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Old 11-01-2011, 02:54 PM
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elc coolant and how much?

i was thinking about switching to elc coolant, when i did my coolant filter and thermostat, can anyone tell me how much coolant i need to do the swap?
and also how to go about draining the gold coolant? is it imperative that i get everything out before adding the elc?

also where can i buy the elc coolant for a good price? any particular brand? i want to spend as little as possible since th coolant filter housing and 203* thermostat cost enough


thanks for any help its appreciated
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More info on coolant than you EVER wanted to know....

Ford Super Duty Coolant Flushing Procedure | Superdutypsd.com

ELC prices flux pretty wildly, I found Delo ELC for 16 bucks a gallon, Cat for 22 and Rotella for 27...really depends on the shops you have around you. Delo seems to be the cheapest (and longest lasting...8 years)

Check out this page to find a Delo dealer near you and see what their price is...

Lubricant Marketers, Diesel Fleet Owners, Diesel Lubricant ? Delo - (United States)
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Oh yeah you will need 4 gallons on concentrate.
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Where are you from Goody?
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Rufus has given you great info: Just make sure the ELC is--->CAT EC-1 rated...
If you have Oriellys close by, they stock or can order Peak Final Charge... If not just do a search on ELC Coolant.... Your local Napa might stock Valvoline ELC Coolant...

Final Charge Global Extended Life

http://www.valvoline.com/products/br.../antifreeze/43


Just a note any CAT EC-1 rated Red {ELC} is going to be a huge benefit to your PSD...

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Rufus has given you great info: Just make sure the ELC is--->CAT EC-1 rated...
If you have Oriellys close by, they stock or can order Peak Final Charge...
Why thank you sir. That Final Charge is an awesome bang for your buck. Depending on where you shop you can find it for 12-15 bucks a gallon.
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most of your semi shops will have it we have "TRP" brand it is cat rated and it is what all the new kenworths come with in them dont know what it cost but it is premixed as is alot of elcs
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should i just drain the coolant (gold) and replace with 50/50 elc?

im wondering why people say deoionized water distilled water flush etc...

im thinking i should just drain the gold change out the stat, add the coolant filter, and refill with elc ... am i missing something ?

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should i just drain the coolant (gold) and replace with 50/50 elc?

im wondering why people say deoionized water distilled water flush etc...

im thinking i should just drain the gold change out the stat, add the coolant filter, and refill with elc ... am i missing something ?

thanks
No, I would not do that there is 2-3 gallons, at least, that you will be missing if you just drain and refill. You need to flush out the old coolant otherwise it will contaminate your new coolant and you just did nothing but waste your time and money. A good coolant flush will take you about 2-3 hours and it is worth it to do it.

People recommend distilled water cause it is more pure water than what you find from your house hold tap and therefore will be less likely to leave deposits in your cooling system.
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Goody: It is just not a good idea to mix different kind of coolants and the Gold & Red {ELC} have very different kind of chemistry...

The reason why distilled water is used is---->For those that don't have a water softener in their house never have this issue... But for those who don't--Look at the shower head-phoset heads-Inside hot water tank... Calcium Build Up-Mineral Deposits... You don't want this to happen within your cooling system... Distilled Water will keep this from happening...

I know the total flush is a PITA...But beleive me...If you have plans on keeping your truck for many yrs... And your going through all the trouble of installing a coolant filter and searching and buying ELC, ya might as well do the job correctly... It is very well worth all this trouble....

Once it is done--You have just done the best maintanence proceedure to help prolong the life of your PSD cooling system... Bar None...

Something to think about... If your bottom radiator hoses have not been replaced in yrs? Now is the time to do it... Keep Shaking that Money Tree!!! lol

Sad thing---this is not like a simple oil change... It is more complicated then that... But you will benefit from it for many yrs to come...

Good Luck!!
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