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Want to change the water and antifreeze in our 1995 volvo and unsure of what brand and mixture to use.. thnx

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Prestone and Peak are the leading maker of antifreeze.

You can use the green color or universal antifreeze.

DO NOT pick Dexcool formula (orange color). It's for GM car only.

50/50 is the recommended mix.

If you are in below freezing climate then check the label the the mixing level.

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