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Old 09-12-2013, 06:36 PM
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Check Coolant Additive Message

So As it says my check Coolant Message came on the other day. Can i just reset it or do I need to take it to the dealer????

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Old 09-12-2013, 06:52 PM
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You need to read you'd owners manual.


There are test strips that you or the dealer can use to see if your coolant has the right concentration of something (sorry can't think what the something is right now) and from there you either reset the msg, or add the additive and reset the msg.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:34 PM
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I read the manual about the strips but nothing about resetting the message. I even read it a second time tonight to make sure. Or I'm just blind.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:30 PM
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The dealer will check the coolant for you, but more than likely it's fine. Never hurts to be sure though and since my dealer did the test at no charge I didn't mind bringing it in
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Mine has come on several times in the last 2k miles. The truck is a 12 with currently 12k miles on it. I've reset it about 3 times but the dealer will see it shortly
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Twinjracing, search this forum for threads on this, there is a wealth of information that will be helpful. I have roughly 12,300 miles on mine and the message appeared. With the help of this forum, I was able to determine exactly what needed to be done, myself. All depends on your preference on maintaining your truck, but if you're like me, I do as much as I'm capable.

Did mine last night, with the 2 kits from Rotunda (...0001 and ...0008 I believe). The biggest PITA was extracting coolant from the petc*ck at the bottom of the radiator on the passenger side, for the nitrite and freeze point test (kit 0001). This is the drain valve for the secondary cooling system. Not sure what the engineers were thinking on that one. The drain valve on the drivers side is much easier. Also, since this is the first time I've done this, the chart provided to compare your test strip against (for the nitrite test), could have provided more detail/explanation on how to interpret/match my results against said chart. Mine showed no color at all, which means NO NITRITES, which is where you want to be on BOTH cooling systems.

Again, search this forum, and hopefully find the information you need. It really isn't a bad DIY maintenance item.
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:11 AM
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Oh, and as far as resetting the message, it is easily done through the dash control. That said, I don't recall the exact navigation but it was in the same place where you reset your fuel filter reminder....I believe under Information -> Maintenance.....?
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:57 AM
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Thanks for the info.
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My check coolant additive message came on the first time shortly after i hit 12k miles. It's a 2013, but every time I crank her the message is there. Is this normal? I plan om taking it in to get it checked and on the records.
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Like said above it is just a maintenance thing and can be reset just like an oil change would in the same spot in the dash display.
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