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Old 06-15-2016, 03:22 PM   #1
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Pink and green antifreeze

Blew a radiator hose while traveling. Was able to fix it but could not find any Cummins green ES antifreeze. Found Napa ES for wet sleeve diesels so filled it up with that. I only lost six gallons but it was pink not green. Now check engine light stays on but cooling system shows full and temp runs normal. Will the mixture work ok or should I change it back to all Cummins ES. Just changed it six months ago so not real keen on doing it again. Thanks.
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Engine light now off everything else appears normal as in temperature and level in sight glass on surge tank. BTW this is a 1999 ISC with 176k miles.
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Blew a radiator hose while traveling. Was able to fix it but could not find any Cummins green ES antifreeze. Found Napa ES for wet sleeve diesels so filled it up with that. I only lost six gallons but it was pink not green. Now check engine light stays on but cooling system shows full and temp runs normal. Will the mixture work ok or should I change it back to all Cummins ES. Just changed it six months ago so not real keen on doing it again. Thanks.

The color isn't any indication of compatibility. If both are ethylene glycol and use the Fleetguard DCA4 type additive then you are ok. Napa should be able to tell you what their coolant is and since you just changed yours out, you know the Fleetguard ES Complete was what you had in there.
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Thanks Steve. I remember reading years back about not mixing colors but I believe it was regarding passenger cars and Ford vrs GM.
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This might help:
https://www.cumminsfiltration.com/pd...es/LT36262.pdf
Or maybe not as I don't see NAPA coolant in there.
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Is there a basis for not mixing"colors"? As I posted earlier the Ford vs GM was a big no/no back in the '70s but looking at the difference the green is standard and the pink is ES both from Fleetguard. Just trying to make the correct decision. Thanks.
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Is there a basis for not mixing"colors"? As I posted earlier the Ford vs GM was a big no/no back in the '70s but looking at the difference the green is standard and the pink is ES both from Fleetguard. Just trying to make the correct decision. Thanks.

Fleetguard has a whole family of coolants under the ES Complete label. Their OAT is labeled that way as is their standard ethylene glycol and propylene glycol. The EG and PG are roughly compatible and also need the DCF4 added for wet liner engines. The OAT coolant uses different chemistry and shouldn't be mixed with the others.
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I changed mine last week.I drained the green out and flushed.I replaced with Peak pre charge and it was pink.This coolant is for wet liner engines.
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Thanks to all for your input. As good as this engine has been to me in all the miles we have driven, i'm just going to drain out the current antifreeze and put in the Cummins fleetguard ES green and a new DCA4 filter and be done with it. Then I know it is Cummins correct. Small price to pay for peace of mind.
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Thanks to all for your input. As good as this engine has been to me in all the miles we have driven, i'm just going to drain out the current antifreeze and put in the Cummins fleetguard ES green and a new DCA4 filter and be done with it. Then I know it is Cummins correct. Small price to pay for peace of mind.
Is you Cummins a "wet" liner??
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Yes sir it is the ISC Wet Sleeve engine...
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