Texas Specification No. 060-03-01C
Effective Date:April 30, 1993
Reformatted Date:June 20, 1996 SPECIFICATION
ANTIFREEZE AND ENGINE COOLANT 1.SCOPE:this specification includes the minimum requirements
for a liquid concentrate (to be diluted with water), or a
pre-mixed solution for use in automotive engine cooling systems.
2.APPLICABLE SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS:Reference to
specifications, standards, test methods, and other documents
shall be to the issues in effect on the date of the Invitation
for Bids.Copies of the referenced documents may be obtained
from the issuing organizations at the addresses shown.The
following publications form a part of this specification to the
extent specified herein:
2.1.AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TESTING AND MATERIALS (ASTM), Annual
Book for ASTM Standards; 1916 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA
2.1.1.ASTM D 1119 -- Standard Test Method for Ash Content of
Engine Antifreezes, Anti-rusts, and Coolants.
2.1.2.ASTM D 1120 -- Standard Test Method for Boling Point of
2.1.3.ASTM D 1121 -- Standard Test Method for Reserve
Alkalinity of engine Antifreezes, Antitrust, and Coolants.
2.1.4.ASTM D 1122 -- Standard Test Method for Specific Gravity
of Engine Antifreezes by the Hydrometer.
2.1.5.ASTM D 1123 -- Standard Test Method for Water in Engine
Coolant Concentrate by the Iodine Reagent Method.
2.1.6.ASTM D 1177 -- Standard Test Method for Freezing Point of
Aqueous Engine Coolant Solutions.
2.1.7.ASTM D 1287 -- Standard Test Method for pH of Engine
Antifreezes, Anti-rusts and Coolants.
2.1.8.ASTM D 1384 -- Standard Method for Corrosion Test for
Engine Coolants in Glassware.
2.1.9.ASTM D 1881 -- Standard Test Method for Foaming
Tendencies of Engine Coolants in Glassware.
2.1.10. ASTM D 1882 -- Standard Test Method for Effect of
Cooling System Chemical Solutions on Organic Finishes for
2.1.11. ASTM D 2570 -- Method for Simulated Service Corrosion
Testing of Engine Coolants.
2.1.12. ASTM D 2809 -- Test Method for Cavitation Erosion
Corrosion Characteristics of Aluminum Pumps with Engine Coolants.
2.1.13. ASTM D 3306-- Standard Specification for Ethylene
Glycol Base Engine Coolant for Automobile and Light Duty Service.
2.1.14. ASTM D 3634 -- Test Method for Trace Chloride Ion in
Engine Antifreezes and Coolants in the Presence of
2.1.15. ASTM D 4340 -- Test Method for Corrosion of Cast
Aluminum alloys in engine Coolants Under Heat Rejecting
2.1.16.ASTM D 4725 -- Terminology for Engine Coolants.
2.1.17. ASTM D 4985 -- Standard Specification for Ethylene
Glycol Base engine Coolant for Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Service.
2.2.VERNON'S TEXAS CIVIL STATUES, Annotated -- Agricultural
Code, West Publishing Company, St. Paul, MN
3.1.General:The product shall be a predominantly homogeneous
solution, with the exception that up to 0.5% by volume may from
an upper layer of foam suppressants.the product shall deposit
no sediment, shall have no objectionable odor, and shall cause
no damage on contact with hoses, gaskets, pump packing, or
3.2.Chemical Composition:The product shall be furnished as a
concentrate or pre-mixed solution, as specified herein.
Components shall be present as necessary to provide effective
corrosion protection, foam suppression, buffering action, and a
distinctive color such as fluorescent green.
3.2.1.Antifreeze Concentrate:The product shall comprise not
less than 94% by weight of water soluble glycol's, including not
less than 75% ethylene glycol.Other components shall be
present as necessary to provide effective performance which
meets or exceeds ASTM D 3306 and ASTM D 4985.The fluid will be
clear in appearance when mixed with 50% pure water.Ethylene
glycol may be virgin, or recycled if recycled by distillation.
3.2.2.Pre-Mixed Coolant:The product shall comprise not less
than 47% by weight water soluble glycol's including not less
than 33% ethylene glycol.Other components shall be present as
necessary to provide effective performance which meets or
exceeds ASTM D 3306 and ASTM D 4985.The fluid will be clear in
appearance when mixed with 50% pure water.Ethylene glycol may
be virgin, or recycled if recycled by distillation, ion exchange
or reverse osmosis.
