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Old 07-06-2012, 03:23 PM
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Is There A Downside to Using ELC Cat-EC-1 Coolant?

I've been following the discussions/ debates over the benefits of switching from Ford Gold Coolant to ELC Cat-EC-1 type coolants. It's time to flush our engine and replace the coolant. Is there any downside to replacing Ford Gold Coolant with ELC Cat-EC-1? I know I will have to spend the better part of the day doing multiple flushes. Here are a few particulars about the truck.

1. Truck is an April, 2003 build and I believe it has the more rugged EGR cooler.
2. Coolant was flushed at the dealer and replaced with Ford Gold Coolant at 60K in Apri, 2009.
3. EOT/ECT delta is about 13 degrees F at 65mph unladened on the flats at ambient temperatures of 90-100 degrees F. The delta increases a bit when towing but not much. Delta also increases a couple of points at 70 mph.
4. As indicated in my truck description below, I have a Dieselsite Coolant Filter that I installed at 67K in May, 2010. There has been little to nothing in the filter when I change it out.
5. Pulled the EGR valve at 67K in May, 2010 and there was a little carbon on it but it was essentially clean and dry.
6. Mileage today is 84K and 50K of that has been pulling the 5th wheel.
7. I'll probably run some cleaners like Restore and Restore + when I do the multiple flushes.

I have a Ford Warranty that will expire on January 1, 2013. I paid around $1,800 for three years and if I decide to purchase another three year warranty, I would expect to pay more as the truck is older.

Thanks for your thoughts!
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:33 PM
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Warranty will Expire Jan 1 2013 or Jan 13 2012. You typed 2012 so the warranty is expired? The only reason I ask is you mentioned a MAJOR downside of Cat EC-1 Coolant. I doubt FORD will warranty the truck using cat coolant..... you must use their fluids.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:44 PM
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Metmop,

Thanks for catching my typo error!
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Your oil cooler is right on the edge of being out of spec NOW

So when you do a bunch of flushing it might put it over the edge you wouldnt be the first to have a flush & plug a Oil Cooler

Id flush it Odds are it will plug Filter the Gold throw it back in take in let them change the Oil Cooler and stick the ELC coolant back in it

I went with Final Charge CAT EC-1 Silicate Free ELC my coolant filters been lasting longer with ELC than Gold FWIW
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