Recent Topics
Dry scratchy throat remedies ?
by Mr Nice
02/20/17 09:12 AM
Swirl marks
by Indy
02/20/17 09:11 AM
GM Diff Lubricant vs The World
by Gasbuggy
02/20/17 08:17 AM
Broken bolts on oil boiler burner
by madRiver
02/20/17 07:56 AM
Priming oil pump
by supton
02/20/17 07:55 AM
change to high milage syn oil at 117,000 on '96 I4
by fred9xx
02/20/17 07:41 AM
Castrol Edge 5w50 ... What could I do with it
by Miller88
02/20/17 07:04 AM
Engine Swap
by bandz7
02/20/17 05:29 AM
SnapOn Line Wrench
by George7941
02/20/17 01:11 AM
Be your own chauffeur for 10 cents on the dollar
by OneEyeJack
02/20/17 12:39 AM
looking for a crusier
by bowlofturtle
02/20/17 12:16 AM
Two month mini-review of my MacBook Pro
by redhat
02/20/17 12:06 AM
Redline 5W-40 vs 5W-30 for 2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7
by Patrick_C
02/19/17 11:39 PM
Do you think Toyota is on to something?
by OneEyeJack
02/19/17 11:17 PM
Is this Vinyl siding crack dangerous?
by maverickfhs
02/19/17 09:56 PM
Thoughts on MS HM and M1 HM
by car51
02/19/17 09:27 PM
E85 affects on Oil
by Mathew_Boss
02/19/17 09:27 PM
Why would anyone use 10w-30 when 5w-30 same price?
by EscapeVelocity
02/19/17 08:52 PM
540 Rat Blog - QSUD better than Mobil 1
by CapitalTruck
02/19/17 07:53 PM
Recommendations for atf fluid in '02 Focus ZX5.
by D Hill
02/19/17 07:51 PM
Newest Members
serversurfer, creol, sailor15015, 6_7Powerstroke, Kstet96
60577 Registered Users
Who's Online
108 registered (2015_PSD, 4WD, afree, 87sammy, 2004tdigls, AandPDan, 9 invisible), 1949 Guests and 16 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
60577 Members
66 Forums
261298 Topics
4310296 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 PM
Donate to BITOG
Topic Options
#2299361 - 06/27/11 12:39 PM Low coolant/antifreeze in F150?
renegade_987 Offline


Registered: 04/07/11
Posts: 1548
Loc: Ankeny, IA
So my coolant in my F150 is quite low, well below the cold fill range. Is there a reason that it would go down so much? Also, is Prestone 50/50 Antifreeze/Coolant a good one to add? Thanks
_________________________
2015 VW Jetta 1.8t Dealer/Dealer
2004 F150 189K Valvoline WB/Motorcraft FL-820S
2003 Mustang GT Mobil 1/Motorcraft



Top
#2299387 - 06/27/11 12:59 PM Re: Low coolant/antifreeze in F150? [Re: renegade_987]
440Magnum Offline


Registered: 02/01/09
Posts: 8508
Loc: Texas
No idea if you have a problem without also knowing HOW LONG it took to lose that amount of coolant. If its been months or years, then its perfectly normal. If it's been since last week... that's a problem.

I wouldn't put Prestone 50/50 "all makes/all models" in my worst enemy's car, let alone mine. Use the original type coolant Ford recommends (probably G-05).
_________________________
'66 Dodge Polara & '69 Dodge Coronet R/T both 440/727
'08 Ram 1500 4.7/545RFE
'12 Challenger SRT8 392/6-speed
'99 XJ 4x4 4.0/AX15, '14 WK2 4x4 3.6/8HP

Top
#2299423 - 06/27/11 01:23 PM Re: Low coolant/antifreeze in F150? [Re: renegade_987]
renegade_987 Offline


Registered: 04/07/11
Posts: 1548
Loc: Ankeny, IA
It has been at least 6 months, so it is probably OK. It has never been changed out, either. Are you supposed to change your coolant/antifreeze?
_________________________
2015 VW Jetta 1.8t Dealer/Dealer
2004 F150 189K Valvoline WB/Motorcraft FL-820S
2003 Mustang GT Mobil 1/Motorcraft



Top
#2299446 - 06/27/11 01:35 PM Re: Low coolant/antifreeze in F150? [Re: renegade_987]
bdcardinal Offline


Registered: 06/03/05
Posts: 9461
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
Originally Posted By: renegade_987
It has been at least 6 months, so it is probably OK. It has never been changed out, either. Are you supposed to change your coolant/antifreeze?


You are supposed to change it, the service interval will be in the owners manual.

That Prestone 50/50 is a DexClone based coolant, and factory fill was G-05. I wouldn't mix them personally.
_________________________
2014 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack
1995 Ford Mustang GT

Ford/Mazda Parts Counter
NRA Benefactor Member
Opinions expressed are my own.

Top
#2302259 - 06/30/11 07:47 AM Re: Low coolant/antifreeze in F150? [Re: renegade_987]
The_Eric Online   content


Registered: 03/31/10
Posts: 5007
Loc: Iowa
Agreed with the above. Go to NAPA or Arnold's and pick up a gallon of Zerex GO5. That is the exact same formula that FomMoCo uses.

FWIW, your coolant should likely be changed on a 5year 100k (or 150k) mile schedule. Also just because you might not have reached the mileage, you should changed it due to age. Drain the radiator, and pull the block plugs (if equipped) and refill with GO5 at 50% mix.
_________________________
2005 Lincoln Aviator 4.6 DOHC
2000 Honda Accord 2.3
2001 Hyundai Elantra 2.0
1979 Ford F-150 351M

Top
#2305251 - 07/03/11 06:21 PM Re: Low coolant/antifreeze in F150? [Re: renegade_987]
wiswind Offline


Registered: 11/03/04
Posts: 1015
Loc: Wisconsin
I would also recommend the G-05.
Around here, CarQuest sells the Zerex G-05.
It is usually up to the individual store as to what products they carry, so 1 may have it.....and another not have it.
I think that initial change interval is 5 years......but read your owner's manual, or look it up online.

G-05 is a bit more expensive than some other coolants out there, but it is worth it.....good stuff.
Pay attention to the indication on the jug......if it is concentrate (which you would mix 50/50 with distilled water) or premix (which you would NOT add anything to).

I have had auto part store clerks try to sell me something else....telling me that is IS G-05......if it does NOT say that it IS G-05 on the label.....it is NOT.
If you have an issue locating it.....sometimes the Motorcraft brand at your local FORD dealership will be around the same price...maybe even cheaper...depending upon what the dealership is charging.

If wondering if you have a leak into the oil, you can send in a sample of your used oil to have it tested, and they will let you know.
I have used blackstone labs....visit their website for instructions and a free sample / mailing kit.

Top