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Tide pod coolant flush

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by Rstfree1stgen, Jan 23, 2022.

  1. Jan 23, 2022 at 7:31 AM
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    Made you click!

    But seriously I don’t know where else to post this so admins please move as needed!

    my grandfather told me the best way to clean my cooling system and unclog my heater core is to put some tide laundry soap in my rad with straight water and run it around town for an hour.

    I’ve asked a few old techs at my job and they say the same thing if a flush didn’t work try some tide!
    Please any input would be great,

    (no I probably won’t do this since I have CLR sitting in the core now foaming up as I type)
     
  2. Jan 23, 2022 at 7:38 AM
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    That sounds like putting Dawn dish soap in the Dishwasher. Nothing good comes of this....:rofl:
     
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  4. Jan 23, 2022 at 7:40 AM
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    I’ve tried everything under the sun, replaced the heater core a few months back and observed clay like mud in the entire cooling system, so I removed the thermostat and let the garden hose run through the engine for a while, replaced hoses and it was great for a few months.
     
  5. Jan 23, 2022 at 7:44 AM
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    2mchfun Cool story, but did your new TTV6 tow a shuttle?

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    Sounds like you need to run Cascade in it too!
     
  6. Jan 23, 2022 at 7:57 AM
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    Seems as if this would be a solution a few decades ago sure, but now that technology, liquids, additives have evolved, nowadays there's a liquid or additive for damn near everything under the hood, to include a cooling system cleaner shown above.

    So if it were me, I'd go the route of an actual cleaner/additive meant for my intended issue(s), since I have them to use (whereas many many years ago tide might have been their best bet).
     
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  7. Jan 23, 2022 at 7:59 AM
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    2mchfun Cool story, but did your new TTV6 tow a shuttle?

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    Check your local food service supply for that commercial hot pink dish soap so you can be Toyota "pink coolant" compliant.
     
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  8. Jan 23, 2022 at 8:09 AM
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    Or better yet, videos!
     
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    Unless you are into foam parties if that is still a thing.
     
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    I had a lazy roommate that put like a cup of Dawn in a load of dishes. I have never seen so much bubbles pouring out on the floor...I wish smartphones was a thing back then. Well, maybe not.
     
  11. Jan 23, 2022 at 8:55 AM
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    Oh jeez! I put a little dollop of dish soap in one once and it foamed up the whole kitchen floor. It doesn't take much.
     
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    No it doesn't...so imagine a full cup. What a shit show that was. The worst was brand new hardwood flooring was just installed and pretty much destroyed.
     
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    Growing up in a racing family we used to put a few drops of dawn dish soap in the radiator of all our race cars. Sort of like “Water Wetter” but a cheaper alternative. Plenty of old school race car drivers swore by this technique and say it allows the engine to run slightly cooler and lessens the surface tension of the water. Most I ever remember seeing were small amounts of bubbles in the overflow, probably because it’s a closed pressurized system. That being said, I wouldn’t put it in my cooling system :rofl:
     
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    I just did mine and put in 3 tablespoons of Marvel Mystery Oil.

    Things that go better with Marvel Mystery Oil:

    - Tundra cooling system
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    - your redheaded GF who's far more nasty than nice
     
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    I'd remove the hoses and just flush it with a water hose both ways
     
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  17. Jan 23, 2022 at 4:19 PM
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    Fwiw, pretty sure there are inline coolant filters availabe. So, you could maybe temporarily throw in a filter to capture and remove the crap as it will likely take quite some time to get it all out. Granted you may never get it all, but surely a filter would help in this case.
     
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    I’ve seen it done a few times. Actually works pretty well. Just needs to be thoroughly flushed afterwards.
     
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    i thought about this as an option, but those coolant filters won’t prevent the crud from going in the heater core, just lessen the amount right?
     
  20. Jan 24, 2022 at 4:22 PM
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    2mchfun Cool story, but did your new TTV6 tow a shuttle?

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    That would depend on the micron rating rating of the filter and the particle size of the crud.
     
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    Well it was like mud in some spots, like I said I flushed the block and rad with the garden hose for a while, and replaced the heater core. Now it’s back to the same nonsense and coolant looks just the same if not worse than before
     
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    2mchfun Cool story, but did your new TTV6 tow a shuttle?

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    Have you checked the oil in the engine? Wonder if you have a bad head gasket, oil in coolant can look like tan mud.
     
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    Danimal86 Looks clean even when its dirty!

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    Before i decided on a tundra, i was super close to pulling the trigger on a Ram Ecodiesel. The mpg would allow me to get rid of my old commuter car because it gets the same hwy mileage as my toyota matrix does.

    One big problem (amongst many others) was the water to oil cooler, it would fail and send oil into the cooling system. People started noticing it when their overflow tanks were nasty looking. The authorized solution was to replace the faulty cooler and pour laundry detergent into the system and let it run for a while (not the best for diesel engines) and then flush the bajesus out of it......so i have heard of this method before.
     
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    Nope no issues of mixing fluids, I’m 99% sure this the effects of using mineral rich well water and concentrate coolant for the last almost 20 years of its life
     
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    Never hose or well water. Only distilled water.
     
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    2mchfun Cool story, but did your new TTV6 tow a shuttle?

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    Idk, there was a time Toyota had some major head gasket issues.
     
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    Never heard of a 2uz having head gasket “issues” when I hear that I think Subaru. I’m sure Toyotas had a few here and there
     
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    2mchfun Cool story, but did your new TTV6 tow a shuttle?

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    2uz or not, sometimes head gaskets go south. Just makes sense to me that if mud colored slime is appearing out of nowhere in the coolant, just maybe there is a head gasket issue. I mean the truck is nearly 20 yrs old. Kinda already been lucky! Pollutants can't just walk into a sealed system, there has got to be a point of entry somewhere! Just offered my opinion to try and help you troubleshoot without being able to actually see it. Good luck!
     
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    Why are you putting well water in there instead of distilled?
     
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    The tide of old is different from the stuff today. P&G got rid of the TSP in it (that's what did the real cleaning) due to environmental concerns. Quilters still use TSP to clean their stuff as you can still find it around. I have seen it in equestrian aisles of farm supply and at hardware stores. Anyway, the new stuff uses enzymes to clean and they spent ridiculous amounts of money to figure it out. If I wanted to try to wash the hell out of the radiator, I would go straight Trisodium phosphate from Lowes.
     
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