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It gets put into solution, at about 1 quart per cylinder and the balance water. Another easy way is to bi YEARLY flush your cooling system at a lube shop. They properly capture and dispose of the old fluid. And they run clean new in until they get clean new out of your system...and all at the correct mixture.
Newer cars use red antifreeze. It actually cools better, and you need to stick with what your year is supposed to have. The red stuff is supposed to go longer, but it cakes up all around and should be much more agressively flushed and replenished.

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To properly apply antifreeze to engine you ave to:
Use specific antifreeze for your car.
Chrysler uses MOPAR, GM uses Gm antifreeze, and so on.
Use 50/50 you are adding coolant.
Check the strength of coolant with a tester.
Te freezing point ave to be at least -34F degree.
If using a tester with 5 balls one ball must go down.
If flushing the radiator use concentrated Atifreeze

Posted on Oct 09, 2010

  • global1207 Oct 09, 2010

    you have to mix 75% coolant with 25% distilled water. The reason is because the thermostat is closed and flushing water is trapped inside the engine. At the last stage of filling we correct the strength of coolant till reach freezing point -34F that means a final 50/50 strength.
    Flushing the radiator needs some experience, use distilled water, tap water has chlorine and is corrosive, avoid air pockets, and after engine cools down test the strength of coolant. In some cases you have to siphon coolant from the radiator and add antifreeze or distilled water as needed.
    The red coolant has additives and protect the radiator, engine and lubricates the water pump.
    But in some cases this result in a clogged heating core. In my cars i replace the red one with green Prestone, but you have to flush radiator every two years.

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