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post #1 of 4 Old 01-19-2008, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Coolant Test Location

I just bought a set of Fleetguard coolant test strips and reading the instructions is specifically says not to take a sample off the overflow bottle. Correct me if I'm wrong but don't our trucks constantly flow to and from the bottle when up to temp. If this is the case I would think that taking a test from the bottle would be fine.
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i used the drain valve at the bottom of the rad, real simple, i removed about a cup took it in the house did the test when anti-freeze was at room temperature. returned anti-freeze to rad and put in addative if required. retest later.
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Where to get antifreeze test sample

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i used the drain valve at the bottom of the rad, real simple, i removed about a cup took it in the house did the test when anti-freeze was at room temperature. returned anti-freeze to rad and put in addative if required. retest later.
I just read this in an online tutorial at:
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Collect a coolant sample from the radiator or pet****. Do not collect the sample from the coolant recovery-bottle.
(It should be noted that later Power Strokes do not have a radiator cap on the radiator. The pressure cap is on the coolant reservoir, which is in the ‘loop’ of circulated coolant.

Collecting coolant samples from these recovery bottles is acceptable.)
Before testing, the coolant must be between 50-130 degrees Fahrenheit. Room temperature is preferred.
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As already said, use the drain valve on the bottom of the rad, real simple. Better yet use a coolant that meets the EC1 rating, like Fleetrite ELC, and never have to check SCA levels again, plus the coolant is good for 300K. Simply the best coolant you can use.

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