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We have replaced the radiator recently and we need to add the antifreeze fluid. Need to know which kind of antifreeze fluid we should use and if needed to mixed with water and if so at what %

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If the coolant looked red/pink/orange than it was dexcool and the new radiator should be filled with dexcool only. Most of the time you will need to mix it 50/50 with water. Sometimes it will come premixed and it will be labeled as premix.

If the old coolant was green than regular green coolant is what you need. Again you can sometimes find it premixed but if not it will need to be mixed 50/50 with water.

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