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Old 09-12-2013, 03:04 PM
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coolant test strips

I have an early 99 7.3 with the green coolant in it. I need to know what test strips to use to check the sca levels. Which ones work best and are easily available. And how often do I need to test my coolant?

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I have used Cummins and Napa's coolant test strips... both seem to work fine. The OEM recommendation is every 15k or once a year IIRC.
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:04 AM
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In the old days before ELC's I used Fleetrite strips from IH and checked it every 6 months and add the additive as needed, don't use those pre-charged coolant filters to regulate SCA's. These test strips have a very short shelf life so don't buy the 50 pack, and be sure to inspect the date before paying for them. But to be honest with you, why not switch over to a ELC and never have to test again? This is also a good time to add a coolant filter, change the upper rad hose to one from a dual alt truck so it goes around the fan belt and not through it.
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I have had nothing but trouble from NAPA test kits. They're always expired. I ordered these:
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and have had great success. Plus it comes with 50 strips (compared NAPAs 5).
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Question Changing to ELC

What do you have to do to change from the older style antifreeze to the newer ELC stuff. Besides draining and flushing the radiator and heater core.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:06 AM
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What do you have to do to change from the older style antifreeze to the newer ELC stuff. Besides draining and flushing the radiator and heater core.
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A good flush should cover it if you have a 99.5+ PSD.

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Just a good flush, pick your method, as long as you end up with nothing but distilled water and coolant in the system you will be fine.

The test strips weren't the issue, somebody at Napa needed to pull their head out and look at the exp date, it is on the bottle for a reason. I have had that problem before but I never paid for them. What good is 50 going to do you when they expire before you can ever possibly use them all? Now if you can arrange a group buy it might be worth it.....YMMV.................?
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Yup I bought the 50 pack and passed em around
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