I started the car and got it fully warmed up then shut it down and let it cool overnight. Make sure the correct coolant is used. I'll do a write-up soon with my findings about the gasket replacement and flushing the coolant soon. When liquid freezes inside an engine, it expands and could crack parts of the engine. Ford recommends that you use the same Motorcraft coolant with which your vehicle was equipped when it was manufactured. If you still can't tell, it's time to dump it and change it. The discontinued Mercury Cougar was an exception; it did contain an orange coolant similar to DexCool.
Some old tests seemed to suggest they were harmful, but there has been no credible evidence to support that stance on late-model designs with reputable brands of coolant. The only problem is it wont stop leaking out of the cap. Now that we've seen Ford products with orange, it's possible that some of the stuff meant for Chrysler also is being shipped to Ford. According to the 2005 Ford Mustang Owner Guide :The cooling system capacity is 13. Remove the funnel and install the fill plug in the crossover tube.
Mixing Motorcraft Speciality Orange Engine Coolant or any orange-colored extended life product with your factory filled coolant can result in degraded corrosion protection. The cap I have now is the old school one that screws way down and tight and it leaks less with that design. As noted, the thousands of miles required to protect metal is an important trade-off for that longer life. One will be a DexCool formula; the other could be a G-05 extended-life or a conventional American green or gold. In hard water areas, always use de-mineralized water. It is leaking less but when I got back from a long drive it left a trail and a puddle in the drive way.
Or, if it's an older car and the owner wants the lowest-cost radiator, you might procure a soldered-together copper-brass unit. Mixing coolants may degrade the coolant's corrosion protection. I flushed mine and converted to gold. We have in previous articles pointed out that today's coolant inhibitor packages contain a small amount of copper-brass protection, but may provide little protection if a radiator is made with high-lead solder. Apparently, that rust is washed away later by flowing coolant, and is deposited in the heat exchangers.
You should be able to find it on a Google search of 2004 ford cobra mustang coolant capacity, Obviously doing a dry fill is going to be a tall order with block drains and heater core involved. American conventional green coolants use doses of both silicates and phosphates. Wow - I don't know about the 2002, but my manual for 2003 states specifically to only use the yellow stuff. Living in Southern California never having to worry about freezing radiators, I just used distilled water in my 2003 Ford Taurus. Today, the Ford and aftermarket versions have yellow dye-or at least they're supposed to.
We also cover the Ford Ranger, Explorer Sport Trac, Mercury Mountaineer, Lincoln Aviator, Mazda Navajo, Mazda Pickups, and the Aerostar. I don't think the expansion tank should be filled to the brim when done, correct? The engine already has been protected with DexCool unless there's an assembly line change in the works and it's reasonable to install that when you service that engine. I also removed the thermostat and O-ring were in mint condition. Never had problems with the old stock tank. The basic answers to what coolant to use where, and when, are pretty simple, but when you go past that, you're getting into some pretty complex territory. Antifreeze, or coolant, helps to keep your engine at the proper temperature and prevent corrosion.
Buy two of these, and go to the local grocery store and buy two gallons of distilled water. Motorcraft Premium Gold Engine Coolant protects your engine in temperatures as low as minus-34 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 265 degrees Fahrenheit. Isn't DexCool the special coolant, and isn't it orange? G-05 is available in the aftermarket, so that's your choice for extended life on vehicles from those makers. If the green and gold mix, they form mud. I know my V-6 has Gold coolant in it.
Changing the coolant is as important as changing the oil, a must if you live in freezing climates. Here again, it's a no-brainer. If your vehicle came with one of Motorcraft's other coolants, do not use the Premium Gold coolant. However, the rust powder issue is not a problem that was observed with the previously used conventional American coolant. Always fill the cooling system with the same coolant that is present in the system. Start the engine and run for 5 minutes while monitoring the coolant in the funnel.
The experts are still working on it. It's confusing, to say the least. You could probably get away with generic coolant, but why take the chance? So where do I go from here to get this thing filled up correctly? And the Chrysler Group formula has been dyed orange. Apparently, this will help avoid creating a mess of oil and coolant on the garage floor. In real-world evaluations, there's no evidence of any issue, as silicate inhibitors have been used successfully for many decades in all makes of cars.