Re: 1999 Lumina 6-cylinder: which antifreeze can/must I...
If your car is supposed to take Dex-Cool, it should say somewhere in the front of the car under the hood, usually near the radiator or on it.
IF it does take Dex-Cool, do not use anything but that in your cooling system. Mixing any other antifreeze with Dex-Cool causes them to react with each other and corrode your radiator and hoses with a rust-like material.
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There are two kinds of coolant that can be found in this car. Look to see what color it is, either pink or green. It came stock with Dexcool antifreeze. This is a pink colored antifreeze made for aluminum engines. If it is green DO NOT put pink in there. NEVER mix pink and green coolants together. There is no differences among the green coolants. All will work but some are better than others. Also there are 50/50 ready-to-use coolant gal. containers. This has water already added in the coolant. If you get one that does not have water added you will need to add water. These are usually better for your buck.
The dealer recommend GM Dex Cool Antifreeze. But there are complaint against this type of coolant. http://www.stevesnovasite.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-128547.html In GM cars we replace Dex Cool with Prestone green coolant. It's up to you. Ask before but if you decide to change the type of coolant then: If your intention is to add coolant only, then you need: Mix with ANY COLOR ANTIFREEZE ALL MAKES ALL MODELS of cars and light trucks add to ANY color antifreeze PRESTONE 50/50 PREDILUTED ANTIFREEZE/COOLANT EXTENDED LIFE up to 150000/mile 5 year protection. DO NOT ADD WATER.
If your intention is to flush the RADIATOR (Cooling System), then you need: Mix with ANY COLOR ANTIFREEZE ALL MAKES ALL MODELS of cars and light trucks add to ANY color antifrezze PRESTONE EXTENDED LIFE up to 150000/mile 5 year protection. On the back you have to read directions: Step 1 Drain. Step 2 Flush. Step 3 Fill. Recommended to ad 30% to 50% volume, distilled water. If you flush the system and rinse with water you must add only 30% water to the antifreeze. There is more water trapped inside the engine compartment, because the thermostat is closed. Make sure to have a coolant density tester. When you finish one of 5 balls must sink, that indicates that you reached 50/50 strength. That means 50% Prestone and 50% Water, which will provide to your car a -34F degree FREEZE-UP Protection , and +265F degree BOILOVER protection.The next day,with a cooled engine open radiator cap, and test the strength of coolant. If not quite right, then siphon coolant from the radiator and add antifreeze, or distilled water as necessary. Make sure to disposal the used coolant properly.
This diagram shows where your Spark Plugs/Cylinders Are.
And the 3-Coils each coil supplies Voltage to 2- Plug Wires.
Which i Show in the Center of above diagram ,#1 Plug wire goes to #1 on the Coil which in the Diagram is the Rear Coil and the farest back. So- on ! This should get you going. Hope this Diagram Loads Down Proper.
Thank You and Please let me know if the Diagram helped you.Or if it did'nt down load right please send a comment.to me.
sounds like you have blown head gasket, or cracked head, did the motor run hot, if so, you can try head gasket, maybe you will get lucky, also i would replace intake gaskets, parts should be anywhere from 50.00 to 200.00 dollars, depends were you get them,need to clean out cyclinder with antifreeze in it, and check other ones too, pull plugs out get somebody to turn motor over watch for antifreeze coming out of spark plug holes, maybe you can put head gasket on and keep on riding...
P0301 is a DTC code that indicates a misfire to cylinder one. It could be a bad spark plug, spark plug wire, rotor and cap, a dirty fuel injector, or the worst a bad head gasket. Cylinder 1 is the first cylinder on the drivers side, towards the front. Start with the simple and check the spark plug wire and add fuel injector cleaner to the gas tank. Good luck and hope this helps you get you van running 100% soon. If that did not help, then your going to have to do a tune up by replacing the spark plugs, wires and rotor and cap. You can get all the parts you need at Auto Zone and they can give you the step by step to get the job done with common tools in under 2 hours of your time. Keep me posted, be glad to know you got your van running 100% again soon.
there are more than one way to figure that out and one simple way is to look on the top of the distributor cap and it should have the numbers and after finding the number just trace that plug wire to number one