4.SAMPLES:Unless otherwise specified in the Invitation for
Bids, no prepurchase samples will be required.Testing will be
performed on samples taken from regular orders.
5.TESTING:Testing of samples shall be done by or at the
direction of the General Services Commission.In the event that
a product furnished under this specification fails to meet or
exceed all requirements as contained in the various current ASTM
specifications and test methods listed in Paragraph 2.1.,
thereof, the cost of testing, including cost of samples
consumed, shall be borne by the supplier.Testing shall be
performed by the following or approved equally applicable
5.1.Ash:Determine compliance with the procedure of ASTM D
5.2.Boiling Point:Determine compliance with the procedure of
ASTM D 1120, using a sample diluted 1:1 by volume with distilled
5.3.Reserve Alkalinity:Determine compliance with procedure of
ASTM D 1121.
5.4.Specific Gravity:Determine compliance with the procedure
of ASTM D 1122.
5.5.Water Content:Determine compliance with the procedure of
ASTM D 1123.
5.6.Freezing Point:Determine compliance with the procedure of
ASTM D 1177, using a sample diluted 1:1 by volume with distilled
5.7.pH:Determine compliance with the procedure of ASTM D
1287, using a sample diluted 1:1 by volume with distilled water.
5.8.Corrosion of Metals:Determine compliance with the
procedure of ASTM D 1384.
5.9.Foaming Properties:Determine compliance with the
procedure of ASTM D 1881.
6.INSPECTION:Products furnished under this specification
shall be inspected at the discretion of the General Services
Commission, at either destination or the point of origin.
7.PACKING and/or PACKAGING:
7.1.The product shall be furnished in tightly sealed containers
of one of the following types and sizes, whichever is specified
in the Invitation for Bids:
7.1.1. One (1) gallon (3.8 Liter) jugs, either metal or opaque
plastic, packed six (6) to a carton.
7.1.2. Fifty-five (55) gallon (208 Liter) tight-head steel drums.
7.2.Material in previously unopened containers shall neither
affect nor be affected by the container for a period of one (1)
year from date of shipment.
8.MARKING and/or LABELING:
8.1.Each shipping container shall be clearly marked with the
8.1.1. Name of contents, including brand name if any.
8.1.2. Quantity contained, in U.S. gallons (liters).
8.1.3. Name and address of manufacturer.
The following information shall either be marked on the
container or appear on the shipping documents.
8.1.4. Order or contract number.
8.1.5. Name and address of ordering agency.
8.1.6. Agency requisition number.
8.2.Radiator tags stating the brand and type of antifreeze
shall be furnished at the rate of one tag per one gallon
container or 25 tags per 55-gallon drum.
9.COMPLIANCE:In order for consideration to be given to a bid
for a product ordered under this specification, the bidder must
comply with the following:
9.1.The make, model number, name of the manufacturer, brand or
trade name, etc. as applicable, of the item proposed to be
furnished must be stated as a part of the bid.
9.2.Notwithstanding the above, any exception taken by the
bidder to the requirements and conditions of this specification
must be stated explicitly and described in detail as a part of
the bid.If no exceptions or deviations are identified in this
manner, the item must be furnished exactly as specified herein.
9.3.The product must have a current registration with the Texas
Department of Agriculture, Consumer Services Division, in
accordance with the Antifreeze Regulation of the Agriculture
Code, Chapter 16 (ref. Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes, Annotated).
9.4.The Bidder shall bear the burden for proof of compliance
with this specification.
10.ORDERING DATA:When ordering a product conforming to this
specification the requisitioning agency must specify the
10.1.The number of this specification (060-03-01C).
10.2.The quantity required.
10.3.The size of container required.
11.PRODUCT INFORMATION:Antifreeze and engine coolant
complying with this specification is of the "permanent
antifreeze" type, and contains ethylene glycol as the main
ingredient.Additional ingredients include buffers and
inhibitors which provide year-round protection against
corrosion.The normal dilution ratio, if furnished as a
concentrate, is 1:1 by volume with water, which will provide
antifreeze protection down to temperatures at least as low as
-34 °F (-37 °C).
NOTE: Follow the label instruction for dilution (if furnished
as a concentrate) and safe use.Water used for dilution must be
distilled, de-ionized or de-mineralized.
12.AVAILABILITY OF SPECIFICATIONS:Copies of this
specification may be obtained by writing or calling:
Texas Procurement and Support Services
P.O. Box 13186
Austin, TX 78711-3047