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Prestone 50/50 green
 

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Good ole green coolant.
 

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Don’t use traditional green coolant in your intercooler if you’re already using it in your radiator. Use the Ford gold coolant. Reason being is if there’s a leak anywhere you can tell what it’s from from the color of the coolant.
 

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Don’t use traditional green coolant in your intercooler if you’re already using it in your radiator. Use the Ford gold coolant. Reason being is if there’s a leak anywhere you can tell what it’s from from the color of the coolant.
Or you can look at what reservoir is low. Don't over think things. It's a system other than 99-00 that isn't known for leaking.
 

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Or you can look at what reservoir is low. Don't over think things. It's a system other than 99-00 that isn't known for leaking.
True it's not known for leaking but these trucks are at the very least 16 years old now, and we all know with age comes issues. It's better to be prepaired for those issues then not and this way it can be easier to diagnose any issues with either cooling system.
 

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True it's not known for leaking but these trucks are at the very least 16 years old now, and we all know with age comes issues. It's better to be prepaired for those issues then not and this way it can be easier to diagnose any issues with either cooling system.
I'm not a good example anyways. Mine full of water.
 

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When I did a blower swap in 2019, I replaced all four of the intercooler hoses with those nice ones that SVTTim sells. Worth every penny. I just use regular green coolant. Mine isn't 50-50, more water than coolant. But enough coolant to keep it from freezing during the winter months.
 

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Distilled water and water additive here in Charleston, SC. Truck is garage kept and only gets driven in the warmer weather so no worries.
 

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I just wouldn't want it to freeze up, even while just sitting in the garage.
 

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I use Water Wetter and distilled water, but I am in AZ and not worried about freezing - just heat.
 

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I just wouldn't want it to freeze up, even while just sitting in the garage.
Garage never gets down to freezing temps.
 

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Even if it's single digits outside? We get those here.
No sir. Garage is insulated as well as the garage door itself.
 

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No sir. Garage is insulated as well as the garage door itself.
Mine isn't. I live in an apartment, and the three garages I have are non-insulated. Metal doors with no insulation. I will admit they are warmer than being outside when I'm in them on a cold day. But cold none the less.
 

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Mine isn't. I live in an apartment, and the three garages I have are non-insulated. Metal doors with no insulation. I will admit they are warmer than being outside when I'm in them on a cold day. But cold none the less.
Honestly in single digits without constant bheat I'm not sure it would matter. Especially since you don't use your garage daily.
I think for your situation coolant is the best option. I run water but my shop stays above 40*. The heaters on a thermostat
 

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Honestly in single digits without constant bheat I'm not sure it would matter. Especially since you don't use your garage daily.
I think for your situation coolant is the best option. I run water but my shop stays above 40*. The heaters on a thermostat
Unless it's raining, I open it every day to put eyes on my beautiful Lightning. ;-)
 
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Unless it's raining, I open it every day to put eyes on my beautiful Lightning. ;-)
My use I meant like warming it up to work in it, so it retains heat.

Your using it as pornography. That's different lol ;)
 
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If you're not driving the vehicle, due to weather, it really helps to have a vehicle you love looking at. I think most of us her would agree our Lightning's are really nice to look at. Really, with the exception of my beat up old Ranger, I like looking at them all. Rainy summer day, out in the garage with a brewski and a stogie, Priceless!

Back on topic. LMAO!
 

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Can’t use water Bc it’ll frezze can green or orange 50/50?
Ahh! Take it from me! Mine at 117k miles daily driver sandbags winter tires 4 years in Minneapolis. It did really hang. Tried to get by w summer tires slush in Milwaukee stop no don't. After a bad slip n getaway over a curb my boost was instantly slapping to 11 or 12 psi just road rage. It sat outside in the snow 2 years. Mechanic says yes we can clean the blower fluid and intercooler never touched 18 years. Wrong answer. Since then it flatlined at 8psi sad clown boost no tunes major electrical problems.
Its cheaper to buy a winter car from Kenosha WI for 2-4k when it takes a shop 8k and 4 months to fix it.
Get the winter beater for the love of God.
 
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