A cooling flush

Degreaser and cooling system flush from Forte

Published:  24 June, 2014

A Bio Degreaser & Cooling System Flush from Forte is said to remove oil, sludge and rust deposits from inside cooling systems to restore heat efficiency, preventing heat-related problems. The blend of inorganic acids and inhibitors are combined with a heavy-duty cleaner and degreaser. The product is compatible with all cooling components, fluids and antifreezes including ethylene glycol and OAT based coolants. The firm recommends use at the specified coolant change interval.

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