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Coolant Additive

What is the purpose of the coolant additive? I asked to different dealerships here locally and nobody knows anything. I guess that my 6 year old son could go to work for ford tomorrow since they know nothing about what they sell and service.

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Helps to keep the Cylinder walls from Pitting and flaking.

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CSI is right
You should be able to go to the parts counter and ask for it , who cares if they know what it does.

I have the privelege of dealing with a very knowledgable (PSDer no less) NAPA parts man, it does make a difference
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The additive you are refering to is part #FW 16 available at your local
Ford dealer.You could go on the website www.cat.com which is a Catapillar website and get the CAT extended life coolant which is a pre-mix for about 6bucks a gallon.The Psd has a cavitation problem which introduces air bubbles in the system and causes pinholes in the cylinder walls.That can't be good.There is a write up on Steve Baz's website detailing all of this much better than I have.I'm putor illiterate or I would post a link for you.Maybe one of the oldtimers will step up and post a link.It can also cause your temp gauge to fluctuate.I've learned alot on this website,ain't it great. Good Luck. Yankee Rebel:HappyMugs
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Heres a link to Steves page. Loaded with info.

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The additive you are refering to is part #FW 16 available at your local
Ford dealer.You could go on the website www.cat.com which is a Catapillar website and get the CAT extended life coolant which is a pre-mix for about 6bucks a gallon.The Psd has a cavitation problem which introduces air bubbles in the system and causes pinholes in the cylinder walls.That can't be good.There is a write up on Steve Baz's website detailing all of this much better than I have.I'm putor illiterate or I would post a link for you.Maybe one of the oldtimers will step up and post a link.It can also cause your temp gauge to fluctuate.I've learned alot on this website,ain't it great. Good Luck. Yankee Rebel:HappyMugs



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What are the problems with running straight coolant rather than 50/50? The reason why I asked is the parts house told us that it held 4 gallons of coolant and 4 gallons of water well they are wrong. We dumped all the coolant in and guess what it is full.

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That means you didn't flush completely and that you didn't completely empty the system. Or that the 6.0 doesn't hold as much as the 7.3 . . .

Did you open the heater controls? Did you do any sort of flush procedure?

When I did mine, it held about 7.5 gallons total. I would pour in a gallon of coolant then a gallon of distilled water. On the last of each, I went by quarts until I topped it off, erring on the side of caution; which in this case meant adding more coolant than water. I came out right around 48% coolant according to the refractometer. All this after I had run 20 gallons of water through the system.

Did you switch coolant types (not brands, types)?

You could soon have fetid brew goo in your cooling system if you did so and didn't get the other stuff out first.

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Heres a link to Steves page. Loaded with info.

http://pages.prodigy.net/stevebaz/_i...az/index3.html
If you go to the website it will go into detail about what you need to do,the coolant is not the problem.You run an additive to keep the alkaline levels where they need to be. Thanks for the compliment Race Hauler,I have to have a grill guard to get behind the loads Chevys and Dodges are pulling and push them up the hills.
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