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Radiator fluid cooler?!?!?!?!?!?

in the next few days, i'm going to get my radiator fluid changed, my truck is 4 years old and the stuff has never been touched, so i figure i'd do it as a precaution.

then i saw this stuff on horsepower tv, and was wondering if it's even worth my time, adding to the new fluid...maybe gain a little power? at least keep it cooler.....

what do u think?

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"If it aint broke, don't fix it"

But deff. flush your coolant

I personally wouldnt bother, but thats just my opinion.

But give it a try, shouldnt hurt anything.
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i wouldn't bother with it, but it might work. i like the saying also of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" but then again nothing is broke on my truck and i constantly change it :)

even if it does help i doubt that it would be enough to notice a diff.

also make sure that you use the green anti-freez when you flush yours
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don't buy the stuff on HP TV, you only get HALF since it already premixed, waste of money, I would recomend flushing it, it's really easy if you have the adapter for the hose. If not go to the parts store and pick it up its nice to have.
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The thermostat is what decides what temperature the engine is, it doesn't matter what kind of whiz bang coolant you put in there. As long as your cooling system is working like it is supposed to you'll gain nothing from water wetters, if that's what you are talking about.

I use the premix in the bikes, aluminum doesn't like tap water.
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What Dave said. I got some of that Purple-Ice when I placed my huge Royal Purple order last year and I can tell ya from experiance that it does jack ****. Temps are exactly the same before and after the flush.
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The funny thing is how much you pay for that stuff. You know what it is? Soap. A special soap that is formulated to break down the water surface tension without foaming to help the water make more contact with the metal it is cooling or transferring heat to. None of it matters, if the thermostat isn't open coolant isn't going to the radiator.
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Very interesting Dave.....

So, Royal Purple is essentialy Royal Soap? :D
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Funny thing is that the temp gauge in our trucks aren't accurate so you don't really know if it helps with anything at all.
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Funny thing is that the temp gauge in our trucks aren't accurate so you don't really know if it helps with anything at all.
It's an insult to gauges everywhere, to refer to the items in the Ranger's insturment cluster as gauges.
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Funny thing is that the temp gauge in our trucks aren't accurate so you don't really know if it helps with anything at all.
I have Autometer's
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It's an insult to gauges everywhere, to refer to the items in the Ranger's insturment cluster as gauges.
:p yeah yeah I know I know half of the little reading thingies dont' really work haha
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Funny thing is that the temp gauge in our trucks aren't accurate so you don't really know if it helps with anything at all.
Would you even know if the engine was starting to overheat by the gauge?
My battery was going bad and not holding a charge and the gauge always stayed pointed in the middle, i replaced it with a Optima red, and the needle still points to the same spot as the bad battery
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Again, the gauges on the right-hand side of the cluster in the Ranger ARE NOT GAUGES! They are simply idiot lights in needle form! All they do is show on or off, meaning things are just fine (middle of the range) or completely F'ed (bottom or top of range). More technically they are logic level indicators, showing one position when a certian voltage is applied and another when it is missing.

In fact I read someplace about Ford having a TSB or something for the oil indicator in the Ranger. Basically people were complaining that the indicator always showed low or something. Customers thought their trucks were loosing oil! Ford's 'fix' was a resistor in series w/ the needle to change the position it showed! An <sarcasim>impressive</sarchasim> $3 fix!
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Ford's 'fix' was a resistor in series w/ the needle to change the position it showed! An <sarcasim>impressive</sarchasim> $3 fix!
Ha, I'd have figured they would just take the needle off and move it up, even cheeper! Heck you can set those dumb things to show whatever you want.... cheep bastards
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