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Dexcool antifreeze is GM approved not for Chrysler. Each manufacturer now has its own specific formula designed for their specific engine & cooling system. If you mix new formula antifreezes with the good old green they become caustic, eating from the inside out.There are now formulas called all makes & models that can be mixed with OE style antifreezes & conventional without causing harm. If you are not sure what is in there get the All Makes All Models version. Better safe than sorry.

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SOURCE: 2000 Chrysler Town and Country Antifreeze leak

I have a 2000 town/country van it leaks antifreeze.the waterpump has been replaced.after a good ride when i park i here a hissing noise from passg side.the car does not run hot what could it be?

Posted on Jul 17, 2009

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SOURCE: Coolant type and capacity of 2003 Chrysler T&C

any ethylene glycol antifreeze will do regardless of colour ,50% soloution ,unless your in a zone where temperatures can drop below -20c then use neat ethylene glycol 100% if vehicle if left outside with no pre heater in the cooling system

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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SOURCE: coolant coming out of the overflow spout after shutting down.

It appears the tank system is(overflow) is is doing its job, but the cooling aystem is releasing too much and ytying to recover every bit ejen it cools down. Ck the radiator cap pressure rating. It shoul be between 12 and 4 lbs. Hane the old cap checkrd or just get a new one. If it's not the cap, The next thing is whether or not you have a pressurization of the cooling sysrem due to combustion leakage. This can also be tested for be a shop when the cap is tested, You can chk for that yourself by doing the following. Get a container filled with clear clean water. Submerge the overflow recovery hose end in the container. The end taht was in the recovery tank. Make sure your cooloing system/radiator is full and start your engine. Let everything stabilize. Watch your container for bubbles that contain smoke. Little snoky bubles and coolant being added to your container. If either is present you have a head gasket lea or a bad head pressurizing the cooling system.. And yes, you will end up with an overheated engine with a fever. So if there are any more Questions, feel free to ask.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009

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SOURCE: i mixed antifreez when coolant was low only about

why was your coolant low? did you inspect engine for any leaks? two quarts is quite a bit low. when you start the car up do you see big white vapor cloud along with water? say no please! good because you probably know what that means. Whenever you lose coolant and you cant explain why.... that's not good. Its always good to see a leak except from a cracked block. A head gasket you wont see any leak from the engine. Check the dip stick or oil filler cap, does it look watery? or like a milkshake? no i hope! Now let engine cool approx three hours.. recheck and top off coolant, replace radiator cap if it looks rusty or corroded, then warm up engine and put your hand on the upper radiator hose, you shouldn't feel any coolant running though the hose in fact you should be able to squeeze it flat. Now when the temp gauge gets to around normal operating temperature the hose should feel hot and when you try and squeeze it you should feel a slight back pressure...this is all good, thermostat is working and water pump is supplying pressure. If the hose is not hot after it warms up, you have a stuck thermostat and will need a new one. a bad thermostat will cause the engine to prematurely boil off coolant and that may be why your car was 2 quarts low.

When you use just water it keeps the boiling point at 212 degrees with a proper mix 50/50 it'll bring boiling point up to approx 240 degrees. did you check also to see if your fan was on? if the fan isn't working you'll overheat a little bit but on a hot summer day in stop and go traffic you'll boil over. did your car boil over? was the reservoir overfollowing with coolant? if it was then maybe your fan is inop or the fan relay isnt working. Whenever you're driving your car and it starts to overheat, turn your heater on full blast, this will take the cooler water out of the heater core system, which is usually cooler, and it will dump it into the engine..it might be enough to get you to a service station and let the car cool down and reservice the radiator and try and find a leak.
Im telling you all this because im trying to save my daughters car right now because she didnt think a low coolant warning light was no big deal. I took radiator cap off and it was half empty, i topped it off , i didnt feel any water going through the upper hose either..pulled out thermostat, it was toasted shut, replaced it, filled up radiator,..no leaks anywhere. You would think that a car with 297000k would have a little leak somewhere..but after driving 10 miles the low coolant light would start to flicker and it lost about half a pint. i checked exhaust and it had a lot of moisture and a little vapor cloud...prefromed a "block check" and it confirmed the blue test dye turned yellow...bad news. blown head gasket. Well two weeks now and a bottle of "Blue Devil" $65 head gasket sealer and so far so good. The first week it still ran a little rough but after you get up to speed the water would get blown off the spark plug and run like brand new. Now im in the second week of periodic checking and so far the levels arent dropping anymore and theres only a slight roughness when you first start it in the mornings but clears up in a couple of minutes. also the tranny fluid was two pints low probably due to overheating also. She said that she hasnt seen the low coolant light come back on so maybe this stuff does work! Im still checking.
i bought the car new 2.8L V-6 GTU installed a 40hp performance chip in it and always performed routine maintenance. I wanted to get at least 300000k out of it..will see. i know i went on a bit here but i just want to emphazise the importance of the cooling systems in cars.
hope this was informative, any feedback would be appreciated..its what keeps us going at Fix Ya!





