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Old 03-27-2010
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2007 Rebuild: Coolant Problem

So guys...Ive recently purchased a 2007 with the 2.3 and auto tranny. It is salvage, just got back from the frame shop, and Ive just finished reassembling it so I can paint it monday. One problem. Guy at the frame shop had to drain all the coolant to replace the core support. Ive ran into a little trouble. I picked up a gallon of coolant, and Some distilled water. Went ahead and after reassembling everything, decided to go ahead and fill the system. The problem? My system calls for the Gold or yellow colored antifreeze, and I did not know this until i looked at the manual. After I realized this, I ran to the garage to drain it, because I had put in green. The truck was not ran for over 5 minutes with the green coolant in. I went ahead and flushed it, and its draining as I type. Do you all think I did any damage? Peace
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green's fine. the gold/yellow is like a long life coolant with bigger change intervals. According to Ford and my local Ford service and parts department that is....when I did my motor swap this past summer.
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im sure you didnt hurt anything from what ive read online ford gold can be mix with green they both have the same chemicals in them gold has a longer service interval because it has more additives how ever if you hade a gm product you can not mix coolants ie. dexcool and green because the dexcool is silicate base while the green stuff is glycol based and never ever ever run dexcool in somthing thats not supposed to take it contains a organic acid and will eat your **** up

imo if you truck came with gold use gold if it came with green use green personaly i would stay away from the any make any model crap because it has to have to somedegree some acid crap in it for gm's

only place i know of to get actual ford gold coolant is from a ford dealership
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Thanks guys. Its coming together great, Ill be sure to post pics.
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I wouldn't bother getting ford coolant from ford. They want 50 bucks up here for a jug of coolant. I can get the same stuff down the street for 13. It just doesn't say motorcraft.
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Nothing wrong with the good old green coolant in there. You can use the yellow stuff too, just stay away from the orange GM Dexcool.
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You're fine using the regular stuff as said above.

Really, you can use whatever you want as long as it's flushed out before. Even Dexcool is fine, it won't hurt anything... it's actually better for aluminum parts. They are both glycol based. Whatever you use make sure you mix it with distilled water, not tap water. Tap water has minerals in it that you don't want in your cooling system. Tap water is hardest on aluminum parts. All the long life coolants have organic acids as corrosion inhibitors that last longer than the silicates and phosphates in the regular green stuff. It is the organic acids that will destroy the silicates in the green coolant leaving you with little to no corrosion protection.

I've looked into this before... lol
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