3116 and 3126 Marine Engines Coolant Extender (ELC) - Add Caterpillar

Coolant Extender (ELC) - Add

Note: Refer to this Operation and Maintenance Manual, "Fluid Recommendations" (Cooling System) for the maintenance interval for the addition of the coolant extender.

Cat ELC (Extended Life Coolant) and Cat ELI (Extended Life Inhibitor) do not require the frequent additions of any supplemental cooling additives. The Cat ELC Extender will only be added one time.

Note: Do not use conventional supplemental coolant additive (SCA) with Cat ELC or with Cat ELI.

Check the cooling system only when the engine is stopped and cool.

------ WARNING! ------

Personal injury can result from hot coolant, steam and alkali.

At operating temperature, engine coolant is hot and under pressure. The radiator and all lines to heaters or the engine contain hot coolant or steam. Any contact can cause severe burns.

Remove cooling system pressure cap slowly to relieve pressure only when engine is stopped and cooling system pressure cap is cool enough to touch with your bare hand.

Do not attempt to tighten hose connections when the coolant is hot, the hose can come off causing burns.

Cooling System Coolant Additive contains alkali. Avoid contact with skin and eyes.


Care must be taken to ensure that fluids are contained during performance of inspection, maintenance, testing, adjusting, and repair of the product. Be prepared to collect the fluid with suitable containers before opening any compartment or disassembling any component containing fluids.

Refer to Special Publication, NENG2500, "Cat Dealer Service Tool Catalog" or refer to Special Publication, PECJ0003, "Cat Shop Supplies and Tools Catalog" for tools and supplies suitable to collect and contain fluids on Cat products.

Dispose of all fluids according to local regulations and mandates.

  1. Loosen the cooling system filler cap slowly in order to relieve pressure. Remove the cooling system filler cap.

  2. If necessary, drain enough coolant from the cooling system in order to add the Cat ELC Extender.

  3. Add Cat ELC Extender according to the requirements for the cooling system capacity. Refer to this Operation and Maintenance Manual, "Refill Capacities" for the coolant capacity.

  4. Clean the cooling system filler cap. Inspect the gaskets on the cooling system filler cap. Replace the cooling system filler cap if the gaskets are damaged. Install the cooling system filler cap.

For further information, refer to this Operation and Maintenance Manual, , "Fluid Recommendations".

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