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Coolant suggestions

Postby Knapp37 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:40 am

Hi everyone,

currently got the system drained at the moment in my 2.8 and wondered if anyone could recommend what coolant to use to fill it back up.

Cheers in advance

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby D366Y » Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:30 pm

I've been reading recently about waterless coolant called Sealeys

Looks interesting and something I'm considering doing as well

Apparently it can withstand more extreme temperatures so won't need fiddling with or topping up

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:33 pm

Knapp37 wrote:currently got the system drained at the moment in my 2.8 and wondered if anyone could recommend what coolant to use to fill it


Hi Mike,
Whatever brand you use, make sure that it's the blue stuff not the pink.
Personally I buy 5L of concentrated. I pour half of it into an empty 5L container and fill the remainder of the two bottles with water. Hey presto, an easy way to get 10L of 50% mixed coolant. It should take 8.7L to completely fill the system, so you'll have over a litre of the correct mixture coolant to keep for top ups if necessary.

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:00 pm

D366Y wrote:I've been reading recently about waterless coolant called Sealeys

I've never heard of Sealey's but the market leader seems to be Evans.
It does sound like a brilliant product with some amazing benefits, although some would feel that the downside is that it costs £30 for 2 litres. Therefore filling the cooling system will cost £150, plus around £15-20 for the required prep fluid.
https://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/p/car- ... gL7WvD_BwE

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby D366Y » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:22 pm

I never looked into the cost but that does sound pricey!! Depends how much of a difference it really makes I guess, but I guess not much!

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby Knapp37 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:48 pm

Yeah I've been looking into the waterless stuff over the last couple months, I am tempted but I think I might wait till next year to consider it again.

Anyone got any preference on coolant brands or just go for Halfords?

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby D366Y » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:16 pm

I've always stuck with Halfords stuff personally

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Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:40 pm

:agree:
I believe that the brand doesn't make any difference. I usually buy whatever Eurocarparts or GSF have on the shelf.
It will be interesting to see what difference the waterless coolant makes. I look forward to reading your review a year from now!

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Postby andyd » Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:44 pm

I bought this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Triple-QX-5L- ... Sww9xZNU90

Wheeler Dealers used waterless coolant in the TR6 they did.....Sounds good albeit expensive, but if your rad springs a leak it will still run out like the normal coolant :crying:

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby Fordoholic Nick » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:47 pm

Hi.

Just like Danny I use the Halfords stuff...

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... reId=10001

One thing I actually do after reading about it a couple of years back is to mix the concentrate coolant with de-ionised water rather than tap water.

http://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/ ... p-water-5l

Supposed to help prevent scaling and corrosion. Have been using it ever since.
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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:08 pm

Fordoholic Nick wrote:One thing I actually do after reading about it a couple of years back is to mix the concentrate coolant with de-ionised water rather than tap water.

http://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/ ... p-water-5l

Hi Nick,
Great tip!

I love the way that, due to COSSH regulations I assume, Halfords have had to produce a five page safety data sheet.....for water! :roll:
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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby Jasonmarie » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:25 pm

Did nick mention Halfords ?

I must change mine next year , yes the waterless system does look good but also a very good price . When the job is done should I get the water pump and thermostat changed ? ( Tickover Job as my back will not be up for this one ) ....

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:40 pm

Jasonmarie wrote:When the job is done should I get the water pump and thermostat changed ?

I don't think so, I've never heard anybody mention it. I think you just need to flush the water out the system and fill with the new waterless coolant.

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby Jasonmarie » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:09 pm

I see the fill with the waterless coolent , I really don’t know as I think we have touch base with this before . I might look in to it and way up the cost as any engine running cooler helps .
When reading on it I understand that all traces of water must be out the system also they take the cap off a hot engine .
I would change the thermostat if I did do this .

Will have a think as it will be a project next year .

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby Jasonmarie » Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:33 am

So quick update on this as Andrew has got my mind going on night drive , I have been reading and watching linked videos and it look really good but like many things that look to good what is the catch . Well I don’t know one thing is the price so in this week I will try and get a full price on getting my Capri done at two garages near me using this waterless company
http://www.evanscoolants.co.uk

I will try these guys first on a quote . http://www.rdsroadsport.co.uk As they are just down the road from me .

So watch this space and I will keep you informed .

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby Dreamachine » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:41 am

Why can't you use pink coolant instead of blue

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby Dreamachine » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:02 am

Why can't you use pink coolant instead of blue

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby pbar » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:33 am

Dreamachine wrote:Why can't you use pink coolant instead of blue


It's generally not a great idea, as mixing the two (pink and blue) will give a thick congealed mud. You would need to get rid of all the existing blue which might be difficult.

I struggle to understand why anyone would wish to use anything but the standard blue to be honest, it's been in these cars for decades.

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby andyd » Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:25 am

pbar wrote:
I struggle to understand why anyone would wish to use anything but the standard blue to be honest, it's been in these cars for decades.

:agree: Use what you know has worked for years....Unless there is good reason.

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Re: Coolant suggestions

Postby Dreamachine » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:14 pm

Ok thanks guys


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