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Old 09-14-2013, 09:59 PM
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Switching to ELC after Coolant Leak

I have a 2009 F250.

Recently I noticed after a long trip towing that my degas bottle was low and I have needed to add coolant a few times since. I finally had a chance to track it down today and found that the upper radiator hose was leaking (old style). I ordered a new upper and lower hose today. I also went to the international dealership and picked up Fleetrite ELC and tracked down a Cummins dealer that had restore plus, but no restore.

I know that i have to run chemical cleaners to switch coolant types but I am weary about doing the full flush with both restore and restore plus. I am considering using Restore Plus only. Until recently, I rarely had a difference between EOT and ECT. If I did it was only by a couple degrees if i was towing. Now (the last week) I am starting to see 2-5* difference @ 70 mph. I don't want to ruin an oil cooler that is mostly working okay, but I think I really need to get this Gold coolant out. I have been running a coolant filter for about 10,000 miles and have changed it once. Hardly anything came out of the first one.

I'm hoping for some input on what you all would do here. Hopefully all my parts (including egr delete) will be in by the middle of the week. For now my truck is sitting with a belly full of distilled water.
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Old 09-15-2013, 03:52 AM
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I didn't use any chemicals when I did mine. I just did alot of flushes with water over the course of a couple days. I had heard stories of guys ending up with plugged oil coolers after the restore / restore+ flushes. I didn't really hear to many stories about the plugged coolers but enough to make me paranoid to use the chemicals. I also run a coolant filter so maybe that helped a bit as well. I've 2 flushes like this and had no issues so far.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:42 PM
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I'm thinking just do Restore+ now. I have heard mixed opinions on Restore and I had most Cummins Dealers respond that they don't stock it Restore (in fact no one within 60 miles stocks it) because they never use it. I also read somewhere else that it is pretty harsh. Maybe people are going a little overboard with the flushes?

My new hoses and River City Diesel EGR delete kit will be in Wednesday, so I guess we will see. Thanks for the response.
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I ran a coolant filter for a couple thousand miles before doing a chemical flush to hopefully get rid of some of the crap in the system. It seemed to work well.
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I've been running a filter for about 10,000 miles and am on my second filter. Surprisingly, the first wasn't very dirty when I cut it open. Still started to notice rising EOT temps the last few weeks which is part of what sparked all this. I'm wondering if part of my temp problem was the high concentration of Antifreeze I had. Hopefully I'll know by Friday, parts arrive tomorrow!
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