2011 f150 5.0 orange coolant?

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Couple quick questions.. Just got a new to me 11 f150 5.0. Calls for MC orange.. are there any safe alternatives? I would like to at least drain and fill the coolant or flush it, but MC isnt cheap. Also, the wife has a 2012 fusion 3.0 I thought this took the gold coolant, my 06 ram could use zerex g05 (Ford gold) so after topping off my ram I topped hers off (about a pop bottle, not much). Now I'm reading online hers took orange, and I mistakenly thought it took gold. Gonna be any issues with mixing a small amount?
 

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You didnt link the zerex.. which one is it? Its wierd Ford would use a DeX cool.. I never was a fan of DeX cool. What about my wifes car? Ok to go?
 
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I'll tell you what...Ford uses so many different coolants, it drives me crazy. They have their "green" that goes in the Edge. They have their "gold" that goes in a lot of stuff...the "Orange" that goes in a lot of stuff...don't they have something else for their diesels right now? And an additive package for it? I'd just buy a gallon of the Motor Craft Orange off Amazon and call it a day. I think it's $21. Just exchange a gallon, maybe two, and then do it again in a few years. I don't like to mess around with these coolant alternatives anymore, you don't all of the other crap out, it changes colors, sometimes it doesn't mesh right. For what? So I can save ten bucks? Coolant changes isn't an every other month thing like oil changes, if it was, I'd say yeah go ahead and try to save a few bucks.
 
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Originally Posted by sh40674
You didnt link the zerex.. which one is it? Its wierd Ford would use a DeX cool.. I never was a fan of DeX cool. What about my wifes car? Ok to go?
I tried to link coolants that Walmart carried. Maybe there not carrying Zerex/Valvoline AF any more? Check for Zerex some where else if that's what you want. I can't say for sure if mixing a little G05 with Dexcool is alright or not but I would think it would be alright. I would check it occasionally to see if it looks normal tho. And change the fluid when it's due.
 

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Well I left Walmart with a few gallons of Prestone DeX cool. Says on the back it meets ford wss-m97b44-d spec, which is the spec called out by motorcraft orange. So good to go wirh DeX cool then?
 
Do not fear Prestone Dexcool. Here it is.

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