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#1248180 - 10/02/08 08:10 AM Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0
01rangerxl Offline


Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 8146
Loc: Birmingham, AL
I want to do a basic drain and fill on my truck.

The coolant in it is Ford yellow GO-5.

According to Peak, their Global AMAM antifreeze is okay to use in Fords with the coolant spec WSS-M97B51-A1 (yellow GO-5). BUT, they say it "features a patented non 2-EH formula that is phosphate-free and silicate-free."
http://www.peakantifreeze.com/peak_global_lifetime.html

According to Ford, their vehicles that call for GO-5 need silicates.
http://www.search-autoparts.com/searchau...e/detail/329982

What should I do here? Go on a wild goose chase for correct GO-5, or just use the Peak Global AMAM?

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#1248186 - 10/02/08 08:19 AM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: 01rangerxl]
drewjp Offline


Registered: 05/05/06
Posts: 563
Loc: Michigan
Well, the only place I've seen G-05 recently is at NAPA, or the dealerships ($$)...

I have no idea why PepBoys pulled the Zerex G-05....that is what I relied on.

I stick with G-05 to be safe, for the same reason I won't use a universal ATF when my tranny calls for ATF+4.
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#1248213 - 10/02/08 09:09 AM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: drewjp]
01rangerxl Offline


Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 8146
Loc: Birmingham, AL
NAPA saved the day. It was the first place I went to today, and they had jugs of Zerex GO-5 right there when I walked in the door. It is $15/gal...not too bad for a little more peace of mind.

I went to Advance afterwards just to pick up some general stuff. They didn't even have a designated area for coolant, just some bottles of AMAM 50/50 junk.
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#1248255 - 10/02/08 09:55 AM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: 01rangerxl]
FZ1 Offline


Registered: 02/07/08
Posts: 4192
Loc: Texas
Go get the oem Ford coolant,Geez.

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#1248300 - 10/02/08 10:55 AM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: FZ1]
01rangerxl Offline


Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 8146
Loc: Birmingham, AL
I found the right stuff at NAPA.

I don't know Ford's price, but I'd bet it is in the $20-$25 range for a gallon. Dealers around here do not discount on parts at all.
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#1248379 - 10/02/08 12:23 PM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: 01rangerxl]
01rangerxl Offline


Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 8146
Loc: Birmingham, AL
I got done with the drain & fill. I got over 2 gallons out just from the radiator drain. The whole system has 3.7 gallons in it, so over half of the coolant is fresh now.

The old coolant was in fairly good shape, at least appearance wise. I don't know for sure how old it was. The bill for the 30K service (parents owned it then) shows "SERV COOLING SYSTEM." I don't know if that was a flush, drain & fill or what. No materials are listed for it. The other services, like the transmission service, all had the materials listed with them, so I don't know what to make of it. Either way, the fluid was still a nice transparent yellow without a lot of junk in it.

Hopefully Zerex G-05 will continue to be available for a while. I'm fairly certain that NAPA is the only place around that stocks actual G-05.
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#1248642 - 10/02/08 06:07 PM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: 01rangerxl]
onion Offline


Registered: 02/04/07
Posts: 2097
Loc: kansastan
John Deere dealerships sell it for about $14 per gallon. It doesn't say G-05 on the jug, but that's what it is.

Their version of G-05 is green, of course.

I also saw some Zerex G-05 at Autozone the other day.

Glad to hear that you avoided the all-makes stuff.
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#1248644 - 10/02/08 06:15 PM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: onion]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 7455
Loc: Florida
The last time I needed G-05 coolant, I went to Carquest. They charged $15 per gallon.
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#1248658 - 10/02/08 06:43 PM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: artificialist]
Eric Smith Offline


Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 2700
Loc: Kansas City, KS
I wish others besides Napa would carry it here in KC... no Napa's close. I'm about to shoot off a email to Advanced or O'Reillys.
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#1248670 - 10/02/08 07:02 PM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: Eric Smith]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 7455
Loc: Florida
I have seen many Advance Auto stores, but I never saw G-05 in any of them.

There are no O'Reilys where I live, so I don't know what they have.
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#1248674 - 10/02/08 07:06 PM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: Eric Smith]
01rangerxl Offline


Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 8146
Loc: Birmingham, AL
 Originally Posted By: Eric Smith
I'm about to shoot off a email to Advanced or O'Reillys.

It's worth a shot. Zerex is made by Valvoline. Those stores shouldn't have a problem ordering some, whether they will or not is another matter...
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#1249012 - 10/03/08 08:02 AM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: 01rangerxl]
Eric Smith Offline


Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 2700
Loc: Kansas City, KS
Sent off an email to OReillys this morning. We'll see how they respond. I'd really need to a radiator drop on the Escape and Ranger but I hate driving through all those 15 miles of stop lights to Napa.
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#1251409 - 10/06/08 02:54 PM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: Eric Smith]
JonnyHotcakes Offline


Registered: 02/22/08
Posts: 217
Loc: NY
I've always gone to john deere dealerships. cheaper, same product.
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#1251918 - 10/07/08 07:06 AM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: Eric Smith]
dkcase Offline


Registered: 10/20/02
Posts: 728
Loc: Suburban St. Louis
Here, O'Reilly's had G-05 -- until I decided to convert all my vehicles to it after doing research ( ! ) -- then it disappeared. This was at the time that Prestone All-Makes All Models came out.

Now I get G-05 at Autozone -- at least last time I looked.

Chrysler and Mercedes dealers are sources too; price, I don't know.

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#1252149 - 10/07/08 12:34 PM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: 01rangerxl]
y_p_w Offline


Registered: 05/06/05
Posts: 2689
Loc: SF Bay Area
 Originally Posted By: 01rangerxl
 Originally Posted By: Eric Smith
I'm about to shoot off a email to Advanced or O'Reillys.

It's worth a shot. Zerex is made by Valvoline. Those stores shouldn't have a problem ordering some, whether they will or not is another matter...

Wasn't the G-05 formula developed by BASF? I know BASF sold off the NA rights to the Zerex name to Valvoline years ago. I remember some older BASF commercials (the "We don't make the things you buy. We make them better" ads) showed someone pouring coolant into a radiator or something similar.

http://corporate.basf.com/en/presse/mitteilungen/pm.htm?pmid=3092&id=V00-Q1DuWD.kdbcp3G7

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#1253546 - 10/09/08 08:46 AM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: y_p_w]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 7455
Loc: Florida
I really don't know if it was BASF or not.

What I know is that G-05 is an Ethylene Glycol coolant with Sodium Benzoate and Sodium Silicate corrosion inhibitors. Ordinary green stuff used Phosphates and Silicates.

I figured Sodium Benzoate had existed for so long that the patent expired, meaning anybody could make the stuff without paying certain fees to the inventor.
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#1253589 - 10/09/08 09:45 AM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: artificialist]
Steve S Offline


Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 18449
Loc: East of IGO
Go with the G-O5
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#1253761 - 10/09/08 02:08 PM Re: Too many specs...what to use for 2002 Ranger 3.0 [Re: 01rangerxl]
JayhawkRoy Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 713
Loc: Basehor, KS
 Originally Posted By: 01rangerxl
I found the right stuff at NAPA.

I don't know Ford's price, but I'd bet it is in the $20-$25 range for a gallon. Dealers around here do not discount on parts at all.


When I checked a couple of months ago, Motorcraft Gold was $17.78 at our local Ford dealer, who is known to be on the high side.

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