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Old 08-16-2004, 04:59 PM   #1
 
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More coolant trouble.

I bought my Focus used. It has a 2.0 zetec engine. I noticed that my coolant is below the minimum line. There is still a lot in there, but since it is below the line I figured I should fill it up.

The color of the coolant is orange, so I looked in my owner's manual to see what type it is. The owner's manual says my car should either have green or gold coolant. It also says in bold "Do not mix Orange Coolant with factory coolant etc". I bought the car used four months ago and it came with orange coolant.

So now I'm wondering if I should have the coolant flushed and stick with green or gold, or just continue using the orange coolant. I went to the Ford Dealership near me and told them I had orange coolant in my Focus and he didn't make any big deal about it and I bought some Motorcraft Extended Life Orange coolant [even though the bottle says it is for the Mercury Cougar and Ford Electric vehicles]. I asked him if that was okay and he said yes.

So...to summarize.

Should I just keep using the orange coolant?

or

Should I get the coolant flushed and use the brands mentioned in the owner's manual?

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you better change that "V" to a "Z" real fast!!!

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Either/Or....

If the dealership said it's fine to use the Orange stuff, stick with it.

If it feels better to go and do a flush, do that and go back to green, it's not going to harm anything but your wallet to flush it.
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now, to answer your question....

running orange is fine, BUT you need to be sure that the coolant that's in there is completely orange and not mixed with green. mix the orange stuff with the green stuff and you get sludge!

hopefully, whoever owned the car before you had the coolant flushed before they made the switch. to be safe, i would flush it anyway and then just run whatever you want. the orange stuff is supposed to have better cooling properties.

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you better change that "V" to a "Z" real fast!!!

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Yeah I just caught that also.....lol
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^^^like they said...ive seen the orange extended life coolant mixed with standard coolant and they end up causing overheating..if your car is not overheating i wouldnt worry..but since it is used and you need peace of mind..buy a can of radiator flush..pour it in ..run it for 20min..drain it out and flush with fresh water..and fill back up with orange crap..i wouldnt go with green since orange is in their now incase some gets left behind...plus the orange is the longest lasting coolant you can buy..100,000 mile crap..hope that helps ...let us know what u end up doin mikey
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Read the bottle, nearly ALL new orange antifreeze says right on the front that it is compatible for mixing with any other types. orange, green, yellow or whatever. If you're really concerned with it, flush it out and put in just one type. I mix orange with green every day at work, if it says its ok on the bottle, its ok. good luck

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I'd just flush it and restart, you never know what is in there from the previous owner.
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Read the bottle, nearly ALL new orange antifreeze says right on the front that it is compatible for mixing with any other types. orange, green, yellow or whatever. If you're really concerned with it, flush it out and put in just one type. I mix orange with green every day at work, if it says its ok on the bottle, its ok. good luck

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read the bottle closer. you can mix it with just about any other color BUT GREEN! talk to any mechanic, esp. one who works at a dealer w/ cars that use the newer coolants. green+anything other than green = sludge!

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Bottle says on front "compatible to mix with any other antifreeze on the market." Some may not, some of the newer products do. Read your products, or just flush and fill. Never hurts to flush and fill.

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