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How much for coolant test at Ford?

I'm thinking about taking my truck in to have Ford test the coolant since my attempt at using the strips failed. Anyone know what they will charge to do this? I almost think I'd be better off flushing with VC-9 and putting 4 new gallons in it. I have almost 50k on it now.

Do coolant filters filter the nitrates out? Or does it not affect the nitrates?

Man these forums can make you paranoid about this stuff.

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I wouldn't trust Ford to do it.

I went to our local dealership just to buy the strips and they had never heard of them.
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At that mileage i would just flush the system and put new coolant. I dont believe the coolant filter filters out the nitrates. I think a coolant filter is a good investment.

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seafordguy, I was kind of thinking they wouldn't have a clue, but if they could do it I didn't want to go down there and have them charge me like $100 or some nonsense.

04hdfatboy, I do have the dieselsite coolant filter already. I just got to thinking about what all it filters out. I guess the nitrates are too small for the filter to catch.

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Anyone know what Ford charges for the Gold coolant? Or would I be better off buying it and the VC-9 online somewhere? I'm not ready to switch to a different coolant just because of my warranty.

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You could also use the zerex G-05 coolant. It is the same as ford gold and may be a little cheaper. WHen i flushed my system i got the VC-9 from ford. You need 2 quarts. That stuff is not cheap.

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Yea, I saw the VC-9 online for $18 a quart. Crazy expensive!

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I just called my local Ford delear and the service guy that answered the phone didn't have a clue what I was talking about when I mentioned testing for the nitrates. He had to get with the diesel tech and call me back. $45 to test the coolant. That's about what I figured. Then if it needs additives I'm guessing they'd probably charge another $45. I think for about $100 I can flush and refill and not have to worry about for a long time.

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Yea i would just change out the coolant. Its a good idea anyway.

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