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Old 05-19-2011, 06:44 PM
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Can someone explain the coolant flush process?

After spending about an hour searching for coolant flush methods, I think I'm thoroughly confused.

I started a few weeks ago with this...

After watching it, it seemed pretty obvious. I had planned on getting the MC Gold Coolant. After doing more reading, I see the downfalls of the gold coolant. My local NAPA carries the Zerex ZXED1 (ELC) and that's what I'm planning to buy; in concentrate form!

I've been seeing people using either the ford VC-9 or a "Restore" system (haven't found specifics on this tho).

Can someone please explain to me (or point me to a thread) the ENTIRE process from start to finish for my 6.0 PSD? I was told by the previous owner that the truck had been converted to some other coolant previously and was not using the MC gold stuff. It's currently got a green/yellow coolant in it.


I just want to make sure I get the correct stuff I need and know exactly how much of everything I'll need.
Thank you!

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Old 05-19-2011, 06:52 PM
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If you want to take care of your truck and not be confused stay away from that site and ignore that fool.

Read the first link in my signature and then go read this. Flushing and Cleaning the 6.0

Then you'll know what to do and why you are doing it.

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Old 05-19-2011, 07:08 PM
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Thanks for the info; That's exactly what I needed. I'll skip the VC-9 if the Restore+ does the same stuff. Where can I get Restore/+? Also, I'll run to Walmart and grab some distilled water. Any idea of roughly how many gallons I'll need? 20? Thanks!
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Was that a joke or what to make a youtube like that, that takes the cake
But i think he said he watch Ford do it the same way
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:49 AM
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That guy is an a$$ hat and just likes to hear himself blah blah blah. Probably sits home and watches himself at night with a 6 pack and microwave popcorn.

Dante, the Restore and Restore Plus are Cummins products. You may be able to get them at a shop that does Cummins work but I recommend you look up the nearest Cummins Parts Distribution Center. They will have it for sure. If you have trouble finding it call one of the truck shops and ask them where they get their Cummins parts and get the number from them. Napa has the Zerex ELC under part#ZXED1. If not on the shelf give them that part number and they can have it there the next day. That seems to be the easiest to get but any ELC antifreeze that displays the Cat EC-1 rating will work.

Distilled water around 20-24 gallons should do.

When you run the cleaners make sure you block off the radiator and get the temps up to 190*-200* so they can do their job. They need the heat.

Any questions you have just post up. Somebody here will steer you in the right direction.
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I picked up the ZXED1 ELC coolant today and I'm headed to the Cummins dealer to grab some Restore here shortly. As for the VC-9, I have to get it from Ford as the Cummins dealer doesn't have the Restore+ stuff...

[edit] Just got the Restore stuff, I'll have to get the VC-9 in the morning from the dealer. Since I have a coolant filter installed, I bought a new one and will install after the coolant change. My big question is will I have to change the filter again sometime soon (ie, within a few hundred miles after the coolant change)? I keep reading about people switching them out after a little bit after adding one. I am planning a 1400 mile trip next weekend so if I've gotta switch it out, I need to grab another one.

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I just got my Restore and Restore+ (Fleetguard brand) from a company called FleetPride.. Go to Find a FleetPride Location and see if there are branches near you. I went there yesterday and they didn't have it. Had it for me today at 8 am. Didn't need it that fast, but it shows how willing they are to help you. As for the Restore and Restore+.. The part numbers (FleetGuard) are CC2610 (Restore) and CC2638(Restore+). Hopefully that was of some help. For both it was 66.64 with 6.25% sales tax.
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