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#1507769 - 06/22/09 07:18 PM coolant test strips
lucerne06 Offline


Registered: 03/07/09
Posts: 406
Loc: northeast
are the coolant test strips worth it? they say they measure boilng and freezing point as well as ph..

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#1507805 - 06/22/09 07:50 PM Re: coolant test strips [Re: lucerne06]
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Registered: 03/04/07
Posts: 144
Loc: Minneapolis
They are ok in a pinch. But they are not the most accurate. When in doubt use a bulb type or a refractometer. They will generally be ok, if you are testing coolant made by the same company making the test strip, but I have seen very odd numbers when trying a test strip on a different brand of coolant. Maybe the add pack has a different ph or something.

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#1508187 - 06/23/09 07:53 AM Re: coolant test strips [Re: 03cvpi]
benjamming Offline


Registered: 01/03/04
Posts: 5750
Loc: northern Alabama
as 03cvpi was alluding to (I think), you have to use EG test strips for EG & PG test strips for PG.

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#1509152 - 06/23/09 08:56 PM Re: coolant test strips [Re: benjamming]
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Registered: 06/07/09
Posts: 484
Loc: Michigan
if you're trying to measure dca levels in a diesel coolant, they work well for that. so long as they are not expired or have been exposed to air too much.
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#2092448 - 12/01/10 07:10 PM Re: coolant test strips [Re: sdan27]
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Registered: 10/27/02
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Loc: SE
It can be challenge at some parts stores . Be sure to check the date at the counter.

Originally Posted By: sdan27
if you're trying to measure dca levels in a diesel coolant, they work well for that. so long as they are not expired or have been exposed to air too much.

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#2096204 - 12/05/10 12:14 PM Re: coolant test strips [Re: rkpatt]
daman Offline


Registered: 09/23/06
Posts: 10774
Loc: Bad Axe, MI
I use CTS for DCA but NOT for antifreeze,use a regular tester bought at any auto parts store for that.

i found when doing my DCA tests and then compare the freeze results from the test strips the test strips were waay off like 5 deg or more!

don't trust them.
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#2535692 - 02/13/12 09:07 PM Re: coolant test strips [Re: lucerne06]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
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You want the 3 way ones not the 2 way ones. You want percentage (freeze point)and Alkalinity and if dealing with a diesel SCA too.
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