Discoloured coolant reservoir in AU utes - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
Ford Forum Ford Forum

» Auto Insurance
» Featured Product
ยป Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > The Garage - Tech Forums > Engine Specific Tech > Inline 6 Tech
Register Home Forum Active Topics Photo Gallery Auto Loans Garage Mark Forums Read Auto Escrow

FordForums.com is the premier Ford Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-20-2005, 02:59   #1 (permalink)
Want Roots Blower
 
wokkas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Adelaide
Age: 61
Posts: 120
Discoloured coolant reservoir in AU utes

I'm looking at upgrading my old XF ute to a second hand AU ute on gas (dual fuel).

All the examples I've looked at have a brown stained coolant reservoir. Is this normal with AUs?? I've only looked at 4, all on gas, and they are all brown.

Cheers
__________________
BA XR8. Blood Orange, auto (unfortunately), premium sound, Cat-back stainless Quad exhaust, K&N Filter, front grille kit, Poly-Air rear springs @ 10psi, SS Cold Air Intake.
222.0 RWKWs.
VTR1000F Bike (0-100 in 2.5 seconds)
XH ute. 5 speed, dual fuel.
wokkas is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-20-2005, 03:31   #2 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Age: 65
Posts: 120
Re: Discoloured coolant reservoir in AU utes

It's more a testament to poor cooling system maintenance more than anything. If the coolant had been changed regularly in the past and kept clean and fresh, you would probably have a better looking surge tank.
fordboy98 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2005, 05:27   #3 (permalink)
Got my 3.45 LSD!
 
AU dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: NSW Australia
Posts: 214
Re: Discoloured coolant reservoir in AU utes

yea my au has the same discolouring and its done 100k. most au's over about 70k do have it, and if u dont like the colouring go to ur local ford dealer and buy one brand new.
AU dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2005, 17:47   #4 (permalink)
Fed
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 23
Re: Discoloured coolant reservoir in AU utes

Put your finger in & wipe up some of the brown stuff, then tell the seller it has a head gasket problem & offer him at least $2000 less.
Fed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2005, 22:28   #5 (permalink)
Want Roots Blower
 
wokkas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Adelaide
Age: 61
Posts: 120
Re: Discoloured coolant reservoir in AU utes

Ha ha ha. I like the sounds of that.

Two of the utes have had the radiators replaced with copper ones, after the factory aluminium one failed. This sounds like a pretty common occurance....Ahh well.

I reckon when I get one I might give the cooling system a flush out and soak the surge tank in bleach or caustic soda or something. What sort of coolant do yo use? I use genuine Ford concerntrate in my XR8, but that's $15 for a 500ml bottle that only waters down to a litre. I'd rather something a bit cheaper that I can buy from Super Cheap, or something......

Any suggestions?

Cheers
__________________
BA XR8. Blood Orange, auto (unfortunately), premium sound, Cat-back stainless Quad exhaust, K&N Filter, front grille kit, Poly-Air rear springs @ 10psi, SS Cold Air Intake.
222.0 RWKWs.
VTR1000F Bike (0-100 in 2.5 seconds)
XH ute. 5 speed, dual fuel.
wokkas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2005, 13:02   #6 (permalink)
Registered User
 
LOWAU's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Age: 31
Posts: 72
Re: Discoloured coolant reservoir in AU utes

Quote:
Originally Posted by wokkas
Ha ha ha. I like the sounds of that.

Two of the utes have had the radiators replaced with copper ones, after the factory aluminium one failed. This sounds like a pretty common occurance....Ahh well.

I reckon when I get one I might give the cooling system a flush out and soak the surge tank in bleach or caustic soda or something. What sort of coolant do yo use? I use genuine Ford concerntrate in my XR8, but that's $15 for a 500ml bottle that only waters down to a litre. I'd rather something a bit cheaper that I can buy from Super Cheap, or something......

Any suggestions?

Cheers
I wouldn't risk on saving on cooling for an inline 6, might get a headgasket problem later down the track. The brown stains are probably due to someone adding water to the tank instead of coolant.

I have taken my car to ford for cooling flushes, and the tank is still looks new with green coolant.

I saw genuine coolant concerntrate for around $50 for a 5 litre container, not sure on how many litres it makes. it will probley do the whole system and a bit more.
LOWAU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2006, 18:32   #7 (permalink)
Registered User
 
sleeper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: melton , vic
Age: 47
Posts: 49
Re: Discoloured coolant reservoir in AU utes

Head Gasket Or Like The Others Said Unpure Water , I Have A Filter Jug At Home I Use Just For My Au , Nice Clean Water Anytime , Cheaper In The Long Run Than Buying Bottles Of Distilled Water From Parts Shop .
sleeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > The Garage - Tech Forums > Engine Specific Tech > Inline 6 Tech



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 19:28.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.