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Mondial 3.2 Coolant Question

Discussion in 'Mondial' started by Alden, May 12, 2019.

  1. Alden

    Alden F1 Rookie
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    Apr 25, 2010
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    My great, Italian,talented, honest Ferrari mechanic nearby is retiring now. He is getting up in age. He did the last fluid change on my Mondial, I am going to do my own soon.

    I called him to ask what kind of coolant he put in my Mondial a few years ago and all he could tell me was:

    "It's the Shell long lasting brand for aluminum engines"

    Checked the service receipt, it just says "coolant."

    So....................What do think I have in there?

    Shell Rotella "red" type? I think this is the organic coolant like I use in my Jag with a supercharged aluminum engine.

    I can flush the system and put a different type in, but I really did not want to bleed the block and water pump. But I will, if I have to.

    Any advice appreciated.
    Alden
     
  2. EXCELSE

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    Best is to stick with the green or blue stuff, because the modern long lasting coolants eat the solder away that holds your radiator together.
     
  3. Alden

    Alden F1 Rookie
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    Ummmm......I was always told that the new coolants (orange or red) that are nitrite free, were better for our aluminum engines than the old green/blue, so I am looking at something like Shell Rotella red.

    I guess, since I can't be sure what is in there and you don't want to mix different types, I am going to have to thoroughly flush the entire system and add the new coolant.
    Alden
     
  4. EXCELSE

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    New coolant is good for the engine but not for our type of radiators.
    Its also near impossible to flush our huge complex cooling system to prevent contamination between the 2 coolants.
     
  5. Alden

    Alden F1 Rookie
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    Understood, but since I can't verify the type of coolant that is currently in the system, what shall I do?
    Alden
     
  6. EXCELSE

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    what colour does it have now?
     
  7. spicedriver

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    Just drain out as much as you can, then fill the system with distilled water. Run that for a day, then drain it out. I've found the cheap Prestone from Walmart works fine, but you should replace it once a year. It's also much easier if you get the aftermarket drain and bleed plugs.
     
  8. yelcab

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    You can drain it enough so that little contamination would take place. It's not that complex of a system.
     
  9. jkstevens2

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    Use prestone green non diluted. I doubt you drive the Mondial that much and by having 100% in lieu of 50/50 will reduce corrosion and decay. One a year is optimistic but a bleed sillcock would be a good addition
     
  10. Alden

    Alden F1 Rookie
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    Can't tell the color for now, I am going to drain, fill with distilled water, drain and fill with distilled again, then drain fill it with regular 100% Prestone green.
    KISS, right?
    Alden
     
  11. EXCELSE

    EXCELSE Karting

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    looks ,like a good plan!!!
     

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