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    HOAT coolant vs All make coolant

    Hello,

    I am looking to buy some coolant to top my 2005 GCV. At my local store, I only see antifreeze/coolant which is compatible with ANYantifreeze/ coolant – regardless of color – for use in ALL makes and models of cars and light duty trucks.

    Can I trust a brand like Prestone to top up my coolant or am I better off going to the dealer to pick a jug of the OEM?

    Thanks
    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulg_ca View Post
    Hello,

    I am looking to buy some coolant to top my 2005 GCV. At my local store, I only see antifreeze/coolant which is compatible with ANYantifreeze/ coolant regardless of color for use in ALL makes and models of cars and light duty trucks.

    Can I trust a brand like Prestone to top up my coolant or am I better off going to the dealer to pick a jug of the OEM?

    Thanks
    Paul
    I've always been told to not mix the different coolant types...why take a chance?

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    Paul:

    Were it me, I would pick up a gallon from the dealer if you are just looking to top off. That way, you won't end up with an awful looking mess when you mix different colors even though they claim to be mixable.

    I plan to do this for my wifes 05.

    When/if you finally do decide to flush and/or change it, take a look at the Prestone Global GO5 amber coolant. I just did a complete flush/refill with this on my 01 Durango, and so far am very pleased. The D came with the factory green stuff that only lasts for 3/30, so I was not going to continue that way.

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    Welcome to the ongoing and sometimes heated discussion of coolants. Here is my take on it: Coolant does a lot more than just keep your engine from overheating. It also contains additives to prevent electrolysis, lubricate the seal in the water pump, prevent foaming, and condition gaskets. The pros say there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all coolant. I agree. With the life of your radiator, heater core, water pump, and heater tubes at stake, and the cost of replacing those components FAR exceeding the extra cost of genuine Chrysler coolant, why would anybody risk it?

    Read this article on coolant electrolysis and then let us know if you think saving a few bucks by buying a universal coolant is worth it? http://free-auto-repair-advice.blogs...l/electrolysis
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    When I did the head gaskets on the 1998 a few weeks ago I drained the coolant and replaced it with Peak Sierra which is a Propylene Glycol based antifreeze. I did that for two reasons, 1) it is supposedly less toxic to the environment in the event of an accidental spill, and 2) it is less toxic to engine bearings in the event that I don't get the slow coolant leak into the engine oil.
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    Been using the plain old green Prestone for 30+ years. I just change it every other year, change the hoses and t-stat every 4 years. Been living in a desert for 14 years. Never had a cooling system problem on any of my vehicles. Works for me. My 06 RAV4 came with that extended life coolant. There went the apple cart.
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    RIP, where do you find plain old green Prestone? I would love to keep using that in my 63 LeMans but I can't find it anyplace. Everything on the shelf now is 5-Year use with any color stuff.

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    Dealer stuff is the best to use in the new ones (Chrysler Products) with the Red antifreeze.
    However you can use this safely. It is not red but is the same formula and alittle cheaper then the dealer stuff.

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    The dealer stuff is "embittered" so that it tastes real bad to pets and wildlife. It is only a few dollars more than the G5 near colorless stuff sold at your parts store. The life you save may be your pet.

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    coolant

    It might also be a good time to change the coolant (propylene glycol) in your toothpaste.

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