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Old 06-15-2010, 12:41 PM   #11
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I don't suggest a trans flush, just a fluid and filter change. That you can do yourself. There'* a write up in tech info in maintenance. Save the money and do it yourself.
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When doing a radiator flush, and replacing with the green coolant...Does the air affect the green coolant just like the Dexcool and create that greasy crud buildup? If so, how do I ensure the system is free of air to eliminate the greasy buildup?

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No, the green wont do the same thing.
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When looking to see if the water was circulating through the radiator, I'm assuming your just looking through the cap? About how long does the car need to run before its completely circulates?

I just looked online and seems my car holds about 3.2 gallons of cooland throughout the complete cooling system...

Do you suggest to run a 50/50 mixture of green coolant to water? Mind you, i do live in MIchigan where the temps get to -10 below at the very Coldest, usually in the single digits to teens is most common..

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To get past 200K miles, normal maintenance should do. I waited until 150K to do plugs and wires, mostly because it never had a hiccup. At that time I put plugs, wires, coolant flush, hoses, and thermostat on. At 175 it got new rotors and pads and a thorough brake fluid flush. Its had 50K mile trans svcs. The last svc at 175 included a shift kit, and it eliminated the hard shifts, but I still think a tranny rebuild is going to happen before 250K, even if it doesn't fail before then.

The single biggest thing you can do for the car? Don't ever let it overheat. Watch the coolant tank like a hawk. If you're adding coolant at every oil change, there is a problem.

Next, fix stuff before it breaks. Advantage: You can shop for parts dirt cheap and install at your convenience. Plus, the car is more enjoyable to drive when everything works as intended.
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I went to Autozone yesterday, and was looking at all the coolants, and of course they all say.."Mix with any colors" which is a total false statement as far as im concerned. I looked and read the labels on basically all the brands and types, and ended up buying a green concentrate coolant that says "mix with any color."

My question is: Since im doing a complete flush (flushing with water as well) should i refill my coolant system with the old style green (that doesnt mix with anything, and its getting harder to find)? Im just wondering if the new reformulated green coolant is as good as the old style (late 90'*) or if its lost some of its protection to accomidate all mixes of coolant?

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