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Old 11-10-2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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Putting anti-freeze in my radiator

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I have a 2001 focus and my family have been badgering me to put some anti freeze in my radiator since winter is right around the corner. We're not sure what's in it at the minute because we've only had the car for 4 months... I've searched the web but I'm not sure if I need to fully drain my system or just 'top it off'. At the minute all I have is the anti-freeze concentrate and the de-ionized water.

Could anyone give me some advice? Thanks


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Old 11-10-2012, 08:48 PM   #2
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you can un plug it from where it connects into the thermostat. and if greenish fluid comes out you got anti freeze allready in it. or the coolant tank on the passenger side of the engine bay should be clear enough for you to see the color of the fluid in there
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you can un plug it from where it connects into the thermostat. and if greenish fluid comes out you got anti freeze allready in it. or the coolant tank on the passenger side of the engine bay should be clear enough for you to see the color of the fluid in there
Thanks. If i do need to put some in what should i do?
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let it all drain out when you unplug from the thermostat. then plug it back in and simply fill up the resevior with coolant leave the lid off start the car let it run for bout five mins and top off as needed
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:46 PM   #5
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Let me start off by sayig WELCOME to FF. Now that you are here you won't leave. There is a TON of knowledge here, and friendly people.

There should be a drain peacock on the bottom of your radiator that is made to drain all the fluid out. It's a lot easier then pulling a hose.

Well it's there on an 06 and a LOT of other vehicles I have dealt with.
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Yes drain it from the drain plug on the lower driver side of the Radiator. If you just pull a hose from the t-stat your only half draining it.
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What Sleepy said. Drain is on bottom right side of radiator(driver side). Get on ground and use a flat head screw driver and slowly unscrew it. Be ready to move cuz it'll start pouring out once you get it all the way undone. Be sure to open overflow tank. Boom, now you are mostly drained.
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How do you refill system with coolant? Through coolant reservoir? What about venting cooling system of trapped air? Is there a vent at high point of cooling system?
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Refill through the coolant tank, leave the cap off, let the car warm up to temperature to burp any of the air out.
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