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Coolant Concerns I just bought a gallon of Prestone Dex-Cool antifreeze is this compatible with my 2004 Dodge Grande Caravan?

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Yep, 50-50. Only foreign cars need special anti-freeze.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

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What antifreeze i use for my 2002 dodge caravan


Most likely Dex-cool. Check the color to see if it is orange. If it is green, then it's regular coolant.

Mar 05, 2011 | 2000 Dodge Caravan

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My Toyota Cressida needs a top up of Coolant. What type of coolant do I need. It is a Toyota Cressida Grande 1990


Best stuff to use in my opinion, is Prestone All-Makes. It can safely be added to any colour of coolant (tho I still do not recommend mixing it with Dex-Cool, allthough it says it is fine). You don't have to worry tho yours will not be Dex-Cool as that is a GM type coolant.

So to re-cap, I recommend Prestone All-Makes. You can decide whether you want pre-mixed, which you can pour straight in, or concentrated which will need to be mixed 50/50 with water.

Jan 06, 2011 | 1990 Toyota Cressida

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Found rust like material in water system change radiator and water pump thermostat .flushed system numerious times car still runs hot and water is still a rusty mess.


You may have to flush the system again. Did you use a commercial flush such as Prestone Super Flush? Plain water won't remove the rust and sludge. The Dex-cool antifreeze that GM recommends for their cars is bad about forming a gummy sludge in the cooling system. It clogs radiators and heater cores. I would suggest another flush with the Prestone product. Follow the directions closely for best results. One thing that will help is. after you drain the radiator, refill with clear water and let the engine run until the coolant is circulating good, then drain it again. Do this three or four times. This will ensure that all the antifreeze has been removed from the engine block. When you refill the radiator, use a green antifreeze that is compatible with aluminum radiators and aluminum engine parts. Do not use Dex-cool. Dex-cool can also cause the intake gaskets to fail. Make sure the new thermostat is at least a 195degree unit and that it is installed correctly. you would be surprised how many thermostats get installed upside down. After refilling the radiator, leave the radiator cap off and let the engine run until the coolant is flowing. Keep adding antifreeze each time the coolant is pulled down into the radiator. Use full strength antifreeze because the water that is retained in the block will dilute it. A 50/50 mixture won't protect below freezing.

Dec 27, 2010 | 2003 Buick Rendezvous

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What type of antifreeze does it use


Prestone and a few other companies make an All-Makes product that is safe for mixing with all other coolants.

The ``special coolant`` that it says must be used is an Extended, or Long life, coolant (Note: Not Dex-Cool). The Prestone product name above would work perfectly, and if you want to save a little cash, buy it concentrated and just mix 50/50 with water.

Dec 13, 2010 | 2000 Dodge Caravan

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I have a 1997 chevy lumina what kind of antifreeze should i use?


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.

Nov 04, 2010 | 1997 Chevrolet Lumina

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I didn't know to put dexa cool antifreeze in my van and i added a gallon of regular antifreeze i can see my fluid coming out pretty fast after driving my van...heater blows intermittently...please help


you cannot mix dex and regular it will cause a gel affect you will need to get a coolant flush and change to regular dex is terrible it will be ok to do so

Dec 22, 2009 | Dodge Caravan Cars & Trucks

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Is it ok if i used Prestone 50/50 Prediluted Antifreeze/coolant for my 2001 chevy blazer other than dez cool? I did not mix the two i ve been using the Prestone since i had my blazer for about a year.


It's OK to use Prestone 50/50 Prediluted Antifreeze/coolant. But, it needs to be DEX COOL. There is a reason for it. The seals and the water pump in the cooling system are made to run with the DEX COOL. Anything like a non-compatible coolant will cause problems down the road. I wouldn't risk it. They do make 50/50 DEX COOL.

Sep 23, 2009 | 2001 Chevrolet Blazer

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1999 Lumina 6-cylinder: which antifreeze can/must I use?


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.

Dec 17, 2008 | 1999 Chevrolet Lumina

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What coolant to use for 2001 plymouth neon


2001 most chrysler products switched to GO5 antifreeze. DEX cool will not work and should not be mixed. Check in your owners it will tell you. Or they make antifreeze now called all makes all models by prestone that will work. Please rate

Dec 12, 2008 | 2001 Plymouth Neon

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I topped up my coolant tank with premixed Prestone (green).


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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