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What type of Antifreeze should I use in a 2002 Vulcan (that I just purchased)? The Owner's manual references two different antrifreezes: a green and a premium gold. It's kind of hard to ascertain the color - it's been in there a while. I've always used Prestone green for my older (1992) Taurus.

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Either is fine. I use the yellow, but I remember reading online somewhere that the green is better at cooling and protecting, but needs to be replace more frequently.

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The Ford delear told me it's green for my 95 GL. So I bought Motorcraft green coolant from them.

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Here is the official usage chart from Ferd.

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I know 2001s came with either yellow or green...2002s are probably the same. There was a chart posted back a while somewhere around here with a chart of which years could get what antifreeze.

Mine came with yellow...I just put back in what came with it. I'm thinking about going to either the Prestone universal stuff or basic green when I replace the water pump in a couple weeks...I'll have to do some research and decide what I want to put in it.

edit: As I was posting, there's the chart Thanks Paul!

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Thanks, SHOZ123, for the chart.

My car was manufacturered on 12/14/01, so it should have had the green antifreeze from the factory.

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Thanks, SHOZ123, for the chart.

My car was manufacturered on 12/14/01, so it should have had the green antifreeze from the factory.
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Read the label on the coolant and see if if requires 50% coolant and 50% water. I used the 50-50 with my Motorcraft fluids.

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Do not use Prestone universal in any Taurus. This is an Organic Acid Technology (OAT) coolant. The Prestone "Long-Life (5yr 150,000mi)" coolant contains sodium 2-ethyl hexanoate according to the bottle, which is probably the salt formed from mixing 2-ethyl-hexanoic acid with sodium hydroxide base. From the August 2004 issue of Motor magazine: "All DexCool-approved coolants to date use two organic acid rust/corrosion inhibitors, one called sebacate, the other called 2-EHA (which stands for 2-ethyl hexanoic acid). ....The rust inhibitor 2-EHA poses another issue: It's a plasticizer (softens plastic), so it has been blamed for coolant passage gasket leakage. Softening (and the resulting distortion) was reported by Ford, which encountered gasket leakage problems when it tested a DexCool type formula on its V8 engines. Ford also saw similar issues with other gasket materials. That killed the OAT coolant idea for Ford". Use the Zerex G-05 long-life (Ford specification WSS-M97B51-A1, A.K.A. "yellow stuff") instead which is a hybrid organic acid technology product not based on 2-ethyl-hexanoic acid. A complaint has been filed against Prestone for misleading advertising in the use of the word "universal". One can also use the good old fashioned short-life green stuff and replace it more often.

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Do not use Prestone universal in any Taurus. This is an Organic Acid Technology (OAT) coolant. The Prestone "Long-Life (5yr 150,000mi)" coolant contains sodium 2-ethyl hexanoate according to the bottle, which is probably the salt formed from mixing 2-ethyl-hexanoic acid with sodium hydroxide base. From the August 2004 issue of Motor magazine: "All DexCool-approved coolants to date use two organic acid rust/corrosion inhibitors, one called sebacate, the other called 2-EHA (which stands for 2-ethyl hexanoic acid). The rust inhibitor 2-EHA poses another issue: It's a plasticizer (softens plastic), so it has been blamed for coolant passage gasket leakage. Softening (and the resulting distortion) was reported by Ford, which encountered gasket leakage problems when it tested a DexCool type formula on its V8 engines. Ford also saw similar issues with other gasket materials. That killed the OAT coolant idea for Ford". Use the Zerex G-05 long-life (Ford specification WSS-M97B51-A1, A.K.A. "yellow stuff") instead which is a hybrid organic acid technology product not based on 2-ethyl-hexanoic acid. A complaint has been filed against Prestone for misleading advertising in the use of the word "universal". One can also use the good old fashioned short-life green stuff and replace it more often.
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That's what I had! The the crap I was using was yellow. Nobody told me that I was suppose to use a color specfic coolant So, I flushed it out at the dealer for the green stuff. And I have a bottle of the green stuff in my trunk in case i need it.

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Before Hybrid OAT came out, I used OAT (Dex-Cool) on all my vehicles (Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler). Since I found Hybrid OAT at AutoZone (Zerex G-05 formulation, yellow stuff), I have been using it on all. I consider HOAT is an improvement of OAT..

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