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TheJackal

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1999 Explorer XL 2WD
Had a day off today and the weather was great, so time to get some things done on the good old Ex. :exp:

Didn't do anything major, just oil change, coolant flush, and replaced sway bar links & bushings.

This stuff is pretty much self-explanatory but I took some pics just cause. :p:

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Getting ready to drain the coolant. I bought two of these "Dispos-Oil" containers from Advance Auto. They each hold 3 gallons of liquid.

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This is the old coolant in the system, ready to be drained. The floating metal pieces are from a "Liquid Copper" stop leak product that I put in the system back when I thought I had a major leak, and desperation set in. It's one of a few reasons why I flushed the system.

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Coolant overflow reservoir. Same thing here. Was kind of nasty even before the stop leak got into it.

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Coolant draining out of the radiator. Note the air dam is removed to access the drain. The drain has a nipple for a hose, but I didn't have anything that size. If you back the draincock out too far, it'll flow out of both the drain opening and around the draincock itself. Use a 19mm ratchet to open/close the draincock but don't get carried away; it's plastic.

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I will be using Prestone "Super Flush" today.

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Flushed out all the old coolant with tap water first.

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First two gallons of distilled water and Prestone flushing chemical are in.

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The sway bar, and old links removed.

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Has anyone ever seen a bug like this before? Really strange! I wonder if the smell of antifreeze attracted it?

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Coolant overflow, after flushing. Never seen it this clean before. :cool:

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Getting there...

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Water taken from the last drain before finishing. Unfortunately, I ran out of distilled water, or I would have flushed again. As you can see the water was not completely clear, but it had to do. Next time I will get 2-3 gallons more.

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The last gallon jug compared to ones drained earlier today.

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Getting ready to fill the radiator with 1.5 gallons Motorcraft green coolant, and the rest of the way with distilled water.

I went with Motorcraft coolant because I've found Prestone and the rest to be this "universal" coolant. I was never too sure about this so I looked up about it prior to flushing and found that "universal" coolant isn't actually universal at all. From what I've read Prestone is actually similar to Dex-Cool than it is anything else. Coolant actually has a lot of functions, from corrosion resistance to lubrication properties, and because it's important I stuck with Motorcraft.

According to the Motorcraft application guide, beginning with the 1999 model year, you can choose between using Motorcraft green or yellow extended-life coolant in the system. However you must completely and thoroughly flush the old stuff out before using the other; you cannot mix them. I stuck with the green stuff for now, but may flush again and change to yellow in the future, especially if I buy another Ford vehicle equipped with yellow coolant so I don't have to have 2 different types.

Unfortunately I didn't realize until now that I didn't take any pics of the new sway bar stuff? :scratch: Brain fart there I guess. But it's all in and working nicely. :exp:
 






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