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How To Flush the Cooling System in a Ford Taurus

Updated on February 8, 2015

Ford Taurus Cooling System Maintenance


All vehicles that are water cooled have a radiator and an overflow jug or reservoir. In newer vehicles such as the Ford Taurus the radiator cap has been removed and replaced by the overflow jug. The radiator is filled through the overflow jug and it allows you to physically see how much antifreeze is in the radiator. To flush the cooling system an additive is used to help clean out the cooling system. Cooling system flush can be purchased at any auto parts store. You will need another person to help you run the car up on the set of ramps.

You will need these supplies to complete the job:

Safety glasses

Antifreeze drain pan

Wheel chocks, 2

3 gallons warm water

5 gallon bucket

Cooling system flush

Car ramps

Place the car ramps in front of each front wheel. Have someone to help you run the car up on the ramps. Set the parking brake and place the wheel chocks behind both rear tires.

Raise the hood of the vehicle and secure the hood with the prop if it is so equipped. If the engine is hot you must allow it to cool before removing the overflow cap.

Place the drain pan under the radiator drain tube located on the drivers side of the vehicle at the bottom of the radiator. Put on the safety glasses before removing the drain plug by hand.

Tighten the drain plug once all the coolant has drained. Empty the entire contents of the container of Cooling System Flush into the overflow jug. Replace the cap on the jug or reservoir.

Start the engine and let it run at idle speed with the heater control set on high. Turn the heater fan control on high and allow the engine to run for 15 minutes. Turn off the engine after the 15 minutes are up. Remember the engine and the coolant will be hot.

Empty the coolant that is in the drain pan into the 5 gallon bucket. Place the empty drain pan back under the car and drain the radiator again.

Tighten the drain plug after it empties. Remove the cap from the reservoir and fill it with 1 to 1 ½ gallons of warm water. Repeat steps 5 and 6. After draining the radiator this time, tighten the drain plug and refill the overflow jug reservoir with antifreeze and balance of warm water if needed.


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      galleryofgrace 6 years ago from Virginia

      Whats shaking in Australia these days, Jack Explorer?

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      galleryofgrace 6 years ago from Virginia

      Jack Explorer!! How come your screen name connects to a website and not your profile?

      That's probably not allowed.

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      Jack-Explorer 6 years ago

      Thanks for the maintenance tips! I would surely do this to keep my Taurus always in good performance.


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