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I did a search but didn't find any posts that answer my questions.

The Ford maintenance schedule says to change the Premium Gold coolant after 5 years. The service instructions I found on the Ford web site say to just drain the radiator and refill. Does anyone know what percentage of the coolant gets drained this way? Does the V-10 have drain plugs to allow the block to be drained? The Ford info doesn't mention any.

I know that I need to use the correct coolant and want to do what should be a simple job myself.

Any experience in changing the coolant for this engine would be appreciated.


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Posted: 01/31/09 12:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here ya go

http://www.ehow.com/video_1861_change-radiator-fluid.html


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Well that little video is very good... 8-) I agree about not needing to flush, or remove block drain plugs, etc.. Unless coolant changes have been neglected, etc.

Do check the condition of the radiator hoses.

Watch your kids/dog/other pets do not drink the fluid.. 8-)

Also, after doing the coolant change and you take the vehicle for a drive watch the heat gauge. If it goes to high you need to stop right away and re-burp the radiator as there is an air pocket in the cooling system..


Picture of a V10's radiator drain cock. Found on the passenger side, the drain cock usually looks pretty much like this. Do not be rough on the plastic drain cock. Open just enough to allow fluid to drain from the radiator. Remember, righty tighty, lefty loosey!



If you find that you want to pull the block drain plugs, the block drain plugs are 3/8'' hex head pipe plugs on each side of the block.



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* This post was edited 01/31/09 01:04pm by BillArf *





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1, I would go by manufacturer as when to change. You can go few years. The video said one.
2, Never fill to top. If filled to top, a- If it burps it will push some out. b- When it warms it will expand and over flow. Most if not all newer vehicles have plastic side tanks that show where fluid should be when cold and when cold.

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Dusty R wrote:

1, I would go by manufacturer as when to change. You can go few years. The video said one.
2, Never fill to top. If filled to top, a- If it burps it will push some out. b- When it warms it will expand and over flow. Most if not all newer vehicles have plastic side tanks that show where fluid should be when cold and when cold.


I will usually fill about 3/4 or so, start the engine and let her burp, burp and add fluid little by little. Until she is say an inch down. Adding fluid while the engine is running will pretty much asure there is no air pocket in the system. After all settles down I make sure the fluid level is correct.

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BillArf wrote:

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....Watch your kids/dog/other pets do not drink the fluid....


You must go beyond that and consider the effect of ethylene glycol on wildlife and other aspects of the environment as well.

While used antifreeze alone is not listed as a hazardous waste by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) it is considered to be a hazardous waste under the environmental regulations of many states and municipalities. It is no longer permissible, or responsible, to flush your radiator onto the ground, down the gutter, or into municipal sewer systems or storm drains.

Ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in most automotive antifreeze, is poisonous if ingested. In the environment it will eventually biodegrade into carbon and water. Thus, unused antifreeze presumably does not pose a serious long-term threat to water quality. However, used antifreeze often becomes contaminated through use. Some used antifreeze may have contaminants such as lead, benzene and other hazardous materials, which make it a hazardous waste and which have the propensity to leak into the aquifer and contaminate groundwater.

Used antifreeze must be managed in a way that does not adversely affect human health or environment or create a public nuisance. Do not dispose of antifreeze in septic systems, down storm drains, in streams or on the ground. Those days are over!!

I used to drain my coolant systems, in all my vehicles, into a container which I would then take to either automotive supply stores or a local government waste management site. Even this has become too much of a hassle and, as of late, and I would rather take to a professional garage or other servicing site and pay to have it done. They have the equipment to capture the hazardous waste and the contracts to have it picked up and disposed of properly.


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My 4.2L has 1.75g in the radiator and 2.45g in the block. DW's 3.6L has 0.75g in the radiator and 1.65g in the block. Our 460 in the RV has 3g in the radiator and 3g in the block.
My point is that you may want to consider draining your V10, as I suspect at least half the coolant is in the block. I thoroughly flushed mine last year then added concentrate (not 50/50) to achieve a 50% concentration, which was checked with a refractometer (very accurate).

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I am taking my 2005 F350 V10 in this week Ford dealer gave me a price of $125.00 to flush and refill.


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If you do it yourself I would rcommend only filling with 50/50 premix or using only distilled water to mix with the new coolent.


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Thanks for the good advice. It's warm here today so I crawled under to locate the block drain plugs. Found both but the one on the passenger side is pretty much inaccessible as it is behind a motor mount bracket. A 5/16" hex key fit the other one. The owner's manual says that the coolant system holds 30 quarts so I've got to save up some bleach bottles to use for recycling. It will be interesting to see how much actually drains out. Pep Boys here takes used antifreeze.

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