What automobile industry specifications do your antifreezes meet or exceed? This ensured no green coolant was left behind. The Haynes Manual for our Explorers lists the Motorcraft Green and Gold colored coolants to use, but doesn't say which one goes with what engine. Anyway, now I have what I need. Seems like green Prestone should be fine and should meet Ford specs but why bother with it if you don't know for sure. I didn't mean to fill the entire system with water, just top off what you already have. Make sure the correct coolant is used.
I'm not worried about where it is, just looking for a compatible substitute, if I need it in the future. The cold range lines upper and lower are one inch apart. How did we get a simple and coherent standard for oil, while coolant is a no-man's land with dozens of different specs? It provides exceptional cooling in summer and excellent protection against freezing in the winter. I also used a cooling system refill tool. I've Googled the above number, and found statements about yellow and green coolants. I'm convinced that gold coolant is not the way to go.
You can add just water and you will still be well within Ford's specifications. This product protects coolant system metals, including heat-rejecting aluminum, against pitting caused by cavitation and corrosion. The use of an improper coolant may harm engine and cooling system components and may void the warranty. That's what I used in wife's Mariner when I flushed it last year. I like to have proper fluids on hand so I understand where you are coming from, but topping off that little bit with distilled water would be perfectly fine as mentioned.
How did we get a simple and coherent standard for oil, while coolant is a no-man's land with dozens of different specs? Not a problem at all. Those designations don't reflect the coolant industry, they reflect how Ford likes to label things. . It was like that when I brought the Flex home from the dealer. The cold range lines upper and lower are one inch apart. The green only lasts 2 years at best.
I have two unopened gallons of Prestone antifreeze yellow jug which do not have any compliance specs on the label. She brought back the concentrated version and then had to get someone else to help her. Flushing the coolant and refilling was the final step of the process. Since my vehicle has 130K+ miles on it and I've never changed the coolant out dumb, dumb, dumb I figure now's a good time to do it. I assume Ford intended for us to refill the system by pouring in the new 50-50 mix into the reservoir and let it suck it in since there is no radiator cap on a 2002 Explorer.
What happened in the coolant industry to have such goofy designations? Notice I didn't say expansion tank. I'm getting ready to change the leaking gasket on my oil filter adapter and I understand that since coolant runs through it to help cool the oil that you should drain the coolant prior to removing the adapter. Collect them all and win a prize. If the green and gold mix, they form mud. I consulted my Owner's Guide and it says the coolant for my vehicle is Motorcraft Premium Engine Coolant green-colored or Motorcraft Premium Gold Engine Coolant yellow-colored. I pulls an almost complete vacuum on the system using compressed air then has a hose that goes to your new buckets of antifreeze.
The stuff I've got is yellow-green, but not St. He told me it will cause problems. The cold range lines upper and lower are one inch apart. It was like that when I brought the Flex home from the dealer. You're in Florida, you don't need freeze protection, just top it up with distilled water! No need to add water. I didn't use a refill tool or a flush kit.
Even though it says it does on their website I read somewhere where that comment on their website has to do with their product many years ago but may not hold true today. You can add just water and you will still be well within Ford's specifications. The gold lasts over 5 years. So, at a minimal your coolant must meet the older formulation. He said they started using that antifreeze in the 2011 and newer. FirstTimeFord wrote:I understood what you meant topping it off , but I would like to keep it at the same strength. I flushed mine and converted to gold.
I was attempting to go by the information on Prestone's website, but of course they aren't showing the same jug I bought a few years ago, and further muddy the overflow tank with 'yellow' and 'green' for a product that's really kinda both. For anyone who's planning on doing a complete flush, I'd stick with the Motorcraft. I'm not worried about where it is, just looking for a compatible substitute, if I need it in the future. On the tax issue, we in New York do pay state income taxes, although I am state income tax exempt for having been a state worker. However, what the heck is the green coolant I'm supposed to put in there? Pick a coolant by the toe. The G-05, Fords yellow coolant, is actually one of the best types you can use. I assume you have to warm it up 15 minutes or so for the thermostat to open before the new coolant is sucked in? Did you find your answer? In a nutshell, new technology and new designs in engines have required new technology and formulation in oil and coolant, so it's all more complicated than it was decades ago.