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Old 12-16-2011, 08:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For the 6.7, can you buy the coolant check kit somewhere other than from a Ford dealership? Ford told me the check light will come on around 16K, and for $30.00 plus cost of the additive, they would be happy to take care of me.
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since im new whats in the coolant to check i have 4 big rigs and numerous superduties just not sure what his stuff on the new 6.7 is all about
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The light will come on around 600 hours of use. For me that was about 13,500 miles.

Pay the $30 to your dealer. That is reasonible. The test kits are more expensive than that, They include 10 test. But with two radiators per truck, you will get 5 test out of a test kit.. But they have an expiration date. Which will probably expire before you need to test your coolant 5 times. Bottom line $30 is cheaper than the test kits and hour of your time to do the test.

The VC-12 additive is about $14 if needed.

The Ford Speciality Orange coolant is the next generation of coolant that Ford has brought out. It replaces the Ford Gold coolant ( that was Nitrate based) that was used in the 2003 thru 2010 power stroke engines. The Speciality Orange Coolant is a Organic Acid Technology or OAT type of antifreezed. The 6.7L is running higher performance and hotter than previous Powerstrokes and needs a higher performing coolant than previous generation engines. Nitrates in this coolant are considered a reason to flush and replace.
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The Ford Speciality Orange coolant is the next generation of coolant that Ford has brought out. It replaces the Ford Gold coolant ( that was Nitrate based).
That would be "nitrite", not "nitrate".
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Oops. Thanks. Mind gets thinking one thing and fingers typing another,
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replaces the Ford Gold coolant ... that was used in the 2003 thru 2010 power stroke engines.
Why is it that we hear of problems with the 6.0 and Ford gold coolant, but nothing much about Ford gold in the 6.4L?

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I agree with PH, PLUS you will have DOCUMENTED that it got done with a dealer, so heaven forbid you have cooling system issues later you will have proof that it was serviced in a ford approved manner.
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Why is it that we hear of problems with the 6.0 and Ford gold coolant, but nothing much about Ford gold in the 6.4L?
Different type of oil coolers
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