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rockafellz
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From: San Lorenzo, CA, USA
Registered: Aug 2001

posted 12-06-2004 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Fellas,

I've got my 2000 Expedition with 55k miles and I haven't changed the coolant yet!! It's never overheated on me, but I figure it's time regardless. Way overdue.

So, I was at the Dealer a while ago and saw this ad that the dealer uses a specific method of changing coolant and that they recommend to have the change at their shop. I'm used to the good old fashion way and I was wondering if I could do that with my truck?

I'm used to draining the radiator, keep the petcock open, run a hose onto the radiator and run the motor, this flushes out the coolant in the block, then I close off the petcock and add a half gallon of coolant, top off the radiator and fill the reservoir to the cold line and i'm done.

Can I do this with my Expedition fellas? I don't wanna do it the wrong way if this dealer is doing it the right way. I'd just pay for it to get done if that was the case.

Thanks in advance.

Erik

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BLstangin
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From: St. James, MN
Registered: Apr 2002

posted 12-06-2004 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BLstangin   Click Here to Email BLstangin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ya, I don't see why you couldn't? On the newer gm's your supposed to take them to a dealer, because the dealer opens a little bleeder on top of the thermostat housing to let the air out, so that's something gm thinks only a dealer can do? I'd do it the way you described. I always mix it 50/50 antifreeze to water though, but I see your in CA so you probably don't need to worry about freezing.

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drag79stang
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From: New Richmond, Wisconsin
Registered: Jul 2002

posted 01-06-2005 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for drag79stang   Click Here to Email drag79stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
IN all honesty, I'd take it to a dealer.
We use a BG flushing machine for the most part.
ON the more inaccessible models, (if there are ways to drain the block @ the block), I do it the old fashioned way. Also back flushing the heater core.
Can't swear that ALL dealerships do it that way, but unless you know the ins and outs of 'that particular' cooling system, the chances of you getting ALL the old coolant out, and getting the right 'mix' into it, (easy to get it too thin, or too thick or a mix), aren't good.

In either case, good luck, have fun.

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