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Old 08-04-2013, 06:42 PM
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coolant filter?

hey guys, the water pump blew out on my truck this past weekend and I had a couple questions about the coolant filtration kit....just curious if people noticed a difference who ran them. I bought the truck about three years ago and the previous owner had just replaced the pump then....I would think it should last longer than three years....ive been skeptical on the filter kit, but after this, maybe it is worth it? also, ive seen some talk about switching coolant to ELC? what are the benefits of that? thanks!
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:46 PM
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Filter - yes. My pump lasted 11yrs till I snapped off a bolt in it
Then a reman didn't last long, so I bought new.
Cat EC-1 rated coolant requires no maintenance (basically) where as your regular green requires a lot, whether you know it or not.
Also, green is not diesel rated, Cat EC-1 specifically is diesel rated.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:51 PM
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ok, looks like I will be making the coolant switch...what about the 203* thermostat?
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Here is the ELC I got at O'Riley's. And I used a sinister coolant filter on my 6.0. Peace of mind knowing it is there

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Just be sure to get the concentrated coolant.
I use the 203*F thermostat. I had puking issues from the degass bottle, but just from the additional heat in Texas summer. Finally found a good coolant level. Needed? No. Do I like it? Yea.
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Just be sure to get the concentrated coolant.
I use the 203*F thermostat. I had puking issues from the degass bottle, but just from the additional heat in Texas summer. Finally found a good coolant level. Needed? No. Do I like it? Yea.
Yes for coolant filter
Def ELC - I got zerex from NAPA
Same as jesilvas for 203 - didn't need it but glad I got it

Look at this for routing your coolant filter
Best hose routing for coolant filter

I bought my coolant filter kit and since it is T'ed into my degas I've noticed the warm up has been out of whack - as the link above states it bypasses the t-stat - so I'm re-routing my line out of the coolant filter
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Yay, glad to see my threads linked
Also, get the upper radiator hose for DUAL alternators.
And get the dieselsite billet thermostat housing no matter what t-stat you get
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DO NOT waste your money on a 203* stat... If your stock, leave the stock stat in there. If your modded go with the 180* stat...

As to coolant...

I run the green stuff with precharged coolant filters. In 1.5 million miles I have never had a coolant related failure.
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DO NOT waste your money on a 203* stat... If your stock, leave the stock stat in there. If your modded go with the 180* stat...

As to coolant...

I run the green stuff with precharged coolant filters. In 1.5 million miles I have never had a coolant related failure.
^^ agreed. 203* T-stat did nothing for my truck except make the AC awful in the summer.

As far ELC's, Cat EC-1, Navistar B-1, and Cummins 14603 are the dominant specs and odds are most coolants that meet one (ie. Delo ELC) meets all of them. As mentioned above they require less maintenance than green or gold. Currently I am running Zerex G-05 (same thing as MC gold) but I will be swapping to ELC cause I am selling the truck to my father and the test strips will be one less thing for him to deal with.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:26 AM
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My AC is still great in the Texas summer.
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