I know that the 2006 Explorer takes orange Dexcul radiator coolant. I am wondering if there is another color that I can also use? I heard about some California law that made the new coolant change to a yellow color to make it more eco friendly. What's the real story? Has the color changed for is there another coolant that will now work? Thanks Tyrone
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Re: Coolant color for 2006 Explorer
Explorers do not take dexcool usually the cap shows the coolant used if it shows the coolant in black it is green coolant if it shows yellow it is yellow you should notice that the orange is usually crossed out showing it to not be used
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CAUTION: Do not mix Standard (green) Coolant with Extended Life Coolant (orange). If mixing occurs, drain engine cooling system and refill with originally equipped coolant type. If this contamination occurs the service change interval on Extended Life Coolant will be reduced from 6 years/150,000 miles to 3 years/30,000 miles.
what is wrong with the trans? i would start with checking your coolant in radiator and overflow bottle. let truck cool off and check coolant. make sure its nice and clean and green in color. not milky white. start there and let me know. we have seen radiator issues where coolant mixes with trans fluid and destroys trans. other than that those transmissions are pretty bullet proof. if your coolant is milky color, then that is a big problem. you will need new trans and radiator replaced. and to answer your question, the solenoid pack is inside of the transmission bolted to the valve body. you will need to open the unit from the bottom and replace solenoid pack.start with checking coolant first.
In engine compartment, find the coolant resevoir, usually on the passenger side, looks like a squarish plastic jug. The cap will be labeled. Sometimes the cap will tell you what type of coolant. If not, open resevoir and look at coolant color. It will either be green or orange. Get proper color of 50/50 coolant at parts store, the clerk there can give you the proper type you ask for.
Putting the wrong color coolant in will not hurt anything, but, the coolant might turn brown if you mixed green and red/orange, flush the system and put green coolant in, it's fine for your car, and yes it sounds like the water pump might be leaking, replace the thermostat at the same time.
Let me guess...When the temp gauge goes hot, the heater goes cold, and vice versa? Check your coolant level first in the radiator (when the engine is COLD) and also in the overflow reservoir. ONLY use a 50/50 mix of coolant and water, using the same COLOR coolant that is already in the radiator (if it's green, buy green, if it's orange/red, buy orange/red). Next thing to have checked/replaced is the thermostat which is inside the cooling system of the engine. Finally, and the most expensive, have the water pump checked/replaced.
I would put my money on low coolant level in the radiator. As the engine heats up, the coolant will "surge" through the system as the water pump tries to **** air through the system due to low coolant level. If the coolant isn't flowing, the heat can't escape the engine block and it starts to overheat.
Be sure the right coolant is in the car, orange colored Dexcool. I fthats good, then replace the coolant level sensor, in the right tank of the radiator. near the headlight. Of some cars its easier to replace the sensor if you take the headlight out.
The coolant was boiling, am I correct in reading that? A muddy, dull orange color is bad. From what you've told me, it sounds like the coolant was never changed. What happened, then, is the coolant that was in there lost its anti-corrosion properties and started rusting out the coolant paths and radiator. The boiling over can be caused by one thing - the thermostat. What most likely happened is either the thermostat froze up or it is clogged with particles of rust and metal. My recommendation to you is to take your car to a radiator shop and have them look at it. If the damage is as bad as I think it is, don't be surprised if they tell you you will need a new radiator, thermostat, hoses and maybe a water pump.
Radiator Removal & Installation 2002-2004 Ford Escapes should be filled with Motorcraft Premium Gold Engine Coolant or equivalent (yellow color). Always fill the cooling system with the same coolant that is present in the system. Do not mix coolant types. NOTE: Do not add/mix orange-colored Motorcraft Specialty Orange Engine Coolant. Mixing coolants can degrade the coolant’s protection. NOTE: The addition of Motorcraft Cooling System Stop Leak Pellets VC-6 darkens Motorcraft Premium Gold Engine Coolant from yellow to golden tan. Used engine coolant should be disposed of in an appropriate manner. Follow your community’s regulations and standards for recycling and disposing of automotive fluids. CAUTION Never remove the pressure relief cap under any conditions while the engine is operating. Scalding coolant and steam will cause damage to the cooling system, engine and will result in personal injury. Wait until the engine has cooled. The coolant should be recovered in a clean container for reuse. If the coolant is contaminated, it must be recycled or disposed of correctly. Note that only about 80% of coolant capacity is recovered with the engine in the vehicle. Dirty, rusted or contaminated coolant requires replacement. To Remove:
With the engine and cooling system cold (ambient temperature), release the pressure in the cooling system by slowly turning the pressure relief cap one half turn counterclockwise. When the pressure is released, remove the pressure relief cap. Drain the cooling system. Both the 2.0L Zetec and 3.0L (4V) engines have drains at the bottom of the radiators.
Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Remove the lower splash shields.
If equipped with a 2.0L Zetec engine, disconnect the lower radiator hose and the degas bottle return hose.
If equipped with a 3.0L (4V) engine, disconnect the lower radiator hose, the high pressure transmission line (hose) and the degas return hose.
Remove the lower center support bolt.
Lower the vehicle.
If equipped with a 2.0L Zetec engine, disconnect the remaining coolant hose connections.
If equipped with a 3.0L (4V) engine, disconnect the transmission return line and the upper radiator hose and degas supply hose.
On all vehicles, remove the fasteners and position the hood latch out of the way, then unbolt the center support. Remove the top two bolts holding the cooling fan to the radiator.
Remove the upper radiator support brackets and remove the radiator from the vehicle.