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Old 05-29-2019, 03:47 PM   #1
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Engine Coolant

I have a 2014 Focus SE Hatchback. Today, I noticed my coolant is a little low (I checked it while the engine was cool).

1.) Are you supposed to check the coolant while running or after allowing it to cool? This isn't very clear in the manual.

2.) If you are supposed to check it after allowing it to cool, my coolant level is low
(below min mark). I have no clue exactly what coolant is in there, as I just purchased this vehicle back in February. It is orange, so it could possibly be the factory coolant.

Could I just top it off with the recommended coolant specified in the owner's manual, or is that coolant different from the factory coolant?


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Old 05-29-2019, 04:05 PM   #2
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Yes, top it off with the Motorcraft orange coolant specified in the manual. It's the same as factory. Mine has always dropped just a bit below the MIN line (when cool) and stopped there, so I stopped topping it off.
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Do you know if there is somewhere I can get less than a gallon of this coolant? I don't really want to spend $20 for a gallon when I definitely don't need that much.
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I don't think you can get less than a gallon. If you bring it to a dealer for an oil change, they'd probably top it for you. Buy the gallon and put it on a shelf for later.
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You can get it for a little less if you buy GM dex cool orange, it is the same as Motorcraft orange and easier to locate. I'd reccomend buying it in the 50/50 premix so you can just pour and go. When I got my 15 focus with 35k miles, it was at the min mark as well, I topped it off to the max mark and its stayed there for the past month. My old 12 focus would sit at the min mark regardless of how often I filled it until I discovered a crack in the reservoir tank as well as in the coolant hose just past the plastic Y connector. That hose with Y is long and all one piece and expensive. I cut a long piece from a junkyard focus and was able to remove the piece that was leaking by carefully cutting the factory crimping at the plastic Y connector and resecuring with a radiator hose clamp.

I had to replace my reservoir twice with junkyard parts. They get brittle from the heat I guess. I tried an aftermarket oem one from ebay to save a few bucks but the oem cap wouldn't fit correctly. I also replaced the cap with a new oem one since it's pretty cheap and another potential source of leaking. I ended up putting a reservoir from a 16 on my 12 focus (the second replacement) and noticed the cap went on and off easy, same with my 15 focus. The factory reservoir on my 12 was difficult to unscrew and screw back on all the way, even with a new cap.
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You can get it for a little less if you buy GM dex cool orange, it is the same as Motorcraft orange and easier to locate. I'd reccomend buying it in the 50/50 premix so you can just pour and go. When I got my 15 focus with 35k miles, it was at the min mark as well, I topped it off to the max mark and its stayed there for the past month. My old 12 focus would sit at the min mark regardless of how often I filled it until I discovered a crack in the reservoir tank as well as in the coolant hose just past the plastic Y connector. That hose with Y is long and all one piece and expensive. I cut a long piece from a junkyard focus and was able to remove the piece that was leaking by carefully cutting the factory crimping at the plastic Y connector and resecuring with a radiator hose clamp.

I had to replace my reservoir twice with junkyard parts. They get brittle from the heat I guess. I tried an aftermarket oem one from ebay to save a few bucks but the oem cap wouldn't fit correctly. I also replaced the cap with a new oem one since it's pretty cheap and another potential source of leaking. I ended up putting a reservoir from a 16 on my 12 focus (the second replacement) and noticed the cap went on and off easy, same with my 15 focus. The factory reservoir on my 12 was difficult to unscrew and screw back on all the way, even with a new cap.
I'll second the Prestone Dex-Cool suggestion. From what I've read Prestone makes the orange coolant for Ford... and its the exact same as the Dex-Cool. $18 at Walmart or most parts stores.
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I don't think you can get less than a gallon. If you bring it to a dealer for an oil change, they'd probably top it for you. Buy the gallon and put it on a shelf for later.
Just started seeing half gallon sizes of coolant on the shelves at Wal-mart - not all varieties though.
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