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Hey guys I'm planning to install sinster coolant filter on my 04 6.0 that i bought couple months ago and ive seen mixed answers so i figured id ask myself.

Should i run the new filter for 500 miles with the coolant thats in my truck now before doing coolant flush?

Also is the wix filter that Comes with the kit good quality and how often should the filter be changed?


Any other tips/info would be appreciated. Thanks
 

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welcome to the forum! i never understood why come people say to run the filter for a few hundred miles before flushing the system. Maybe somebody will chime it! Anyhoo, i figure you'll be better off draining and flushing ASAP. especially if you are backflushing and draining out of the block drains too. that way, your new bypass filter will maintain your already clean coolant and serve as an excellent monitoring device.
 

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Flush the coolant now, and then after 500-1000 miles change out the filter for the first time.
 

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yeah buddy! mine looked like pea soup after the first 500 miles. third or fourth filter in and it's super clean now.
Sounds like your filter is doing a great job right off the bat. My question is, have you had any indications of oil cooler restriction ( delta's ) ? The fact that your filter IS catching crud, that same crud is throughout the system and going through the cooler as well. I am hoping that the cooler does allow some stuff through that only the filter can catch... I just did massive flush and new radiator and cooler and added the Sinister filter system. I know this system is a bypass system and not in complete direct flow but I am in hopes that it will catch any remaining crud ( which I have no reason to believe there is any, But you know there has to be a little, LOL ) before it becomes a cooler issue. I am very confident with my flush and back flush before and after the new cooler and radiator. My delta's are running 4-6 and I sure hope they stay that way... I guess time will tell...

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Sounds like your filter is doing a great job right off the bat. My question is, have you had any indications of oil cooler restriction ( delta's ) ? The fact that your filter IS catching crud, that same crud is throughout the system and going through the cooler as well. I am hoping that the cooler does allow some stuff through that only the filter can catch... I just did massive flush and new radiator and cooler and added the Sinister filter system. I know this system is a bypass system and not in complete direct flow but I am in hopes that it will catch any remaining crud ( which I have no reason to believe there is any, But you know there has to be a little, LOL ) before it becomes a cooler issue. I am very confident with my flush and back flush before and after the new cooler and radiator. My delta's are running 4-6 and I sure hope they stay that way... I guess time will tell...

Thanks !!

Dan
Negatory, i never had any reason to believe my oil cooler is getting clogged. Just doing some preventative maint! The previous owner popped a HG and let ford fix it and they refilled system with ford gold coolant. so i went ahead and did a flush & fill with some CAT ELC and filter install for preventative maintenance. I'm guessing that the 'pea soup' crap i found was the remnants from when the HG blew. and i feel very lucky that i haven't had an oil cooler issue to date!

edit: I did catch some scaley rusty sandy looking stuff at first too, but now its not catching that stuff. i'd probably catch a lot more if i had a full flow instead of a bypass lol
 

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Thanks guys. Filter is ordered. Ill be flushing the system tuesday. Ill be doing it myself. Is there anything i need to watch out for? I dont wanna mess anything up. I do all my own maintenance but never done a coolant flush.
 

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now is a great time to install fumoto valves on the block drains, makes it so much easier to do the multiple drain/fills for a DIY flush. not that i would know, i cheaped out when i did mine lol, and i regret it!
 

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now is a great time to install fumoto valves on the block drains, makes it so much easier to do the multiple drain/fills for a DIY flush. not that i would know, i cheaped out when i did mine lol, and i regret it!
Thanks. Never heard of that. I was debating on skipping draining the block but i think ill regret it if i dont.

Ive been searching for a good write-up on coolant flush + draining block but nobody seems to drain the block. Do i only have to drain the block for first flush or each time i get up to temp and drain destilled water i have to take plugs from block and put them back? Seems like they'd be too hot to touch to do it each time.
 

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that's what the fumoto valve are for, just turn the little knobs and let it flow! or put a piece of vinyl hose on the nipples and direct it somewhere else.
...lemme see i fi can find that writeup we have ...
 

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you'll just have to remove the starter once if you have the fumoto valves ready to install. that's the beauty of it! just ge tthe ones with the nipple so you can run the fluid into a bucket instead of all over the starter

oh, yes, there's something else, since you are pulling the starter, it would also be a great time to upgrade to a 6.4 starter. that's another one that I want to do. then i'd just put the old starter in the toolbox as a backup since they probably won't take a 6.0 starter as a core lol
 

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For the love of all that's holy, GET THE FUMOTO VALVES!!!! lol I won't say how I know (I'm sure you can figure it out), but I can verify that life is so much easier with the valves....or, at the very least, with one valve on the starter side. Also, installing a hose on the valve is a must IMO. I had my starter suddenly go bad after allowing the valve to drain onto the starter just a single time, but I've never had a starter go bad when I used a hose. The only thing I don't like is how little room there is to get to the lever. If the exhaust is even slightly warm, I won't put my hand in there...blisters suck. lol
 

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For the love of all that's holy, GET THE FUMOTO VALVES!!!! lol I won't say how I know (I'm sure you can figure it out), but I can verify that life is so much easier with the valves....or, at the very least, with one valve on the starter side. Also, installing a hose on the valve is a must IMO. I had my starter suddenly go bad after allowing the valve to drain onto the starter just a single time, but I've never had a starter go bad when I used a hose. The only thing I don't like is how little room there is to get to the lever. If the exhaust is even slightly warm, I won't put my hand in there...blisters suck. lol
Well the bad news is, when I tried to loosen driver side block plug it stripped out so I'm thinking about just not draining block and just thuraly flushing until everything comes out clear. Maybe flush and fill 4 or 5 times. The coolant that's in the truck now looks really good and clean so I'll wait and drain the block next time (when I have More time and it's not 95° outside) and I'm putting a coolant filter on next week so I think I'll be fine just flushing thru the radiator for now.

Fumoto valves will be on the list for next time also.
 

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An "easy out" will work if you really want to get that plug out. Sadly, you will never get all of the crud out of that water passage, even with a proper flushing. It's just the nature of that passage. So, if you can't get that plug off, just be sure you REALLY rinse and dilute well. And yes, a filter is then a must have, as is changing it early and frequently for a little while until the particulates aren't being found quite so often.
 

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Do 500, cut it open and inspect. Then go from there.
I cant wait to get rid of the bypass setup for a full flow.

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