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Engine Coolant Thanks for such a quick response. I just want to make sure, the engine coolant and the radiator are two different reservoirs. The one I am asking about is the engine coolant container. It is a white plastic container much like the windshield wiper fluid. So, I do not need a special engine coolant, I can use the same antifreeze (Prestone 50/50) I put in the radiator, in the engine coolant reservoir, right? Thank you.

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