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Does my '06 5.4 have engine block drains

I was told yes, but I just don't see them

anybody give me some clues

gonna drain the coolant, I got some MotorCraft Gold yesterday $14 a gal
not bad, 3 years ago it was $13
got it from the Dealer


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You won't need to drain the block if you use a Prestone flushing tee kit.

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yeah but any crap still goes to the bottom

I do have an old (from the '70's ) Prestone yellow plastic flush kit, it was Dads
but I have just installed a copper tee with extensions & threaded MIP with cap, on all our other vehicles
and you know crap settles to the bottom
I've had my '06 since 02/06 and it still has the original coolant

Where you reckon them plugs are at
on a 350 there's one on each side and easy to see and get at

I've look it up and found theres one next to the block heater - I don't have one
and on the other side its hidden
come on man share the wealth; give me a hint


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I don't have a clue where they would be.

If you haven't changed the coolant in 8 years it's a minor miracle that your cooling system isn't corroded and leaking already.

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I thought it would be about time
Truck has 51,000 mi. in 8 years
I know I should have changed it sooner (book says 100,000 mi.)

the reservoir looks clean, no staining
the radiator shows no signs of crud on the passage ways
in fact it looks like new

I'll let you know what come out when i drain it


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I thought the book said 5 years or 100k........

Regardless of the type coolant I use, I change it every 3 years.

I'd recommend you do more than just drain it - put a flushing tee on it and flush it.

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your right the book does say 5 years / 100,000
looked in there yesterday

3 years is smart


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here's what I have found on the drain plugs

one on each side
drivers side to the rear of the motor mount
passenger side next to or behind the starter

looks to be an counter sunk allen plug, some have used a T-50 torx
it's in super tight and may require heat as it looks as though it has red sealant (Red LocTite ?)

soon as i get around to doing the drain I'll post some photos


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