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All Weather Seal has no known shelf life, due to lack of movement it is advised to shake the container well prior to usage. The same is NOT TRUE for Ceramic Motor Seal. Ceramic Motor Seal must be turned on a regular basis and will eventually harden in the bottle after a long period of time and this is not recommended to use.
As long as the cooling system has been maintained, circulation of our products thru the complete system including heating systems is recommended.
Yes, use ThoroFlush in confidence!
If another product was used previously you cannot use All Weather Seal with it. You must Flush the system with our Thoro-Flush then add in fresh coolant mixture along with All Weather Seal.
IF the Cooling System concerns are; Cracks, Porosity, Sand Pit area or head gasket leak and you wish to Coat the Cooling system to minimize or eliminate electrolysis, then Ceramic Motor Seal in the bottle with the Red Cap is the best answer.
IF the Cooling System concerns are; Head or Intake Gasket leaks, Gasket Seepage, leaky Radiator, drippy Freeze Plugs, or you just want to prevent possible future leaks, then All Weather Seal in the Bottle with the Blue Cap is the answer.
IF IN DOUBT, it is best to use all three additives for maximum protection. ThoroFlush to clean the cooling system for a fresh start and to insure any treatment will have solid clean surfaces on which to adhere. Then Ceramic Motor Seal to treat and seal every crack and crevvas. And finally All Weather Seal for added leak protection now and in the future should a new leak appear.
Yes, however all coolant must be Flushed Prior from the system, we recommend our Thoro-Flush to clean the Cooling System prior to using Ceramic Seal.
With smaller cooling systems, installers could cut the consumption in half.
Will it hurt if I use the whole bottle anyway? Using all will not overdose the system.
If another product was used previously, then all coolant must be Flushed from system with our Thoro-Flush prior to introducing new product into the Cooling System.
Thoro-Flush cleanses the interior coolant passageways to an "as new" condition, however for ANY of our products to be effective, low pressure circulation must occur. If an outside source (pump) of low pressure (8-12 lbs) circulation can be attached for pressured product flow, with the engine running at operating temperature, then our products will perform as expected.
With engine coolant leaks,"Evaluation & Diagnostics" is key in going forward as to direction of repair, being either mechanical or chemical.
For vehicles with Turbos, many Off Road Construction Equipment and over the Road Class 8 Trucks utilize high compression Diesel Engines, many with Turbo's, who use our "All Weather Seal" having great success with no known ill effects.
When used properly, Irontite products will not clog the heater core. It's very important that your cooling system be "free flowing". This is why we recommend that you always use our ThoroFlush product to completely clean your cooling system prior to using our sealant products. This is especially true when using the Ceramic Seal. The Ceramic seal product will react with engine coolant. During normal use, engine coolant (anti-freeze) does get absorbed into the pours of the metal that it flows through. If you do not first clean these internal surfaces the Ceramic Seal will bond with the coolant in these porous areas and can result in doing more harm than good. Our ThoroFlush product is specifically designed to rid your engine cooling system of all traces of engine coolant, thus insuring proper desired results from using our Ceramic Seal product. The Irontite ThoroFlush is the strongest coolant flush on the market today.
NO! Irontite ThoroFlush is the strongest coolant flush on the market. Over using it WILL cause damage. Follow the instructions exactly when using any Irontite products. Irontite products have been in use for many years and we have determined the best procedures for their use over the years. Follow our instructions exactly to avoid problems and to have the best possible experience. The ThoroFlush product has a red colored dye added to it specifically so you can tell when you have completely flushed it from the system. Failure to remove it completely or in a timely fashion can cause damage to your vehicles cooling system.
Because All Weather Seal can be used along with your existing cooling system fluid (anti-freeze) if your car is older and the heater core tubes have become caked with sediments over the years reducing the flow of coolant it's possible that All Weather Seal will do it's job and close off those tubes that are not as free flowing as they should be. Though rare, this is not improper behavior of All Weather Seal. It is an indication that your heater core was extremely calcified and preventing proper flow and/or you did not flush the system with ThoroFlush prior to adding All Weather Seal product to your cooling system.
To recover from this problem you do not necessarily need to replace the heater core of the vehicle. You should first disconnect the heater core hoses and attempt to run water through the core in the reverse direction to unclog the core and flush it as much as possible with a small amount of water pressure. Now, reconnect your heater core hoses and use our ThoroFlush product to clean your cooling system. Then add new coolant and the All Weather Seal. Because our All Weather Seal never fully hardens, this method should recover the heater core, and may improve the heaters performance after the ThoroFlush has cleared the sediments from the core. Even if this does salvage the heater core, the fact that it clogged on you is an indication that the heater core in this vehicle should be replaced sooner than later.
