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Which coolant should I get?

Which coolant and how much? Should I just do 4 gallons of a certain brand if I’m doing a full system flush? I’ve been trying to find a good ECL rated brand but a lot pop up. What do y’all recommend the most?
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I use Caterpillar ELC Concentrate + Distilled Water.

Pick the ELC up at a local CAT Dealer. The Distilled Water from...anywhere. Dollar General sells 1 Gallon for $1.

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Flush the system like you lost something in there. Pull the freeze plugs. There are write-ups on here to make it easier (including the Fumoto Valves to save you a lot of time). Flush. Flush. And Flush some more.

I did the High Idle mod to my #4 Upfitter Switch. Monitored Temps via a Wireless OBDII adapter and Forscan on my laptop. Truck outside. Me in the shop drinking beer.

Occasionally I'd go crank the heater to flush whatever might be in the Heater Core since I was already along for the ride.

Then I'd drain, fill, run it and flush again. I used Restore and Restore+ (it's a thing from the Cummins world, IIRC. Ford makes their own "Flush" solution. The products I used require the truck to be kept running, at temps, for 2 or so hours. Hence my setup).

It might be overkill, depends on who you ask and how much beer, I mean, time you have.

I had a lot of beer and kept repeating until I ran out of distilled water. I honestly spent all day doing it because I had nothing better to do for the day and I *STILL* got **** out of my coolant filter.

I was going to put a new Thermostat in when I filled everything up for the last time so I can't remember if I left it out during the flushes. Been too long.

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I know for a fact my truck has the ford green stuff in it stuff looked like pure Mountain Dew coming out when I took my degas off to get to the o reliable FICM. I bought the truck at a 188k so means the previous owner did not do a coolant change or flush because when I changed the oil filter out a few months back with an oil change I called and asked him if he ever changed the filter on the oil changes and he said he just cleaned the old one and reused it. That oil filter was so damn black when I removed it. I’ve been trying my best to nurse this truck back to life with the little bit of money I get.

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CAT EC-1 spec ELC
CAT, Rotella, Texaco/Havoline, are all good. Get concentrate since you'll never get all the water out. You have to pull both block plugs during the flush. A Fumoto F108-N on the right side makes it so you only have to drop the starter once. Fill N drain with distilled after using a garden hose, then fill with 3 1/2 gal of concentrate, top off with distilled and top of remaining concentrate for a gal of 50/50 for top offs later.

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I've got nothing against CAT. I own CAT equipment. But for my truck I use Final Charge by PEAK. I can find it anywhere, any day of the week. More than 300K using it with NO PROBLEMS.

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BTW Tractor Supply carries Rotella ELC concentrate for about $18 gal
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BTW Tractor Supply carries Rotella ELC concentrate for about $18 gal

This exact one?
https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Some guys have used that. This is the one I used... (just make sure to get concentrate and be sure it's CAT EC-1 spec)
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...tifreeze-1-gal

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I've been using CAT ELC now for about 5K miles. A little too early to tell you my thoughts, but I heard nothing but good things and seemed to be highly recommended here so that's what I went with. I noticed no issues thus far.
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Honestly recommend a you can procure locally. That way if something happens, a leak in a hose, head gaskets later down the road, or need more on the install, you can just go back to the store and get it.

Only exception I'd make is Zerex Extended Life is CAT EC1 rated, but is low silicates, so you risk those dropping out. I found out two weeks after I swapped mine to ZEREX Extended life, which I got at NAPA. I've since seen Peak available locally. I won't mix them, still have the Zerex, and have added no coolant since doing this a couple years ago.

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