NOTICE: Shell Canada Products recently learned of labelling and seal integrity issues affecting one US gallon/3.785 litre bottles of Rotella ELC Nitrite Free Pre-Diluted 50/50 (SKU #550057739). The recalled product does not currently meet regulated Canada Consumer Product Safety Act labelling requirements, and an identified discrepancy in packaging integrity has led to our decision to conduct a voluntary recall for this product and SKU only. For more information, visit Health Canada web site/Shell coolant recall page

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ELCs are designed for up an extensive service life, with NO need for SCAs, that provides overall reduction in cooling system maintenance. ELCs also offer complete cooling system component protection by helping to reduce water-pump failures, hard-water-scale deposits and silicate gel (the green goo you sometimes see). We understand consumers’ challenges and have designed a product portfolio to help make maintenance needs easier.

Shell Rotella® ELC NF (Nitrite-Free):

  • Proven Shell ROTELLA® ELC Nitrite Free Organic Additive Technology free of nitrites, silicates, phosphates, amines, and heavy metals
  • Up to 1,931,000 kilometers or 24,000 hours in Class 8 trucks*, up to 965,000 Kilometers or 12,000 hours in other commercial applications, or 241,000 kilometers (6 years) in passenger cars and light trucks*
  • Helps lower maintenance costs
  • Meets ASTM D3306, D6210
  • Excellent heat transfer
  • Mixed fleet performance (passenger cars to HD trucks) suitable for Ford WSS-M97B44-D, GM 6277M and GMW3420
  • Product colored red for easy recognition

Shell Rotella® ELC:

  • Proven Shell ROTELLA® ELC Organic Additive Technology free of phosphates and amines
  • Up to 965,000 Kilometers or 12,000 hours of service life with NO need for (SCAs). Shell ROTELLA® ELC Correction Fluid added at 482,000 kilometers
  • Excellent heat transfer
  • Helps lower maintenance costs
  • Meets ASTM D3306, D6210
  • Product colored red for easy recognition

Shell HD Phosphate Free AFC:

  • Premium quality fully formulated coolant containing supplemental coolant additives (SCAs) to provide complete engine and cooling system protection
  • Service life is typically 321,000 - 402,000 kilometers/23 years and requires monitoring and maintaining SCA additive levels
  • Highly stabilized, low silicate formula reduces deposits
  • Meets ASTM D3306, D4985, D6210
  • Product colored purple for easy recognition

For technical questions, contact our Technical Help Desk at (800) 237-8645 Option 3, 1; or Email: with complete Year/Make/Model information for a recommendation.

*Requires full use of Shell Rotella® ELC Nitrite-Free 50/50 Coolant + Antifreeze in the system and proper maintenance.

Proper maintenance as detailed at Follow OEM recommendations for specified maintenance.

How Shell Rotella® Coolants Compare to Each Other

Relative Protection Against Freeze and Overheating

Shell ROTELLA® Coolant Benefits Shell Rotella® ELC Nitrite Free Shell Rotella® ELC Shell HD Phosphate Free AFC
Freeze and boil-over protection Best Best Best
Heat transfer Best Best Better
Anti-scaling properties Best Better Good

Protection of Engine and Cooling System Components from Corrosion

Shell Rotella® Coolant Benefits

Shell Rotella® ELC Nitrite Free

Shell ROTELLA® ELC Shell HD Phosphate Free AFC
Aluminum corrosion protection
Best Better -
Copper/brass corrosion protection Best Better Good
Oxidation and thermal stability Best Better Good
Cylinder liner pitting corrosion protection Best Best Best
Compatible with elastomers and seals Best Better Better
Resistance to gel precipitate formation Best Best Good

Helps Reduce Overall Maintenance Costs

Shell ROTELLA® Coolant Benefits Shell ROTELLA® ELC Nitrite Free Shell Rotella® ELC Shell HD Phosphate Free AFC
Non-depleting inhibitors
Best Better Good
Maintenance (Testing, SCAs) Best Best Good
Service life Best Best Good

*Cylinder liner protection maintained with addition of SCAs

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The latest evolution in hard-working protection. Shell Rotella® T4 Triple Protection builds on the heritage of Shell Rotella® T Triple Protection oil you have come to depend on.

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