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Lightbulb Coolant Flush: Do it yourself or pay someone

So I've been reading about a coolant flush and a switch to ELC and it seems like a long and involved process. I am pretty mechanical and would have no problem doing it but just not sure if I have the time right now. I'm wondering what the cost is to do it myself (parts/supplies) vs paying a diesel shop to do it for me. I don't even have a drain pan yet so I'd have to buy that as well!! Just wanted to get some feedback.
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The only way to know it was done right is to do it yourself.
I measured the bumper height, went to wally world and bought one of those big plastic storage containers as a drain pan that would slide under the bumper enough to be able to drain the petc-o-c-k and be able to flip the lower radiator hose into. Worked great.
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I look at it this way if you want something done right you need to do it yourself
48 gallons distilled water Walmart at .62= $29.76
4 Gallons Delo ELC $14.57= $58.28
1 New Ford t/stat $21.00= $21.00
1 Gallon Restore $31.00= $31.00
1 Gallon Restore+ $31.00= $31.00
12 1/2 hrs. of My Time Priceless = $00.00
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Not trying to hijack but has anyone switched to the ELC while still under warranty? Has the dealer void your warranty?
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Not trying to hijack but has anyone switched to the ELC while still under warranty? Has the dealer void your warranty?
My feelings are that (at least with the Zerex ELC) it says International. International built the engine, therefore they can't void your warranty because of that.
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No they can not void the warranty for using ELC any more than they can for not using Motorcraft oil. The Cat EC-1 spec is beyond the spec for the G-05.

The flush is a time consuming process but it is not technically challenging. As others have stated, the only way to know for sure that it is done right is do it yourself.
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Not trying to hijack but has anyone switched to the ELC while still under warranty? Has the dealer void your warranty?
I have 3 years of warrant left did the flush running ELC coolant the good red stuff i hope i don't need it but if i do i have 3 gallons of the Gold junk in the shop
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What do you think it would cost for a diesel shop to do the flush for me? I have one a few miles away. Need to start developing a relationship with them anyway.



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Considering what is involved, figure at least 500 bucks.
It can take a full day to do it right.
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