I’m sure this has been covered, but I’m getting conflicting reports from Ford dealerships regarding whether I should be concerned about a shop possibly filling my 2001 Grand Marquis with orange coolant.
I have always taken good care of my car, as it belonged to my departed grandpa.
Recently, I asked a shop to drain and replace my coolant, as they were doing a lot of work and already had the car on their lot.
One of the first things I noticed: the ticket didn’t reflect the engine coolant drain/fill.
I purchased a tester, and the fellow at the parts store said either the shop did not change the coolant, or else they filled with the wrong type.
The shop reports that rust in my system accounts for
the color of the newly changed coolant. If so, I am fine with that and will change coolant again until I see improvement; however, the shop left an egregious amount of unfinished work, so I no longer find them a credible source of information.
At this point, I’m rooting for learning they simply never changed the coolant, especially since I won’t return there.
They left a new idler arm only finger tight and didn’t tighten my new ball joint to the control arm.
I’m not sure if the attached pics demonstrate anything conclusive. Is that orange coolant, or green coolant with rust?
Should I be concerned? And if so, what service should I request from a different shop?
I am a little averse to chemical flushes. Would a simple drain and fill with the correct coolant put me back in good shape?
I appreciate any reply from those of you more knowledgeable than myself.