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Default Fluid Analysis - Critical on Coolant?

I am about to fly down to TX to pick up an M380. During the inspection process, I had a fluid analysis completed. The oil and tranny fluid came back good but the coolant for the engine and the generator came back critical for both contaminants and ratio. The seller attempted to get it in but the local place is backed up. I am on a time crunch do to work commitments, otherwise I would just search around until I found a way to have it serviced or find a place to do it myself.

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I had a fleeting thought just now...SpeedCo?

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Where in Tx? Look up Inland Truck Parts they do a lot of service and may be able to squeeze you in (I've used the one in Austin and they are a great bunch). There is also a thread with bird service locations via a map..here it is:

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...ad.php?t=25993
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X2 on Inland Truck, especially the Denton,TX location. I wouldn't worry about driving it as is at least to a place where I could get the coolant changed.
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If this is the one near San Antonio, Seguin diesel in Seguin may not be too far. After reading all the recent posts about head problems on these models I might get the computer history checked to see what temperatures it was run at. If the fluid is contaminated I'd be interested to know why.
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I would certainly make a satisfactory resolution of any fluid related issues a contingency to final purchase.
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X2 on Inland Truck, especially the Denton,TX location. I wouldn't worry about driving it as is at least to a place where I could get the coolant changed.
I will second that!! Great guys and Gals!!!
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Where in Tx? Look up Inland Truck Parts they do a lot of service and may be able to squeeze you in (I've used the one in Austin and they are a great bunch). There is also a thread with bird service locations via a map..here it is:

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...ad.php?t=25993
The rig is in Kerrville. I will be headed west on I10 then up through Odessa.

Thank you for that link!
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This is the engine coolant report: Suggest cleaning this system with a cleaner designed to remove deposits from a cooling system, then flush 3-5 times with water, and install new recommended coolant; Copper is at a SEVERE level, copper can attack the other metals in the cooling system; Copper sources may be corrosion or erosion of the radiator (tubes, top tank, side-plates), heat exchanger, oil cooler, charge air cooler, thermostat, and/or residual from a previous issue. The glycol level is too high for proper heat transfer. This may be due to water evaporation from an air leak, adding concentrate to the system, or improper dilution.
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This is the generator coolant report: Suggest flushing this system with water that meets specifications and install new recommended coolant; Aluminum is at a SEVERE LEVEL; Aluminum sources may be corrosion or erosion of the radiator, heat exchanger, oil cooler, charge air cooler, thermostat, and/or residual from a previous issue. The glycol level is too low for freeze point and boil point protection. This may be due to improper top off or dilution. The nitrite level is low which may be due to precipitation from over treatment with inhibitor, an air leak, over extending service, or mixing coolant formulations. Tin corrosion is at a MODERATE level; Tin sources may be corrosion of solder in the radiator, heat exchanger, oil cooler, flux, and/or residual from a previous issue. This coolant has a burnt odor which may indicate a localized overheating problem or may be residual from a previous issue.
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At least in part, it seems that age of the fluid and poor attention to proper ratios could be the cause.
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