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Coolant choices

There seems to be questions that come up regularly about the right coolant for your 6.0 or 6.4 Most guys recommend Cat EC-1 ELC because the silicates in Ford Gold/G05 have been suspected of dropping out of suspension and clogging oil coolers. That said, the Zerex ELC has silicates, it looks like it's the only Cat rated coolant that does. Also some brands have different corrosion packages so it's not a good idea to mix coolants. I found this chart some time back and it may help you guys with coolant questions. http://www.eetcorp.com/antifreeze/Coolants_matrix.pdf
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I have an 05 F350 6.0 Powerstroke I bought a few years back. I went to Wal-Mart one day and was pulling out of the parking spot driving forward, when I ran into a handicap cart someone had left in the right front blind spot (have 3.5" lift). It cut my lower radiator hose and lost all coolant. Fortunately was only a mile from the house. Repaired the hose..went to local Advance Store..guy says "computer says Ford Gold coolant." Put it in...ran for 2 days then it starts belching smoke and I'm losing water like no one's business. Do research, find that the EGR and Oil Cooler are bad? So, pulled the oil cooler and EGR...the coolant had turned into gel like baby diaper stuff and clogged everything. No repair possible except to replace. $900 later after extensive research, I use only CAT Red 50 now and it has been fine since. It seems only the CAT coolant has the make up needed to handle the heat and stresses for everyday driving as well as pulling - at least from my experience.

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For some reason I can't see the chart, I'm supposed to buy the caterpillar coolant today and wonder if that is a good choice in the chart?

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Shell Ultra ELC is my recommendation for the 6.0 .
Got mine from Keller Heartt Oil.
https://www.kellerheartt.com/Shell-O...FTNlUifQ%3D%3D

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I myself bought the CAT EC1 because that is what everyone else is copying. Why not use the real stuff, that said if I couldn't get it I would go with the Shell Rotella and nothing else. I just don't trust generic stuff at all.


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I chose the Rotella ELC because of price (~$15/gallon of concentrated) and availability since it's carried at most Tractor Supply stores. I've used Shell products for many years and never had a complaint.
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So rotella elc is better than the cat brand?

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So rotella elc is better than the cat brand?
Better? No but they are the same spec.
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When I switched to Cat ELC I noticed the rusty looking residue in the bottom of my degas bottle disappeared within a couple weeks. Has anyone noticed if the Rotella or Zerex accomplishes the same thing?


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When I switched to Cat ELC I noticed the rusty looking residue in the bottom of my degas bottle disappeared within a couple weeks. Has anyone noticed if the Rotella or Zerex accomplishes the same thing?
Never noticed it, maybe the red just hides the rust? Zerex is different though, part of the reason for this thread

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