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Yesterday 06:39 PM
sailor The testers have different purposes.

The one you're looking at is for coolant concentration, the test strips are for coolant condition (anti-corrosive additive levels).

Going too long by time only isn't that bad, but it's good to do it at least annually (don't tell anyone you let it go too long). Short trips & sitting can leave more moisture/contaminants in the oil that longer drives help evaporate, your trips sound good for the car.


Edit - looking into it more, there are multiple types of test strips avail.. Not just the additive type I'm used to but also ones that can show mixture concentration, PH for bad water added etc., and ones for other contaminants that can result from old coolant.
Yesterday 05:01 PM
okaythen
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Originally Posted by RonMaiden View Post
You can get those testers for a couple bux at a local parts store.
found this I think I will get it Amazon.com: Prestone AF-1420 Antifreeze / Coolant Tester: Automotive

There is also the ph strip tester thing, which one is better all the same?

I actually changed the oil after 1.5 years 6k miles, before I read somwhere that max 2 years if you never get miles that high, but max 1 year seems to be the norm so did I damage anything? maybe engine just aged more or something? it's around 70% highway 30% local I always warm up the car etc. I used mobil 1 full synthetic 5w30.
Yesterday 01:49 AM
RonMaiden You can get those testers for a couple bux at a local parts store.
04-29-2016 07:36 AM
okaythen
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Originally Posted by sailor View Post
Coolant testers have been around forever, range from a pocket size with floating balls to larger ones with floating discs or floating lever/gauge.

Quite similar to battery hydrometers.

If the system hasn't had water/coolant added at any time it should be fine for freeze point/boil over protection.
I added some distill water when the coolant level was low, I guess I will get the coolant tester then! found one on amazon....convenient that those things exist, I got a lot to learn.

thanks so much for the replies
04-28-2016 01:56 PM
sailor Coolant testers have been around forever, range from a pocket size with floating balls to larger ones with floating discs or floating lever/gauge.

Quite similar to battery hydrometers.

If the system hasn't had water/coolant added at any time it should be fine for freeze point/boil over protection.
04-28-2016 05:26 AM
okaythen
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Originally Posted by sailor View Post
"Cabin's engine oil & coolant temp"?

Not even close I'm afraid.

Coolant "strength" would refer to the coolant concentration as tested (tool that sucks out a sample to measure concentration/freeze point from the reservoir).

MANY hoses between engine, radiator, reservoir & heater to check.

BTW - a Dealer won't check everything thoroughly, they just look for obvious problems & do basic checks.
tool that sucks a sample to measure from reservoir.....I see I see, do you guys have/use that tool? is this kinda new thing? I don't recall that they have a tool like that, but older cars you change coolant much more often than our 100k miles. (I guess you can kind of skip this step? and just keep eye on the coolant level and coolant temp, oil temp? or no)

I should look up a diagram that shows which hose is which and whatever are under the hood, pretty sure it's out there somewhere.

thanks!
04-27-2016 04:36 PM
sailor "Cabin's engine oil & coolant temp"?

Not even close I'm afraid.

Coolant "strength" would refer to the coolant concentration as tested (tool that sucks out a sample to measure concentration/freeze point from the reservoir).

MANY hoses between engine, radiator, reservoir & heater to check.

BTW - a Dealer won't check everything thoroughly, they just look for obvious problems & do basic checks.
04-27-2016 01:36 PM
okaythen for "Inspect engine cooling system strength and
hoses." the cooling system strength you check cabin's engine oil and engine coolant temp right? and check coolant level. but for coolant system hoses I see the hose from the reservoir and that's it. where are the rest? or is the inspection ok for that one only?
04-27-2016 10:41 AM
okaythen
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Originally Posted by Arco-Zakus View Post
Oh, nooooo! You just destroyed your whole engine! (I make sure to clean off my funnel before using it after it's been sitting around.)



You could go to a dealer service department and ask them for a list of the things they check when they do that. Or check youtube. Keep in mind that the list can vary from one car to another. One of those videos shows the tech checking power steering fluid, which doesn't apply for our cars with electric power assisted steering (EPAS). We just have to make shure we have enough electrons.



Best thing to do is get a repair manual and study it. You'll get an idea from that what each of those parts does so you'll know what to look for.

An example is the rubber boots on axle ("half-shaft") joints, which are there to contain the grease inside and keep the dirt out. If the rubber cracks or tears then the grease leaks out, usually flung around the nearby area by the spinning of the axle. Even if you cannot easily see the damage to the boot, if you see the grease stuck to anything nearby you know the damage is there somewhere.

You can also search for videos on youtube for each of the listed parts.
hey thanks so much that was helpful, yeah youtube is great, have been watching some videos. thanks!
04-27-2016 02:04 AM
Arco-Zakus
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Originally Posted by okaythen View Post
I preloaded the new oil filter with a funnel, didn't see anything dirty in the funnel but it might have some small dirt/dust/etc that eyes can't see, funnel was inside a plastic bag but crap might still gotten in since it was sitting there for 1.5 years.....already finished changing oil so should be ok or? ...
Oh, nooooo! You just destroyed your whole engine! (I make sure to clean off my funnel before using it after it's been sitting around.)

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Originally Posted by okaythen View Post
... Perform multi-point inspection. (what's this? can't find more info in the manual) ...
You could go to a dealer service department and ask them for a list of the things they check when they do that. Or check youtube. Keep in mind that the list can vary from one car to another. One of those videos shows the tech checking power steering fluid, which doesn't apply for our cars with electric power assisted steering (EPAS). We just have to make shure we have enough electrons.

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Originally Posted by okaythen View Post
... I am not really sure what some of those things are, and inspection what do you look for? just anything unusual I guess? leaks cracks or whatever. Can't ignore those huh gotta figure out which thing is which and inspect all of them?
Best thing to do is get a repair manual and study it. You'll get an idea from that what each of those parts does so you'll know what to look for.

An example is the rubber boots on axle ("half-shaft") joints, which are there to contain the grease inside and keep the dirt out. If the rubber cracks or tears then the grease leaks out, usually flung around the nearby area by the spinning of the axle. Even if you cannot easily see the damage to the boot, if you see the grease stuck to anything nearby you know the damage is there somewhere.

You can also search for videos on youtube for each of the listed parts.
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