hi hello greetings and salutations, oh... and HOWDY, yawl.
Just acquired me a used and mysterious 1998 5.4 v8 ford van.
I didn't know much about it other than it was runnin ok, I guess.
Took her to the shop. And and they recommended a coolant flush:
"There is some brown slop on the surface of your reservoir, so we recommend doing a replacement of your reservoir and also a coolant flush."
I said, "OK !!!!!!!!!!!"
And they performed the surgery.
Then afterward, they threw me a curve ball:
"We did the flush and replaced the reservoir but now that slop is appearin' all over again in the reservoir We put yellow coolent in it and now it's darker like... orange and all rusty! we don't know what it is. We better keep a eye on it!"
Now at the time I said... "OK sure..." but some months later, I dun some work on her myself... switched out a radiator... and I noticed that same brown slop on the surfaces of the hoses, too!
And that got me thankin. Why the heyl that shop didn't look at the hoses too? Or the god dang engine??? If the slop is in the reservoir, then it's damn sure in the whole entire complete end-to-end coolant system. Just cuz the reservoir is the most literally (as the kids say now days) transparent part of the system dont mean you gotta replace that particular piece just cuz you can literally see the slop there... but don't replace none of the rest of the system. That's straight up retarded.
Why they didn't ask them selves no questions like... "could this be some kinda head gasket sealer... is it rust?" What the heyl is it? The answer to that question outta inform yer next course o' action. right?
But they just seemed ta go with the most immediately visible thang and replace it without askin no deeper questions.
Should I look to a new shop?