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Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 8:55 pm 
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I think its pretty rude that they do that. I wonder if Holden are as bigger bastards!

Yeah, this green Go5 stuff is supposed to be premium Valvoline stuff. No doubt its better than the supermarket concentrates.

Kmart used to sell demineralised water but none there tonight, so I bought a 15 lt bottle of spring water. I assume thats ok - its clean and free of the treatment chemicals. For $6 or so, I think its a pretty good deal for non-tap water considering it is in there for so long between flushes.

I'd say yes, condensation as I had not been using it so it would be cold for me to drain the radiator.

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Just wondering if they have odd bloody connectors and covers just to piss us off like the AU seems to!!!


No thats a new thing to piss us all off so we go to ford for our services.

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I ended up getting the Valvoline GO5 concentrate. I thought the previous mechanic who serviced it said they use GL5, but the place I got it (where they get it too) only stock one called G05 so I assume thats what they mean.

As long as it is green it should be ethylene gycol based. From memory your coolant was green wasn't it?

Water from the exhaust. More than likely just condensation especially if its been sitting for a while. Did your car use water previously? if not I wouldn't worry.
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Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:15 pm 
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i was talking to the ford tech line at work today about some other stuff
turns out they changed to the pink stuff because it is environmentally friendly, but they had problems with it eating rubber seals in water pumps and heater taps, and the colour coming thru hoses. so early in the AU's they changed back


Interesting how stories get passed around and get changed. I was told ethylene gylcol was eating out the seals in the radiators on ELs and early AU. I was told this by a mate of mine who was working for a radiator place and was flat out replacing/repairing radiators for the local Ford Dealership.
Since I change over to the pink I have had no corrosion problems. I did however have a head fail (porosity holes) whilst using ethylene glycol based products. I guess the guys at Ford Tech should know their own research.

 

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Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:34 pm 
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yeh... just because u had a head fail while u were using it doesnt mean it caused it... but thats what the ppl at tech line said...
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Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:38 pm 
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yeh... just because u had a head fail while u were using it doesnt mean it caused it... but thats what the ppl at tech line said...


No I agree, could be caused by anything. I changed to Pink because my mate recommended it. Been using it ever since, I guess 4 years or so, no waterpump seals no other leaks.

 

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Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 1:57 pm 
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Hi mate, thanks for your comments....

Shall do - I'm sure I have seem NGKs somewhere....

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If you are not going to put in irridium plugs at least replace them with NGK's they are a far better plug than Bosch.




Yea NGK's are way better.

 

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Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:15 pm 
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Well, the service is done. And I guess next time it will be easy as I know where everything is, the cap has been left off the damn clamp, and I bought the tool from repco to undo the fuel filter from the quick fit connector - $20 for a friggin plastic tool in a bag with a sticker on it. Disgusting. Not much choose really.

The only strange thing is that now at idle it sounds like I can hear water - if you know what I mean - its like theres air somewhere, but I think it was doing it before I drained the radiator so its not since then. Its just a faint gurgling sound. Any ideas?

Now I've done the radiator, I put the heater on and let it run to flow through and checked the level - it seems ok. Is that all I need to do. I remember reading something about there was a trick to make sure there isn't air in it or something???
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Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:20 pm 
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Well, the service is done. And I guess next time it will be easy as I know where everything is, the cap has been left off the damn clamp, and I bought the tool from repco to undo the fuel filter from the quick fit connector - $20 for a friggin plastic tool in a bag with a sticker on it. Disgusting. Not much choose really.

The only strange thing is that now at idle it sounds like I can hear water - if you know what I mean - its like theres air somewhere, but I think it was doing it before I drained the radiator so its not since then. Its just a faint gurgling sound. Any ideas?

Now I've done the radiator, I put the heater on and let it run to flow through and checked the level - it seems ok. Is that all I need to do. I remember reading something about there was a trick to make sure there isn't air in it or something???


Leave the cap off until the water in the tank is hot then you know the thermstat is open, run it for a few more minutes to ensure any air pockets are in the tank.

The gurgling sound maybe your air conditioning, next time you hear it turn off the AC and see if it stops.

 

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Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:32 pm 
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Thanks mate - that was the tip I remember now.

Could be the air - it makes god awful sounds when I turn the motor off. But as long as it says cool it doesn't really matter!!

Doing your own car servicing is kind of fun - in a nutty sort of way!
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Thanks mate - that was the tip I remember now.

Could be the air - it makes god awful sounds when I turn the motor off. But as long as it says cool it doesn't really matter!!

Doing your own car servicing is kind of fun - in a nutty sort of way!


If the AC is gurgling it may need re-gasing

 

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Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:44 pm 
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Its only about $100 or something isn't it?
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Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:46 pm 
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Its only about $100 or something isn't it?


Something like that, I haven't priced it in a while.

 

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Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 6:19 pm 
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It may be my imagination, but is it possible, after only doing the oil, flushing the radiator and changing the fuel filter that the car would be more responsive and quieter?

I thought it was smoother and more responsive, especially from stop, and when I started up at my folks place mum was sure it was quieter.....is it our wishful thinking?

The oil was pretty black - and now it looks pretty clear and clean - could the oil itself (Mobil Synth S) make a such a difference straight away on how it runs?
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It may be my imagination, but is it possible, after only doing the oil, flushing the radiator and changing the fuel filter that the car would be more responsive and quieter?

I thought it was smoother and more responsive, especially from stop, and when I started up at my folks place mum was sure it was quieter.....is it our wishful thinking?

The oil was pretty black - and now it looks pretty clear and clean - could the oil itself (Mobil Synth S) make a such a difference straight away on how it runs?


Maybe you lifters where a little noisy before and putting in clean oil has quietened them down.

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 8:55 pm 
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Cripes, it took some muscle, but I got the last plug out.

They are all in and it is idling a tad faster - is this normal? The gaps seem ok.

The last plug you removed was it the one at the back of the motor (Cyl 6)?
what did the plug look like? Was it rusty looking on the electrode?

The reason I ask this is because thats were the first symptons of a head gasket failure occur.

The number 6 plug on mine is rusted in from that very problem on my car & it will need a new or recon head to fix the problem on my car.

My car has done 220k kms

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 8:58 pm 
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Hi mate,

Yes, it was the last one at the rear.

I don't know if you could say it was 'rusty', it was discoloured a tan colour, but very little wear as such - and they were all the same....
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