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Old 02-22-2015, 01:08 PM   #1
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Universal Antifreeze ?

I had my radiator flushed out and refilled about a year ago. I noticed it was a little low, so I called the Truck Company that did the work. (they do have an RV Garage) asked them what type of antifreeze they used so I could add the same brand. They told me they use an UNIVERSAL antifreeze 50/50. And said I could use any 50/50 blend antifreeze as long as it is a name brand. Is this true? Is there such a thing as universal antifreeze? Thanks for all your help.
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Hi Ron, I think all they mean is the old time "Green" anti-freeze mixture. Make sure to test the freeze/boil points..........Is your engine the ISB or the ISC?
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I had my radiator flushed out and refilled about a year ago. I noticed it was a little low, so I called the Truck Company that did the work. (they do have an RV Garage) asked them what type of antifreeze they used so I could add the same brand. They told me they use an UNIVERSAL antifreeze 50/50. And said I could use any 50/50 blend antifreeze as long as it is a name brand. Is this true? Is there such a thing as universal antifreeze? Thanks for all your help.
With the answer they gave you I'd be a little concerned if they know what there doing. I'd be checking the SCA level in the coolant if I were you. Your engine is the ISC I'm sure, which needs SCA additives added to the coolant.
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It sounds like that they used a bulk antifreeze I would definently check the SCA you can get it at cummins , also the check strips to check it.
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What color is the antifreeze?
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Old 02-22-2015, 03:29 PM   #6
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Our engine is an ISC where do I get the test strips? Thanks alot
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I know for an absolute fact that if you had a Duramax - you will regret mixing types of anti-freeze. I did it and had to replace the turbocharger. The green will not mix with the orange, it will gel and the engine will over heat. Read the [Moderator Edit] owner's manual [Moderator Edit] (which I did after the fact).
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This is why I was asking about your model Ron, check with your local NAPA store, a authorized Cummins shop, or I just Google "Fleetguard" coolant test strips, like these on ebay Baldwin Filters CTK5029 4 Coolant Test Strips Only CTK5029 4 | eBay , make sure you ask about the "Expiration Date" that is on them, they do expire, and do not work right after the date on the package. If you go to a Cummins shop, they also can sell you the additive plus the strips. If at NAPA the part number for the SCA additive is Napa 4056.
This a good place also http://www.ryderfleetproducts.com/fl...-p-v52-cc2602b

https://www.fleetguard.com/pdfs/prod...LI15068-GB.pdf

And one more thing to look at http://fleetguardcoolantsolutions.co...lant-solutions
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I just ran out and checked the Antifreeze is GREEN
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Thanks palehorse and everyone else, Will check with my local cummins dealer tomorrow see if they sale the strips
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Hi Ron & Kerrie,
Green = old style antifreeze. You will need to test for SCA's once a year. Consider replacing the green every three years. However, if you would like a longer time between replacement, consider having the antifreeze replaced (at the next replacement interval) with extended life coolant. It will, most likely, be red in color. The change over will cost a few more bucks, but one can go 6 years with the red coolant.
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Thanks a lot Gary I will check with cummins tomorrow and see if they sell the testing strips.
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I forgot to mention with the red extended life coolant the is no need to check SCA. One can take that task off one's task list.
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Next time it is red for me!!! Thanks alot
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