I topped up my coolant tank with premixed Prestone (green).
The Prestone label said it was for all vehicles. This was confirmed by my supply store. After a trip of 250 miles, the tank was down some but the color of the fluid was brownish. I'm told that there are different colors of anti freeze but are the specs the same? The Safari's tank was flushed and filled with new coolant (red) a year ago. Since Safari's have problems with head gaskets and heaters, I want to make sure that I'm, using the right coolant. Wayne
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Re: I topped up my coolant tank with premixed Prestone...
Wayne, GM started using Dex-Cool coolant in '96 (u call it red, I call it orange), @that time that was all u could (or should) have used in GM vehicles, my manual even says 'do not mix dex-cool with any other type antifreeze.' But since then, Prestone has come out w/ a formulation for ALL vehicles, and I checked their website, and it states that this new formulation is compatible with all others, regardless of color. So u are ok with topping off w/ the new stuff. Going back to my early school days , I believe orange(red) and green=brown? So, it may not look nice, but your brown coolant is ok. Curt
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the type of coolant u need is prestone yellow..it is a universal coolant that works on all american an most forgien cars...u can but the 50/50 premix so all u have to do is pour it in....dont worry if the color doesnt match the coolant that came out..it does not matter when i use the yellow coolant
You'll need something to catch the old antifreeze in as its a federal law not to allow coolant to go into storm drains etc. Open the drain petcock or butterfly valve on the lower corner of your radiator (It's better to do this when vehicle is cool to avoid getting burned) and NEVER open a radiator cap when the vehicle is hot. After coolant is drained if it looks like it may have thick residue or rust in it I'd recomend adding a bottle of prestone cooling system flush (follow directions on the bottle) if not put your water hose in the radiator neck opening and turn the water on halfway. Your vehicle will need to heat up to operating temp for the thermostat to open so the water will then in turn go through and flush the rest of the system out. Allow vehicle to run with water on until all you see is clear water coming from drain spout. Turn off water, wait 1 minute and turn off vehicle as this will circulate extra water from system, allow to drain completely then close drain I'd recommend using a long life coolant like dexcool (the orange antifreeze) which is good for up to 5 years as opposed to the green etylene glycol which should be replaced between 1-2 years. For added protection you can add a bottle of water wetter additive if vehicle has had a history of running at a hotter temp than normal as well. You can get the dexcool in a premixed 50/50 mixture to take the guess work out of it. Remember as well when refilling once the vehicle has cooled you'll need to add a gallon and wait for thermostat to open back up so you can fill the rest of the system as well. drain and flush reservoir coolant tank as well. Check the following morning after you've filled it to ensure it's full. Rinse of any coolant you've spilled while refilling or it will smell like that for a month.
2000 was around the year of the switch. if it has green coolant you can use anything off the shelf from a parts store. If its pink colored then its a special formula made by Vw and Audi called G12. Its also the same as the new toyota pink coolant. DO NOT USE PRESTONE MIX WITH ANY COLOR ANTIFREEZE IN THIS VEHICLE.
if the coolant looked red/pink/orange than it was dexcool and the new radiator should be filled with dexcool only. Most of the time you will need to mix it 50/50 with water. Sometimes it will come premixed and it will be labeled as premix.
If the old coolant was green than regular green coolant is what you need. Again you can sometimes find it premixed but if not it will need to be mixed 50/50 with water.
IT DEPENDS SOME OLDERS CARS USE GREEN ANTIFREEZE.MOST NEWER VECHICLE USE DEXCOOL ORANGE ANTIFREEZE.YOU NEED TO LOOK UP TO SEE WHAT TYPE ANTIFREEZE VECHICLE USE BEFORE PUTTING ANY IN SYSTEM.IF YOUR CAP SAY COOLANT THEN THATS WHERE YOUR ANTIFREEZE GOES.
The coolant can be found at most stores that sells automotive products. You will need a 50/50 mix of water and coolant. If you had drained you old coolant you can purchase premixed cooland were no water is added. I would purchase two gallons of cooland for you vehicle and change the thermostat as well
Always fill you radiator & resevoir with a 50/50 mix of coolant / water. Your vehicle should have dexcool which is a red/orange colored coolant. You can buy a universal equivalent which is premixed and is yellow (not green). It is safe to add universal coolant but not green antifreeze. Premixed (it will say on jug) would be your safe bet. Fill the radiator, add to overflow tank to full cold line, run vehicle until fully warmed up. Let cool back down & then recheck. Don't forget to check for leaks....it is not normal to have your coolant get that low. You likely are leaking coolant.
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