No. Our coolant additive products are all Environmentally Safe. These are very green products.
Our Ceramic Seal product requires Heat and Circulation to coat all the walls of your cooling system. It fills in any cracks, crevasses and porosity in the metal, making a glass-like smooth surface that actually improves flow. This flow improvement has been shown to also improve the cooling characteristics of your engine coolant. Ceramic Motor Seal is a process that requires removal of all coolant and flushing with water prior to treatment. Then after the treatment process it's important to once again flush the system with water multiple times before re-introducing your coolant mixture into the system. Ceramic Motor Seal in the Red Capped bottle MUST NOT BE USED WITH Anti-Freeze or any other chemical. It's mixed with water, added to the cooling system and then heated while circulating to seal the cooling system.
Our All Weather Seal product requires Heat and Air to become solid. So as long as it's flowing through the cooling system where it only gets heat and NO air it remains a microemulsion liquid mixture combined with your existing anti-freeze. It's a "Pour and Go" solution. If there are any openings in your cooling system, as the microemulsion liquid leaks and comes into contact with air, it solidifies and effectively closes the opening, sealing the cooling system. This "Patching" process means that it works anywhere there is a leak. Hoses, Freeze Plugs, Radiator holes, cracks, seams, etc. You should monitor your cooling system in the very beginning of treatment while using All Weather Seal. All Weather Seal is the perfect solution for a quick and easy fix to a cooling system leak, but it's even better as a preventative measure for commercial and "working" vehicles. Keep your construction equipment in the field making you money rather than sitting in the shop waiting on a new radiator or other part that was damaged because of a cooling system leak. Great to use in Fleet vehicles to keep them on the road. And it's like a Ginie in a bottle for older cars that just need a bit more life.
Because of the way that All Weather Seal works it can be used to stop a heater core leak. However, it will depend greatly on how damaged the core is. It is hightly recommended that you flush the system with our ThoroFlush product first, to remove any rust or other system contaminants. This may expose even more leaking that was originally present and may result in leaks too severe for any pour-in product to repair. Otherwise it will clear out debris that could have cause excessive blockage and potentially making your heater core not leak but also not heat. So be aware, that any product used to stop a leak can potentially cause a heater core to stop producing heat. But that likely means the heater core was very near to that condition in the first place.
Yes. Putting the sealant products into the overflow jug will work! Modern cars have a fully pressurized system. The main things you want to accomplish is to add the product to a "flowing" area. Older cars may have an overflow jug that does not have coolant flowing through the jug during normal operation of the vehicle. So you would not put the product into this area.
NO. Irontites' ThoroFlush product is a "commercial grade" product. It will out perform any other company's radiator flush product on the market today. And it's especially important to be sure to get your cooling system thoroughly cleaned prior to using the Irontite Ceramic Sealant. No product other than ThoroFlush will clean your cooling system more completely.
YES. Either the Ceramic Seal or the All-Weather Seal will repair minor head gasket leaks.
No. We recommend leaving the thermostat in during treatment because it will cause pressure to build which will aid and benefit the sealing process.
Yes, you can use either of the Irontite Sealant products, however, you must first bypass the filter. In the case of Ceramic Seal, after you have run the Ceramic Seal treatment and removed the product from your cooling system you can remove the filter bypass and run normally. Once the Ceramic Seal has cured in the cooling system it will not re-liquify and as such it will not clog the filter. During the treatment period of either product you must bypass the filter. Since All Weather Seal is meant to be left in the cooling system, as long as the All Weather Seal product is flowing in your cooling system the filter bypass must remain in affect.
We get this inquiry quite often, this "was" an easy answer when Injector Sleeves were Copper/Brass materials as our own Ceramic Seal was used quite often. However now with OEM's using Stainless Steel Injector Sleeves due to extended life antifreeze usage, we would recommend a high heat resistant sealant like Permatex 64000. We do have customers which use, with success, nothing, clear silicone, along with many different commercial sealants, and Permatex Sleeve Retainer # 64000. We suggest what you find and use what is successful for you.
OEM tooling is manufactured for occasional Dealer & Fleet usage by mechanics for hand usage, while Irontite Tooling is manufactured for Machine Shops in remanufacturing, with cylinder head off the block, tooling being used in Seat & Guide Machines or Machining Center.
Thoro-Flush was designed to work at your car's normal operating temperature of near 180 degrees Fahrenheit and under the pressure that a normal cooling system will have.
Without those conditions present, it's ability to clean is greatly reduced but not totally eliminated. So you "CAN" use it to try and clean out only the heater core, but it will definitely be less effective at cleaning if you don't get the solution hot and under some pressure.