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What is this coolant test strip telling me?

So Friday I drain a couple gallons out of the coolant system to get ready to clean out the degass bottle. I figured this would be a good time to test the coolant with the coolant test strips I just ordered. So I follow the test strip directions exactly as described and get results that don't make sense to me (photo). The coolant appears to be good to -60F, but the color for the nitrite doesn't even appear on the chart. I used another test strip and got the same results. I then tested brand new coolant straight from the jug and got the exact same results. I'm thinking the test strips I got are junk. Anyone have any ideas? I think I'm going to call the company and complain, but just want to make sure I'm not missing something obvious.

I did end up removing the degass bottle to try and clean out some of the stuff on the bottle walls. What I didn't realize was the bottle is baffled, so I could only reach a small portion with a rag to wipe the walls. I tried simple green and purple degreaser/cleaner and it had absolutely no effect on the crap in the bottle. Bummed about that
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Its telling you that you need to flush and refill with a cat coolant . I dont know about those test strips but i have heard that sometimes ford gold doesnt have enough nitrates when its brand new, Are you planning on flushing and refilling? How many miles on that coolant?

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Lol. The truck only has 47K miles and I don't want to flush and refill yet. Reading the fush and fill process on here sounds like a huge PITA. I was hoping the nitrites would be good, but using the test strips left me with more questions than answers.

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I have never used those test strips bud so i am not sure how they should look. Keep us posted.

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I had similar results using those test strips on my 35k mile truck. I wasn't sure, so I performed a full Restore & Restore+ flush. The Restore did clean up much of the gunk that had built up inside the degass bottle.

I decided on a full flush since I purchased the truck used - I wanted to be sure the right stuff was in it and the system was clean!

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I had similar results using those test strips on my 35k mile truck. I wasn't sure, so I performed a full Restore & Restore+ flush. The Restore did clean up much of the gunk that had built up inside the degass bottle.

I decided on a full flush since I purchased the truck used - I wanted to be sure the right stuff was in it and the system was clean!

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Thanks for the info Mike. Looks like I'll end up doing the same thing. This whole coolant thing sucks

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Thanks for the info Mike. Looks like I'll end up doing the same thing. This whole coolant thing sucks
The good thing is when you flush and switch to an cat ELC you are good for a while

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The good thing is when you flush and switch to an cat ELC you are good for a while

I know, I just hate the thought of the time and money to do it How long is that coolant good for?

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300,000 or so???

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Of course I'm handy under the hood, I currently own a cummins.

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300,000? Wow, no kidding? Why the freak doesn't Ford use this from the start Will this void the warranty?

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