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Coolant I' had my explorer serviced and they never changed the coolant supposed to be done after 4 years,I' wonder if it is easy to do by yourself and how

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  • ungerl Oct 14, 2008

    thank you, it sounds easy enough for me to do.

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Hi,

Your post "changed the coolant" would imply partially/completely draining the coolant from the engine, radiator and reservoir. As in most vehicles, there is a drain plug at the bottom of the radiator for this purpose. In some instances, the drain plug would not be easily accessible and other mechanics simply loosen the bottom radiator hose which would serve the same purpose. Cleaning the residue could either be through flushing or low pressure compressed air on the radiator top opening. Coolant in this sense is then a mixture of water and "coolant" which is both anti-rust and anti-freeze and in most cases anti-boil. Depending on your location, weather condition and the specifications as described in your owner's manual, a 50/50 mix is often acceptable or alternately, a coolant gallon and top it off with water. Most Fords of this size would have something like 15 liters of water/coolant mixture inside.

Once done, it is important to bled/purge the air from the system. This could be done easily by running the engine with the radiator cap off and top with water till full.

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Its not too difficult. The is a canister that contains the coolant. Just undo the cap and top up. Be sure you use coolant to the same specs that is already there. If not, you'll have to drain out the old one and top up with completelty new coolant

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    Swilin Sampson Oct 12, 2008

    Open the petcock on the bottom of the radiator, and stick the hose in the top of the water bottle. Run until clear. Start the motor then and run until clear again, then drain and refill with coolant. It'll take a while, but it will work. Make sure you RUN the engine to drain out all the coolant, THEN add full strength coolant...

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