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Who checks their coolant additive???

I was just wondering if any of ya'll check your coolant additive? I check mine twice a year to make sure that it is a the correct level so I don't start getting cavitation in the engine block.

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Yeah I check mine about the same

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Yeah I check mine about the same
Thats great! All it takes to test it is to buy the fleetguard or baldwin test strips to test then add the additive from the dealer, if needed.

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i check mine periodcly I have a loaded coolant filter that releases additives through its life, I replace the filter once a year

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Yeah - take care of the truck the truck takes care of you.

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Can someone explain this additive in more detail for me. I have not been told anything about it before. My 03 F-450 is the first desiel I have owned. Trying to take proper care of it. I'm learning alot on this sight. - Thanks, Ol Red
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I check mine every few months

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I dump coolant too often to warrant checking.

It's always gettin' fresh additive, and a filter to try and keep it clean...

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Can someone explain this additive in more detail for me. I have not been told anything about it before. My 03 F-450 is the first desiel I have owned. Trying to take proper care of it. I'm learning alot on this sight. - Thanks, Ol Red
diesel engines have a nasty habit of wearing small holes into the cylinder bores starting from the coolant side of the liner and working its way in towards the piston, this is called by "cavitation" some engines are worse than others. I have been told a couple of different things on what actually causes the cavitation. One theory was that it is caused by an electric spark that is created by the piston moving up and down. the other theory I have heard is that it is caused by air bubbles that form in the coolant that are created through vibrations from the movement of the piston. weather either one of those theories is right I'm not sure, but the main point is that the coolant additive helps stop this cavitation.

I check mine at every service.

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I dump coolant too often to warrant checking.

It's always gettin' fresh additive, and a filter to try and keep it clean...
Becarefull not to put too much aditive in. if you get to much in there the additive can settle out in a powder form and stop up hoses and passages in your engine.

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