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Old 12-28-2013, 05:53 PM
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Soap in coolant...

I have recently flushed my cooling system and switched to zerex cat-ELC1.
soon after that conversion I was doing work on my cooling system and in that process I used a very small amount of a soap type product (muti-purpose cleaner) as an aid in installing fittings in heater hoses. my anti freeze solution is now creating a great deal of bubbles or foam. is there something I can add to my solution to de-foam it without compromising the coolant? I just flushed and put in the ELC and would like to not have to go through that time and expense again if possible.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:21 PM
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Their is a defoaming agent that the oil field uses down hole but Im not too sure Id want to leave it in my motor. If you want I can find out exactly what it is called and get back with you.
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:45 AM
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Thanks Kinnisoj,
info cant hurt, I am hoping to not have to re-flush my system but will do what ever has to be done. I doubt if there was a 1/4 teaspoon total of this soap substance but it upset the balance enough to cause a great deal of foaming. I drained a half gallon out a shook the crtap out of it and I can turn it into pure foam, it settles back out fairly quick but I am sure the water pump agitates it enough for it to stay foamy in system.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:37 AM
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Ill look into it Monday. If you don't hear back from me give me a yell.
When my wife and I were just first married and living in base housing on Guam, I cleaned up the kitchen for her before she came home one time, you know trying to be a good hubby and all. Well I loaded the dish washer but could not find the dish washer detergent. So I grabbed the regular Palmolive dish detergent. I figured what the heck it's all dish cleaning right....well not so much. The soap bubbles were within about 2 foot of the celing! And starting to go into the dining room. It looked like something off of a citcom.
That dishwasher had to run like 4 or 5 times to get that soap outta there. When I read your post you got me to thinking back about this and gave me a chuckle.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:54 AM
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Safely no not that Ive heard of. Best option is to flush it with water multiple times and refill with coolant
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Yea Dave, I kinda knew that but was hoping against odds...I just put this coolant in 200 miles back. put in a DIY Coolant filter now and this is when I soaped it...dumb move I know...so a flush is what I will do...LOL
Any body want a good buy on some "CLEAN" CAT ELC?
Thanks everyone
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:49 PM
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it would be good for information purposes, but I will probably just flush it anyway.
I would still appreciate the info.
Thank you...
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I am not sure about this as I have not tried it BUT cascade has anti foam and blends with soap well. this i know
also others have had success running a little cascade in a flush.
so perhaps doing a caascade flush would really remove the scale in your coolant system AND bind with the soap to both settle the foam and remove it upon flush?
seems logical but...consider the source

just noticed the age of this last post....recent posts huh?
well putting it out there anyways as the theory seems sound...ish
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:59 AM
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just noticed the age of this last post....recent posts huh?
as did I

recent ? well it is now
john galt likes this.
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Take the degas cap off and let it idle is my only idea. Mabye it will push it out!
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