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Old 01-21-2014, 05:16 AM
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Coolant-Additive add and/or Flush mileage

Wanting to know what mileage the coolant test strips are telling guys you need to add your first dose of coolant additive.

If you have added the additive how long before you had to add your second dose.

After adding your second dose, how long did it last before having to be flushed.

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Old 01-21-2014, 08:10 AM
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Im not sure but I think you can only dose it twice before having to change it out. Im curious as well, just got the truck and gotta figure out all the maintenance im gonna have to do. Alot more then my old gas pot!
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:28 AM
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Yeah you can only add the additive twice over the life of the coolant. I'm just looking to see about when guys had to add to theirs since I have a used 2011 w/50K miles on it so I can take a guess as to if it has had the additive put in once, twice, or never. I ordered the test kit from the Rotunda website last night.
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Which test kit did you order? The one that cost $50?
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:33 AM
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According to what I have read on several sources there is actually two kits/sets of strips that are required. This is what I bought. About $75.

328-R071-ELC ANTIFREEZE COOLANT ELC CONTAMINATION KIT

328-2050-62291 3 Way HD ANTIFREEZE COOLANT TEST KIT - 1 BOTTLE AND 1 KIT 6

I put in the following part numbers into the Rotunda website and it gave me the most current part.
328-00001- Nitrite Contamination (Ensures noone put Gold or other coolant in) and %Glycol (Freeze Protection)
328-00008- Coolant Reserve Alkalinity and Coolant Inhibitor Concentration (If this is low then you put in the additive....I think)
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:26 AM
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I bought my truck with 11k on it and the check coolant additive light just came on at 25k. I have no idea if its already had the additive or not. Hate to say it but im taking it to ford for this one haha. Anybody know what ford charges for the service?
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I took my truck to the closest dealer to where I live, not where I bought it, after the "check coolant" message came up. I had called them and a service writer told me to just drop by, no appointment needed!!! I park in the lot, go in and talk to the service people, they have a guy bring a test kit out to the lot and he asks me to open the hood. He checks the coolant in two places with the strips, jumps into the cab to reset the message and tells me the coolant is fine and to have a nice day. No charge.

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I had dealership test mine at 25,000 miles and they said it was still good. Took the truck back in at 35,000 miles to get a balance & rotation. Got them to test the coolant again. They tell me it is still OK.

I wish there was a better way to determine when this stuff needs to be rejuvenated. I guess I'll need to buy my own test kit and DIY.
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I just checked mine at dealership with 67,000 and it was still okay according to them.

This topic has to be one of the most confusing regarding our trucks, there is very little guidance out there and even my friends at our dealership have a hard time keeping their straight.
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I took my truck to the closest dealer to where I live, not where I bought it, after the "check coolant" message came up. I had called them and a service writer told me to just drop by, no appointment needed!!! I park in the lot, go in and talk to the service people, they have a guy bring a test kit out to the lot and he asks me to open the hood. He checks the coolant in two places with the strips, jumps into the cab to reset the message and tells me the coolant is fine and to have a nice day. No charge.

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Wow, thought this checking the coolant thing was a big deal. Think im just going to buy the strips and do it myself and see what it says.
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