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post #1 of 37 Old 12-17-2012, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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I put in dex-cool elc, did I f*ck up?

I've seen in many threads that as long as the coolant is ELC rated its good to go. I was having work done on my truck and my Mechanic said he'd throw in a coolant flush since I asked about it (paid for with a case of beer). I had to get it to him quick while his service manager was out for that day so he could work it in for me. I looked for cat elc and xerex but couldn't find any so I figured dex-cool would work.
Well I started thinking and searched on here, didn't find much besides in the 7.3 section.

Did I make a screw up? Should I flush and order CAT's elc ASAP?

Help is appreciated, I just got my truck back today from the dealership.



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I would flush, owners manual says that dexcool isn't compatible with the seals in the 6.4...

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Gotchya. Anybody have ny input or experience with dex cool in our trucks?


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I don't think dexcool is designed for use in Diesel engines, doesn't contain the right additives to prevent cavitation and It might turn it to sludge by adding DCAs, but that's a big debate topic also...sorry I don't have any real experiences for ya...

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I personally would flush it out and refill with the right stuff. ITs better than having problems down the road

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Ive had dex-cool in mine for over a year without any issues

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For what its worth

wat kind of coolant???

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id follow the manual. it may work for a while... one, two, five years? but over time may have some negative effect?

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Thanks for the above help, man this forum has made me very diesel savy!


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I have had dex cool in trucks that have come in with overheating issues when we flushed them massive chunks of red like clay was pouring out I would flush the crap out of it ASAP
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