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Testing freezepoint of ELC coolant

This may be a dumb question, but I just bought some Final Charge ELC coolant. The equivilant of Rotella or Fleetrite ELC and was planning on flushing my system.

Can you use a regular coolant tester to test the freeze point?
I have 2 testers a Prestone and a Zerex tester that I have used on regular green coolant. Will these work on the ELC type coolant?

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a couple things, yes regular tester works. make sure you completly flush the old out if you use a hose to dothis make sure you then flush the tap water out with distiled water fill with distiled drive drain repeat a few times so its completely flushed and so you mixing distiled with your coolant and not tap water and imo final charge is not equivlant of rotella or fleetrite i know theyre jug makes it seem that way and walmart has a good price on it but i spent the extra and went with rotella just my 2cents

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I tried to find Rotella ELC but I cant get it locally. The only place I found the final charge was pep boys for $10.97 per gallon prediluted no concentrate. Or a Marine shop that wanted $25.00 per gallon for the pre-diluted.

The few places I have found to order Rotella ELC on the internet are a little steep as well. $22.00 per gallon plus $5-6.00 per gallon shipping. That was for the 50/50 mix. I have not found a concentrate yet.

Anyone found a better place to get it I would love to know where.

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try any shell stations??
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go to a truck parts store or the parts department in a truck dealership and get straight not 50/50 because theres gonna be a few gallons of water you wont get out by draining i got it for 11.99 a gallon at my local truck shop

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I would say more important than using distilled water would be to pull the block drain plugs and blow the system out with compressed air. I helped Lord Tauk recently flush his system and refill with Caterpillar ELC. After two flushes and draining the block, the system took almost exactly what it was supposed to. Without removing the drain plugs about 2 gallons remain in the block.

There is a plug on each side near the bottom rear of the block. It takes a 1/4" drive extension and ratchet to remove them.
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I kept trying the shell website but the places they list in my area do not stock it and are not willing to order it for me. They are wholesale business they dont want to sell to retail customers.

Finally I found a place about 35 min away that will sell the concentrate by the gallon. They want $24 per gal for concentrate. They want $14 per gal for 50/50 but it must be purchased by a case of six.

I found a second place but they will only sell by the case of six for both: concentrate is $180 or $30/gal and 50/50 is $90 or $15/gal. But they have to order it in 3-4 week wait.


What is the total capacity of the cooling system?

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