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post #1 of 11 Old 12-29-2010, 06:01 AM Thread Starter
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There are no stupid questions......

But sometime I feel like an inquisitive idiot!

Here is my question of the day:

What color should coolant be?

I have seen green, orange etc etc.... but mine is clear. Now I do need to tell you that it is not plain water, but wondering if I could be diluted too much?

Is there clear coolant that is sold in the diesel world?

Have fun with the answers..........
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Depends on the year

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The Ford Premium Gold is almost a clear looking color, if that helps any.

Most 6.0's have that in them from the factory.

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its an 05 Excursion.....and I am glad to know that there are nearly clear coolants.

Is the Ford Gold the coolant with the silicants that will fall out of solution and gum up everything, or is that the newer one from Ford that is similar the the Rotela ELC?
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The ethylene glycol we used in the military for chilled water cooling on the Phalanx guns was absolutely clear. The Ford gold coolant does contains silicates and gums up as you describe. The Rotella ELC does not contain silicates and is just fine for our trucks.

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The ethylene glycol we used in the military for chilled water cooling on the Phalanx guns was absolutely clear. The Ford gold coolant does contains silicates and gums up as you describe. The Rotella ELC does not contain silicates and is just fine for our trucks.

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Ill take 50 dumb questions over 1 person who asks for help and is too lazy to use the search function themselves.

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Ill take 50 dumb questions over 1 person who asks for help and is too lazy to use the search function themselves.
Search function is not all its c racked up to be.

Search for coolant yielded 170 pages results
search for coolant color yielded 243 pages of results
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Coolant color depends on brand and year I suppose. My wife's car takes that Honda crap which is blue and I use Prestone in my truck which is greenish yellowish... My work van takes dodge red... Ford gold seemed to be pretty clear to me but I was told to flush that stuff out and put in some real fluid. I've also noticed that they sell this glacier stuff around her where I live and it's kinda clearish blue as well.... I'm not sure where you live but if it gets pretty cold I'd do a 50/50 mix... I live in San Diego so I usually to like a 25/75 mix mostly being water.
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myne is green just strate 50/50 mix
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