SCA test strip type for green coolant? - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
Powerstroke.org is the premier Diesel Truck Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-15-2013, 06:11 AM
Member
 

Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 49
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
SCA test strip type for green coolant?

I just got home from deployment and am starting to work on my new to me 96 F350. It has green coolant in it. Do you use the same SCA test strips for all types/brands of green coolant?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 10-15-2013, 08:29 AM
BANNED by Kris
 

Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pasadena, CA
Posts: 5,781
Thanks: 45
Thanked 96 Times in 91 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
They should all work for all green coolants. Do remember that only green coolant is designed to be used in 7.3's and SCAs can only be added to green coolant.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3  
Old 10-30-2013, 08:06 PM
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 

Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
ummm

What are sca's? New to the diesel world....
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4  
Old 10-30-2013, 08:41 PM
Member
 

Join Date: May 2013
Location: north brunswick
Posts: 73
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
SCA= supplemental coolant additive it is an additive to help prevent corrosion and pitting from water in the coolant I believe. I'm not 100% I'm sure someone can elaborate more on that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 10-31-2013, 06:45 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 3,110
Thanks: 3
Thanked 74 Times in 72 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
It's to prevent a process called cavitation. Here is probably the most thorough, albeit drawn-out, explanation somewhere on the Internet about how the extreme heat and compression of a diesel engine can actually physically affect the engine block. It's not the water in the coolant that causes it, but a physical action of the combustion and the movement of the pistons that can damage the walls of the block. The SCA chemically prevents it.

Here's an even more elaborate explanation: Cavitation Article

Bottom line - maintain and monitor your SCA levels, or risk trashing the engine.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6  
Old 10-31-2013, 07:08 PM
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 

Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Where can you buy the strips and additives???
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7  
Old 10-31-2013, 07:49 PM
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 

Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Can I run a coolant that already has sca's in it or do I have to stay with a green or ford gold?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8  
Old 10-31-2013, 08:29 PM
BANNED by Kris
 

Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pasadena, CA
Posts: 5,781
Thanks: 45
Thanked 96 Times in 91 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Gold is not for our trucks. Green only. These days it's hard to find coolant without it. HD coolants will say that they have them right on the bottle ("for diesels"). It's just that the additive is spent in 15-20k miles. The additive will take you to 40-50k after needing it the first time. Or just change your coolant more often. Do not add FW-16 to gold or red coolant (or gold or red coolant to your system for that matter). ELC coolant is for motors with aluminum heads, not steel/iron heads. Test strips and FW-16 can be bought anywhere with a couple hours notice.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9  
Old 10-31-2013, 08:31 PM
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 

Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
So I'm new, what's FW-16
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10  
Old 10-31-2013, 09:01 PM
BANNED by Kris
 

Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pasadena, CA
Posts: 5,781
Thanks: 45
Thanked 96 Times in 91 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
The part number for Ford SCA (Supplemental Coolant Additive). Take it to any parts dealer and they'll cross reference it for what they can get.

Last edited by BigFuel; 10-31-2013 at 09:33 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

vB.Sponsors