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My 2006 impala takes a long time to heat up. There is now coolant in the plastic tank under the hood. How much should I add and what type? Can't find the darn owners manual/// Thanks.

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  • Arnold May 11, 2010

    Does the engine take a long time to heat or are you talking about the heater output temperature? Does you heater work better (assuming the engine is warm) when you rev the engine?

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Plastic tank should tell you, it will be on the side of tank with raised letters that say "ADD" and "FULL" what type of coolant, i don't know but your local auto parts store can tell you that.

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