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I need to change the cooling

I put the wrong cooling in my cooling system, I need to change it. How much does it cost to get the cooling drained out and put new ones in?

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Antifreeze is antifreeze like salt is salt and sugar is sugar. Depending on where you live and how cold it gets will determine how diluted you need to go. You can buy an inexpensive antifreeze tester at an auto parts store. Usually down to -10F will suffice but if you are up near Canada go lower. The color is a dye and it doesn't do anything. VW wants you to think a red dye makes a difference, it doesn't. I have a 2001 Beetle and a 2001 Jetta that I have used Prestone antifreeze in for years and never had a problem I fill mine in through the antifreeze resevoir. I did have to replace the water pumps in both vehicles last year as it was leaking and not pumping the fluid through consistantly. If you want to change the antfreeze there should be a plug at the bootom of the radiator. If you remove it a large roasting pan should hold what you have in the radiator. Dispose of properly as it is probably poisonous and will kill pets and animals. You can run a garden hose through the top of the radiator while the engine is running for a fa minute or so to get scaling and slime out. This is what is known as a radiator flush. Be careful to always have water going through the engine when running. Put plug back in bottom and refill with anti-freeze. They do make a non-toxic antifreeze which is propylene glycol based versus ethylene glycol based. They work the same but the propylene based won't kill pets shoudl they lick it off the ground and cost a little more. Hope this helps.

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