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SOURCE: I have a 2000 Chrysler Concorde with a 2.7 L.

yes. it could have overheated or warped a cylinder head or gasket.

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Why does the dealer says you must use red coolant? 2004 kia


Japanese green, Toyota red, Korean or European blue, or European yellow? As we noted, European and Korean formulas have silicates, so U.S. green or yellow/gold is all right, but it slightly compromises the extended life formulas some have. Typically all that means is: Change at 30,000 instead of 36,000 miles. The Japanese green and red antifreezes have no silicates, but they are very different from U.S. orange. If you really drain out the old antifreeze from any of these systems (thoroughly rinse the system with fresh water), you certainly can refill with a U.S. yellow/gold or green silicated antifreeze.

difference between Dexcool® and clear up some myths and misconceptions about both. This is quite a challenge because every company's antifreezes have different combinations of additives and inhibitors. I won't go into brand specific formulations but rather stick to the basic properties common to all antifreezes.
One myth is that all red antifreezes are Dexcool®. There are standard antifreezes that are red and cars that have Dexcool® will be labeled as such. Another myth is that Dexcool® is not glycol based. Not true, all antifreezes are glycol based, including Dexcool®. Both ethylene glycol (EG) and propylene glycol (PG) are used as the antifreezebase. From here the additional additives and inhibitors are added. Each glycol has supporters, although the best choice depends on the intended use. There are several considerations to be made when choosing an antifreeze, the most important being performance. In the area of performance there is very little difference in EG and PG. Additives determine most performance criteria so all coolants supplied by a respectable manufacturer will perform well. The one major difference in EG and PG is toxicity.
Because the most persuasive reason to use PG instead of EG based antifreeze is toxicity, we should discuss a little about toxicity. The first thing to think about is the difference between acute and chronic toxicity. Acute toxicity refers to toxicity that has a short duration. If you survive poisoning with an acute toxin, there are usually no lasting effects. Chronic toxicity on the other hand is something that lasts a long time. When poisoned with a chronic toxin, symptoms may not appear for a long time and they may last indefinitely.
PG differs from EG in both acute and chronic toxicity's. In antifreeze we are most concerned about one time accidental ingestion. Therefore our interest is in acute toxicity. The acute toxicity of PG, especially in humans, is substantially lower than that of EG. Propylene glycol, like alcohol, is not toxic at low levels. In applications where ingestion is a possibility, PG based antifreeze is a prudent choice. EG is the most common base used in the manufacturing of antifreeze.
Another consideration is that all antifreezes pick up heavy metal contamination during service. When contaminated (particularly with lead) any used antifreeze can be considered hazardous. Because of metal contamination many people feel that the toxicity of used antifreeze is the same regardless of glycol. This is where we look at chronic toxicity. PG is not a chronic toxin. EG and heavy metals are chronic toxins. Heavy metals, on the other hand are not acute toxins at the levels found in used antifreeze. For this reason PG based antifreezes, are much safer for people and pets in case of accidental ingestion even after use.
In many US and Japanese antifreeze formulas phosphate is added as a corrosion inhibitor. European vehicle manufacturers, however, recommend against the use of phosphate containing antifreeze. The following will examine the different positions on this issue to help judge the pros and cons on phosphate inhibitors.
In the US market, a phosphate inhibitor is included in many formulas to provide several important functions that help reduce automotive cooling system damage. The benefits provided by the phosphate include:
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  • Provide for corrosion protection to ferrous metals.
  • Act as a buffer to keep the antifreeze mixture alkaline. This prevents acid build-up that will damage or destroy metal engine parts.
European manufacturers feel that these benefits are achievable with inhibitors other than phosphate. Their main concerns with phosphate containing products are the potential for solids dropout when mixed with hard water. Solids can collect on cooling system walls forming what is known as scale. This concern comes from the fact that European water is much harder than water in the US. Because phosphate "softens" water by forming solids of calcium or magnesium salts that can dropout of solution, there is potential for cooling system blockage. The phosphate level in most US and Japanese antifreeze formulas do not generate significant solids. Furthermore modern antifreeze formulations are designed to minimize the formation of scale. The small amount of solids formed presents no problem for cooling systems or to water pump seals.

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Heat does not seem to get real warm,could there be a flow restriction some where


Could be the thermostat not opening and closing properly. It could also be a flow problem in the heater core. The Dexcool antifreeze that GM uses in their vehicles can cause a gummy sludge to form in the cooling system, which can cause flow restrictions and overheating. I would suggest changing the thermostat and flushing the cooling system. Use an approved antifreeze other than Dexcool to refill the cooling system to avoid future problems.

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GM dexcool or you can only mix with a type that says all makes or models,GM dexcool approved replacement. DONT use regular green antifreeze, they do not mix.

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Prestone and Peak are the leading maker of antifreeze.

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