This is the second time I've done this. First one was a metal Fram G15 ran about 100 miles, this is the duralast g15 cross reference to that spliced into my Ford Taurus overflow return line. Less than 100 miles over two weeks of short trips ruined the plastic filter. It was fine until I did some full throttle runs to see if it would implode, it did get very wavy at full load and shortly after the next day the element came loose.
In this short time it loaded the filter good. I might do it again for the quick cleanup.
First picture is the day of the install, rest are of the removal after failure.
No leaks or anything but the filter element came loose and stopped filtering. Maybe it reached its holding capacity but I want to try it again without abusing the throttle and see how long it lasts. Also there's less contamination now that I've run two filters through it.
Going to try the Wix cross reference soon as it looks more robust.
This cooling system seems to be rough on everything. Even after doing a thorough flush two years ago and replacing the dirty overflow tank and cap with a genuine Motorcraft the system is getting dirty again. I thought it was the older style green coolant causing it so it's had Prestone all makes all models in there but it still gets sediment in the tank and floating particles on the surface of the fluid.
Currently the heater core is plugged and I'm not putting much money into this beater.