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I just purchased a 96 bird with a 3.8L v6, the fluid in the radiator is a nice shade of RUST. I have heard that changing the fluid once a year helps prevent head gasket failure buy not letting it get to acidic. I do not know if the prior owner did this (I plan on changing it tomorrow 1-13-04). So my questions are....

1. What to look for if a head gasket is failing?
2. Is there a neutralizer for the radiator fluid to keep it from eating the gasket?
3. Any other information for preserving the head gasket?

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i wouldn't use any additive. Just stick to the 50/50 coolant water thing.

What to loof for:
1. loosing coolant more than usual
2. losing oil more than usual
3. white smoke coming from the exhaust
4. a chocolate milk looking kind of coolant (oil mixed with coolant)
5. exhaust gas and bubbles coming from the overflow tank

Just change your oil accordingly, change coolant yearly, keep coolant and oil at right level, keep air out of coolant, replace t-stat yearly along with coolant.

-Thomas
 

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Thanks for the advice! At napa auto parts they have a product called number 13 Radiator rust preventive. Dose anyone use and recomend this product?
 

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At my local parts store, they sell coolant test stips, look to see if you can find those to test your coolant to make sure that you need to replace it.
 
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