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I have a fresh supply of yellow trash bags that have "HAZARDOUS WASTE'' printed on them in big black letters.
Cut two holes in them and use them for pants
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Heck with it...I'm just going to take all of the coolant out and replace it with new stuff
Rich,

You may alrady know this, but just in case you don't, the FC takes roughly 15 gallons (60 quarts) of antifreeze. Just dropping it out of the radiator will give you about 8 gallons. The rest of it is in the loops that run to the water heater and through the chassis heat exchangers. This is not so easy to get out. I was going to purge all of it, but after a person far more knowledgeable then me checked it, he recommended I just ad SCAs and monitor it regularly. So far, so good.

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You may alrady know this, but just in case you don't, the FC takes roughly 15 gallons (60 quarts) of antifreeze. Just dropping it out of the radiator will give you about 8 gallons. The rest of it is in the loops that run to the water heater and through the chassis heat exchangers. This is not so easy to get out. I was going to purge all of it, but after a person far more knowledgeable then me checked it, he recommended I just ad SCAs and monitor it regularly. So far, so good.

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Close the red handles gage valves to the chassis heater loop. drain the 8 gallons as Bill suggests, replace with a fresh new 8 gallons and check the SCA, In the next 12 to 18 months something else behind the radiator may need service, Rad, hoses, water pump, alternator, etc, then again dump 8 gallons and replace with fresh coolant. Anytime you open the rad replace the 8 gallons. Just another inexpensive way to go .
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I have green anti freeze in her now, but I'm not sure if its the right green anti freeze (according to a past post explaining all the different types) Man, I hope my Cat dosen't eat my Bird
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I have green anti freeze in her now, but I'm not sure if its the right green anti freeze (according to a past post explaining all the different types) Man, I hope my Cat dosen't eat my Bird
Probably better to stay with the universal green. I use Fleetguard concentrate.

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Mine had green. When I did the test strips, nothing showed up that was supposed to. My bus had 2 new owners in the 6 months prior to my purchase and I figured one of them "changed the fluids" and in the process added car green instead of truck stuff.

I just changed it with some fleet charge and distilled water. Now at least I have additional peace of mind.
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Isn't the Cat stuff a purple color?
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Isn't the Cat stuff a purple color?
CAT ELC is red, not sure what color their regular coolant is. I have some Fleetgaurd coolant that is purple.
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Yep,
Purple it is
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I just came across this on another site. I have always had trouble finding the test strips in small quantities. Finally I found a KW dealer in Tucson that sells the individual strips for just over $1.00. Buying a bottle is crazy as they go bad so quickly. NAPA and Cat only sell in 50 lots. Same for Penray. The person in this link is a Fleetguard (Cummins Fitration) engineer specializing in filters and coolants. I have not seen his posts anywhere other than IRV2.net. His comments on air filters are also interesting.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f123/flee...02b-92876.html

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