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Coolant type???

I am new to the diesel world and I just changed the water pump on my 2002 7.3 truck. The dealer told me to use the motorcraft gold anti-freeze on my truck. Is this right?? He told me to just fill it up with 2 gallons of the gold anti-freeze and the rest with distilled water. I mixed it 50/50 first and then poured it in. I used 5 gallons instead of the 4 gallons he said. Did I do the right thing?? Thanks for your help.
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I've heard the gold coolant doesnt have enough of the DCA4(aka anti cavitation stuff) i need to go pick up some test strips so I can get mine figured out and make sure theres some in it if not i'll be gettin a bottle..
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What was in it before you started? The system holds way more than 5 gallons so if it had green before then you broke the cardinal rule of antifreeze.... don't mix colors.

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Also if you add much antifreeze at all and every 15k+/- miles you need to add the DCA with out question. pic it up at the dealer for $12 a pint.

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The cooling system holds 8 gallons, so adding two does no good!! I would stay away from that idiot!! The Gold coolant is a joke done by Ford so they can save millions by having only one coolant for all their vehicles, don't believe me? Take a brand new bottle and dilute a sample 50/50 with distilled water and use the proper test strips, available from Napa, and the coolant will test out at 800ppm, min protection is 1200ppm and ideal is around 1800ppm, it will take 2 bottles of Napakool to bring it up to par. I would do a proper flush and refill with a true ELC coolant. I recommend the Fleetrite coolant, you can get it at any IH dealer. You will need 4 gal of the concentrate, don't by the 50/50 pre mix, it is impossible to get a 50/50 mix with the premix. If you need to know how to do a proper flush send me a PM. Oh the Fleetrite, and other coolants that meet the strict EC1 rating, will be good for 300K and out to 600K if you use the extender at 300K. No testing of this coolant is required. I would also add a coolant filter and change the upper rad hose to the one from a dual alt set up as it will go around the fanbelt and not through it, brillant thinking by Ford!!!

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I would do a proper flush and refill with a true ELC coolant.
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What do you think about the CAT coolant? I can get that much easier. How does $24.50 a gal sound for the non mixed stuff?

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If it was me I would flush and install the Extended life stuff, 750,000 mile from International, it is red. Don't need to mess around with any additives either...

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CAT has several coolants just make sure it meets the very strict EC-1 rating. You won't find any coolant that meets this standard at any auto parts stores!!!

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