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Old 02-22-2016, 02:43 PM   #1
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Just trying to make my 2014 last a long as possible its my DD so wondering if anyone has an opinion on one of these http://www.ebay.com/itm/Radiator-Hos...9Ww2SH&vxp=mtr
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Old 02-22-2016, 04:15 PM   #2
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I don't think it's necessary. I reused my coolant when I installed my blower and it was really clean. I ran it through a coffee filter as I put it back in the tank just in case though.


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I personally wouldn't do that. It could clog with gell as dex cool is notorious for doing that, aka our motorcraft Orange is a knock off of dex cool. Also aluminum blocks stay clean with the cooling system. If it was a cast iron block I'd say go for it.


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That is one of the silliest automotive related products that I have ever seen.
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I don't see how this could help prolong the life of your engine, and I would certainly not spend 50 bucks just to see what the coolant looks like when I can already see it in the overflow tank. As long as the coolant stays the color it should be and doesn't freeze, that's more than good enough. As 94gtconvert says, this product can pose an issue of plugging up your coolant line over time.
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That is one of the silliest automotive related products that I have ever seen.
Not as bad this gem that's still being made Tornado - Ford — Tornado Air
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Not as bad this gem that's still being made Tornado - Ford — Tornado Air
Where would that even go? Please don't tell me it's a radiator fan claiming to give power gains
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Where would that even go? Please don't tell me it's a radiator fan claiming to give power gains
It's one of those gimmicky parts that suppose to fit inside the intake, and make the incoming air "swirl" to improve fuel economy. Just something to scam $70 out of dumb people that think this might work.
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I don't see how this could help prolong the life of your engine, and I would certainly not spend 50 bucks just to see what the coolant looks like when I can already see it in the overflow tank. As long as the coolant stays the color it should be and doesn't freeze, that's more than good enough. As 94gtconvert says, this product can pose an issue of plugging up your coolant line over time.

Actually their very helpful if you have a cast iron Diesel engine such as the 7.3 and 6.0 ford power stroke. Those engines have very small passages in the oil and egr coolers and clog with "sand" which is really cast iron from the water jacket breaking down. Sinister Diesel and xdp sell huge filters for those tricks BUT their passive. Which means they don't mess with the regular main flow of the cooling system. So if it clogs it won't do any harm. That filter in the picture on this thread is dangerous because it's not passive. If it clogs your screwed. But as for installing one of these in our aluminum modular mustangs it'd be a complete waste of time.


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Actually it's not a gimmick. You use it when you have an older car that hasn't had its cooling system properly maintained. As Rust flakes float through the system (iron block) they clog up your you heater core first and then your radiator. Thats why you coolant looks rusty on an over heated car. What came first, rust or overheating? Answer: rust.
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A "coolant filter" is not necessary on a properly maintained cooling system. And if the system was not properly maintained, the correct way to clean out the rust is by using a chemical flush. As previously mentioned, there is a risk of that filter clogging up and creating a problem that it was intended to prevent.
I have found casting sand in the water jackets of every single engine block that I have ever disassembled. It typically collects in the lowest part of the block, when installed in the vehicle, around cylinders #4 and #8, and stays there for the life of the engine.
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Dude... Don't you get it, reread my post. If you have rust in your system it's because you haven't properly maintained your cooling system. Then, you have rust flakes running through your system till the end of time... And no radiator flush is going to help you thus the need for the filter...
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Dude... Don't you get it, reread my post. If you have rust in your system it's because you haven't properly maintained your cooling system. Then, you have rust flakes running through your system till the end of time... And no radiator flush is going to help you thus the need for the filter...
I carefully read your post the first time.
Don't you think that all of those flakes of rust might eventually clog the filter? And cause the engine to overheat?
It seems like a recipe for being stuck on the side of the road, waiting for the engine to cool off enough so that you can remove the filter and clean it out.

Why not just fix the problem correctly, rather than going through all of the aggravation?
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Coolant can deteriorate over time and should be tested to see if it's still good, as it can be hard to tell just by appearances. Even if testing shows the cooling and antifreeze protection are still adequate, antifreeze can become more acidic over time and lose its rust-inhibiting properties, causing corrosion. Adding a filter will do nothing in the way of acidic issues.
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I carefully read your post the first time.
Don't you think that all of those flakes of rust might eventually clog the filter? And cause the engine to overheat?
It seems like a recipe for being stuck on the side of the road, waiting for the engine to cool off enough so that you can remove the filter and clean it out.

Why not just fix the problem correctly, rather than going through all of the aggravation?
That's the whole idea of the filter to get all that crap out of your system. Your take it off and examine it and clean it if it's starting to get clogged. Sorry, I thought that was obvious. Just curious how would you fix the problem correctly. Have you ever tried to remove rust from your system. It's an exercise in futility.
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That's the whole idea of the filter to get all that crap out of your system. Your take it off and examine it and clean it if it's starting to get clogged. Sorry, I thought that was obvious. Just curious how would you fix the problem correctly. Have you ever tried to remove rust from your system. It's an exercise in futility.
A proper cooling system flush should remove a good deal of any contaminants in the system. If it doesn't, odds are that there is going to be a much larger problem than just rust circulating through the coolant. Such as rotten freeze plugs.
I have never had to clean rust from a cooling system, at least not to the extent that you are speaking of. I have had to clean out a rusty fuel tank on an old truck though. The rust would clog up the fuel filter about every five miles. It was very annoying! I ended up removing the tank and using Muriatic acid to remove the rust. That solved the problem.
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Ok stray. Clearly you are a young man. Let's continue this conversation when you have some real world experience.
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Ok stray. Clearly you are a young man. Let's continue this conversation when you have some real world experience.
Thanks TLS!
When I get a few more years of experience under my belt, I look forward to hearing some more of your cooling system maintenance tips.
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