did turn on the heater when I did my truck. Also ignore the sca part (for diesel trucks only I believe). This is more of a dilute and drain procedure. I think on the mustang you also have to open the breather vent when you fill it. But not really sure never done it before. I don't think this procedure will result in 100% flush.

To me these would be the concentration levels left of coolant.

Drains:
1 25%
2 12.5%
3 6.25
4 3.1
5 1.5


etc..This would be if the coolant has completely mixed during each drain.

Thanks for the reply M8.
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Re: Power steering and coolant flush write-up.

Got the power steering done. I just did repeated drains on the low pressure side by disconnecting the hose under under the car: IM004935.jpg picture by galexander - Photobucket

I use two quarts of mobile 1 syn atf.

Each time you drain, you get about 1/3 quart out. I repeated this 5-6 times until the fluid was nice and clean. I drove the car a couple of miles between each drain to mix up the atf. I did notice my steering was a little smoother and that the pump got quieter after each drain/fill.

I did get ahold of a ford service cd and had the Cooling System Draining, Filling and Bleeding for my 2001 v6. Here it is for future reference:

Cooling System Draining, Filling and Bleeding

Material
Item
Specification
Motorcraft Premium Engine Coolant
VC-4-A (in Oregon VC-5, in Canada CXC-10) or equivalent
ESE-M97B44-A

Draining
WARNING: Never remove the pressure relief cap while the engine is operating or when the cooling system is hot. Failure to follow these instructions can result in damage to the cooling system or engine or personal injury. To avoid having scalding hot coolant or steam blow out of the degas bottle when removing the pressure relief cap, wait until the engine has cooled, then wrap a thick cloth around the pressure relief cap and turn it slowly. Step back while the pressure is released from the cooling system. When you are sure all the pressure has been released, turn and remove the pressure relief cap (still with a cloth).
CAUTION: The coolant must be recovered in a suitable, clean container for reuse. If the coolant is contaminated it must be recycled or disposed of correctly and replaced.
NOTE: Less than 80 percent of coolant capacity can be recovered with the engine in the vehicle. Dirty, rusty or contaminated coolant requires system flush and replacement. Always flush the system and replace the coolant when installing a new water pump. In the event any hoses are removed, install new appropriately sized worm style clamps in place of the constant tension clamps.
1.Release the pressure in the cooling system by slowly turning the pressure relief cap one half turn counterclockwise or the radiator cap counterclockwise to the first stop. When the pressure is released, remove the pressure relief cap/radiator cap.
2.Place a suitable container below the radiator draincock (8115). If equipped disconnect the coolant return hose at the fluid cooler. Drain the engine coolant.
Close the radiator draincock.

Filling — 3.8L
Both engines
CAUTION: Engine coolant provides freeze protection, boil protection, cooling efficiency and corrosion protection to the engine and cooling components. In order to obtain these protections, the engine coolant must be maintained at the correct concentration and fluid level in the degas bottle.

When adding engine coolant, use a 50/50 mixture of engine coolant and clean, drinkable water.

To maintain the integrity of the coolant and the cooling system:
Add Motorcraft Premium Engine Coolant VC-4-A (in Oregon VC-5, in Canada CXC-10) or equivalent meeting Ford specification ESE-M97B44-A.
Do not add orange-colored extended life coolant such as VC-2 or equivalent, meeting Ford specification WSS-M97B44-D. Mixing coolants may degrade the coolant's corrosion protection.
Do not add alcohol or methanol or any engine coolants mixed with alcohol or methanol antifreeze. These can cause engine damage from overheating or freezing.
Do not mix with recycled coolant unless it meets the requirements of Ford specification ESE-M97B44-A. Not all coolant recycling processes meet this Ford specification; use of such a coolant may harm the engine and cooling system components.
1.Place the heater temperature selector in the maximum heat position.
2. CAUTION: On 3.8L engines, the vent plug must be removed before radiator fill or the engine may not fill completely.
NOTE: It is important to maintain engine coolant concentrate between 40 percent or -24°C (-11°F) and 60 percent or -52°C (-62°F).
Fill the engine cooling system with 50/50 mixture of water and engine coolant.
3.8L engines
3.After filling the engine cooling system, add coolant to the vent until full. Install the vent plug.

Both engines
4.Leave the pressure relief cap off and run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature.
5.Stop the engine and add the correct engine coolant mixture to the degas bottle/coolant expansion tank until the coolant level is between the COOLANT FILL LEVEL marks.
6.Turn the engine off and allow the cooling system to cool. Check the level in the degas bottle/coolant expansion tank, and add a 50/50 mix as needed.
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