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ddderek
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Cooling System Flush

Post by ddderek » Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:21 pm

Well I've searched the forum pretty thoroughly and found no threads on changing the Gold Antifreeze in the cooling system that is supposed to be changed at 100,000 miles... What's anyone doing for this?

1) What mileage intervals are you changing it at?

2) I haven't looked hard but is there a drain in the radiator like most cars used to have?

3) Is the only place to fill through the coolant resevoir? I see no caps on the radiator...
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Re: Cooling System Flush

Post by GenoS » Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:36 pm

Had mine changed (dealer) at 100,000 and 200,000 miles. Car now has 204,000 and is running strong. No cooling issues whatsoever.
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Re: Cooling System Flush

Post by ddderek » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:01 pm

Wow, 200,000 on a Ford 500? What year?
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Re: Cooling System Flush

Post by GenoS » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:02 am

It is a 2005 SEL AWD. I purchased it new and have had all service done at the dealer. It has been a great car. I'd like to see if I can get 400,000 on it. :-)
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Re: Cooling System Flush

Post by ddderek » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:24 pm

GenoS wrote:It is a 2005 SEL AWD. I purchased it new and have had all service done at the dealer. It has been a great car. I'd like to see if I can get 400,000 on it. :-)
How many times have you had the top engine mount changed?

Have you stayed with the stock one or used one of the alternate cheaper methods that other folks have tried?
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Re: Cooling System Flush

Post by GenoS » Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:16 am

Never had a problem with the engine mount. It is original.
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Re: Cooling System Flush

Post by ddderek » Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:30 am

Back to the original question... Anyone do their own cooling system flush? Any details to pass along?
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Re: Cooling System Flush

Post by donrautter » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:55 am

GenoS wrote:Never had a problem with the engine mount. It is original.
hi,that is really great, have u ever changed the novamat self leveling rear struts,they are expensive, about 300.00 retail ea. at the dealer? thanks for your time the self leveling rear struts are standard on '05 and some early '06 five hundreds AWD which is what i have just hit 44k runs great. OH do your tires have premature wear on the inside esp. the right rear, thanks

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Re: Cooling System Flush

Post by ddderek » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:10 pm

donrautter wrote:
GenoS wrote:Never had a problem with the engine mount. It is original.
hi,that is really great, have u ever changed the novamat self leveling rear struts,they are expensive, about 300.00 retail ea. at the dealer? thanks for your time the self leveling rear struts are standard on '05 and some early '06 five hundreds AWD which is what i have just hit 44k runs great. OH do your tires have premature wear on the inside esp. the right rear, thanks
Don, there's another thread about the struts... and as for the tire wear, another thread about wheel bearings and folks were mutually saying that that right rear wheel bearings were going bad? Coincidence? Maybe, but maybe that's the cause of your tire wear? I have 89K on mine... second set of tires, even wear all around on both sets...

FYI when wanting info different from the thread topic, look for a thread pertaining to your new question and you are more likely to get more info regarding it there. You can subscribe to any thread you post in and that sends you an email when there is a new post in that thread...

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Re: Cooling System Flush

Post by Edsel II » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:21 am

I'm a bit anal retentive about maintenance. Replaced my coolant at 60k. There's a drain at the bottom of the radiator, white plastic plug. Can't recall what side, but it's easy to spot. Refill is through the reservoir. If I recall, there might be a removable plastic nut near the water pump to "burp" the cooling system.

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Re: Cooling System Flush

Post by ddderek » Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:54 pm

Edsel II wrote:I'm a bit anal retentive about maintenance. Replaced my coolant at 60k. There's a drain at the bottom of the radiator, white plastic plug. Can't recall what side, but it's easy to spot. Refill is through the reservoir. If I recall, there might be a removable plastic nut near the water pump to "burp" the cooling system.
This is a good start Edsel, did you use any "flush" cleaner in between the old and new antifreeze?

I really need to do this to my 2008 Sable, as it belonged to an older couple who did not drive it much... I got it with only 28,000 on it and it's 6 years old. The Anti-freeze looks dark, maybe rusty in the reservoir so I need to change it but am wondering about issues with using a flush system? Or does anyone have any other good ideas to flush the engine?
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Re: Cooling System Flush

Post by Edsel II » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:56 am

I didn't use any flush - just Prestone and distilled water, and mixed them to a 50/50 solution. I typically get the car warm, and unscrew the radiator drain, then keep a hose going into the coolant reservoir, and when only clean water comes out, let it drain and refill with the new stuff.

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