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Fleetguard DCA4 or similar?

Since my truck was sitting in the driveway for two years, right now, it is running better and getting rid of quirks. Right now, I need DCA4 bottle or similar. I went to two stores that I know for diesel parts that I can get. However, they went out of business or moved somewhere else. Image my surprise when I drove up and see that it is complete different businesses. So anyone know where to find DCA bottle in North Austin/Round Rock/Hutto/Taylor area?

I know that it is either Fleetguard DCA4 or Motorcraft Diesel Engine Cooling additive. I do not know another brand or name that is same as what I am currently looking for. Also, I know that I need coolant SCA test strips.

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After many calls around the area, lot of them don't have them. A-Line Auto on Mays Street in Round Rock have them. Only need order the test strips. Will pick them tomorrow!

Longhorn International in Round Rock, they do have Fleetguard DCA4 bottles only. I recall that they do have another location on E 7th St in Austin, which they do have both. That was long time ago. I was not in mood to drive that far.

Should have one sticky note for all locations that we can find and buy them. Once I think that I saw strips at Love truck stop.

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After picking the test strips from the local shop, it turned out that it was expired already. Gotta take it back for refund.

Thanks JJEdwards for Amazon one, which I placed the order and got it today. Done test and it seems that it has too much DCA? It seems to be in "test" area. Is that bad?
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I've got to be honest, I don't know the answer to that question. When I tested mine i was in the pre-charge. Just to be safe I went ahead and did a coolant flush and filled with Rotella ELC since i didn't know what the previous owner had put in.

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I've always heard it was bad. IIRC, it will wear the pump due to something (???) coming out of solution. The Fleetgaurd info I've seen basically just says to wait until the level comes down on it's own. Tough call there, I guess. Cheers!

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I do have extra coolant in my garage. Can drain some and put new one in. How many quarts does it hold? Think somewhere close to 30 qt.

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How high in the test area was your sample?

I really wouldn't worry about it. By the time that you drive the truck for a couple of months it may just be in the Service area. Your reading can also be off a ways depending on just where you pull the sample from.

In the Ford diesel truck supplement it says nothing about testing the solution. It just tells you to add one bottle of the supplement each year without testing.

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From the reading the chart, it looks like that it is around 3.8 in white test area. I draw the coolant from the prefoct (sp?) on the bottom of the radiator on driver's side. That's where it should be drawn from.

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You are just outside of the range.

I would run it for a month and then check it again and see where it is.

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