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Old 10-04-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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Coolant availability?

Opened my hood today to refill my windshield wiper fluid and noticed (no clue why my dealership didn't) my coolant reservoir is well below the minimum line. Checked the guide to see what I was supposed to put in and it's pretty vague other than a 50/50 mixture. I read something about making sure it's orange, but other than that, no clue. What am I supposed to be refilling this with and where am I supposed to buy it? I haven't seen anything close at any of the local auto parts stores.


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Old 10-04-2012, 04:14 PM   #2
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Specs are on pg 372 of the manual (5th printing)
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:26 PM   #3
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Okay, so, VC3B. Any clue where to buy that at other than a Ford dealership or is that the only place? The only antifreeze I can find around here are the "works with all colors" ones and I have no clue if those are okay.
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Opened my hood today to refill my windshield wiper fluid and noticed (no clue why my dealership didn't) my coolant reservoir is well below the minimum line. Checked the guide to see what I was supposed to put in and it's pretty vague other than a 50/50 mixture. I read something about making sure it's orange, but other than that, no clue. What am I supposed to be refilling this with and where am I supposed to buy it? I haven't seen anything close at any of the local auto parts stores.
It might seem like its way down but in actual fact, if you can see it in the res, its only down a cup or so...just top it off with distilled water and you will be fine.If you see its down again in a week or so...you need to see the dealer and get checked for leaks.
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Pretty sure this stuff is like Ford branded dex-cool; I wouldn't recommend messing with it yourself. I tried adding a little "all colors" coolant to my Focus a while back when mine was running a tad low and now there's a nice layer of gunk in the overflow tank. (Luckily not the milkshake type gunk that would indicate a head gasket issue)
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Pretty sure this stuff is like Ford branded dex-cool; I wouldn't recommend messing with it yourself.
Why not just buy it at the dealership?

I agree with the above comment about distilled water. Adding that small of an amount of water won't spoil your mix.
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Orange Gatorade will work just fine.
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Orange Gatorade will work just fine.
Gatorade won't work well at all. Unsure if serious or just trolling.
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Why not just buy it at the dealership?

I agree with the above comment about distilled water. Adding that small of an amount of water won't spoil your mix.
x2. Can probably just buy a jug at the parts counter.
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Never mix coolant types.

You should use Motorcraft® Orange Antifreeze/Coolant Concentrated or Motorcraft® Orange Antifreeze/Coolant Prediluted.

http://www.fordparts.com/Products/Ch...-Coolants.aspx
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