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Old 02-03-2012, 03:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Engine Coolant

We need to fill up the engine coolant tank and I don't know what to get.

I can't find Genuine Suzuki Coolant like in the manual. Or an equivelent that says it is one.
Could we use some generic halfords stuff? There is one that says for most cars after 1998.

Is the suzuki stuff special or something? I saw one while looking that mentioned it uses phosphates and that is'nt commen.

Please, please, can anyone help me?

We don't know what to get.

Can anyone list some brands or types we can get in the uk.
or a place to get the genuine stuff.

The car before was a fiesta, and it just used water.

The only results i get are for motorbikes.

I don't know much about cars, but I don't think you can use motorbike stuff in cars.
Can you use motorbike stuff?

Please, please help us.
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The car before was a fiesta, and it just used water.
The Fiesta should also have been filled with 50/50 coolant..

This may help you understand the importance of the correct mix...

There are several types and they are best not combined.....

May i ask why you need to fill the expansion tank?.......Philip
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In a nutshell, if you had green stuff then put in Green Stuff and if you had Blue Stuff, then put in Blue stuff. It don't get much harder than that.
Put in what was already there.
Blue Stuff is usually the Suzuki Coolant and Green Stuff is Prestone Anti-Freeze.

Around here, our coolant is sort of a florescent Green. So we put in a 50/50 mix of Prestone Anti-Freeze and distilled water. We can buy it already pre-mixed, at any auto parts supply store, or large store with an automotive department, like Wal-Mart.
It's the only coolant I've ever used in 50+ years.

Never, ever put just plain water in any automobiles cooling system. That will rust/corrode it out in no time at all and plain water makes a very poor coolant.

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when was the last time the coolant was fully replaced? Engine coolant should be replaced every 2 to 3 years, so maybe your best choice could be that.
There are many different types of coolants, and many of them are not compatible with others. If you're not sure about what's inside now, it's safer to replenish with distilled water, until a full fluid replace can be done.

About motorbikes stuff, for sure it should work well, but usually it will be a lot more expensive. It doesn't need to be Suzuki branded coolant, and coolants like Mobil Permazone, Shell Shellzone or any other good quality ethylene glycol based coolant in a 50/50 mixture if freezing is expexted and no lower than 70/30 (water/coolant) if no freezing is expected but a minimum percentage is required for rust protection.

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My owners manual, says that I should replace my engine coolant at 30k miles, in fact EVERY 30k miles.
I'm just a little over that now, but the coolant is still nice and clean, so I'm not worrying about it too much.
I will change it, however, before hot weather, because coolant can become acidic with age and the anti-rust additives can become useless.

I've done the coolant flush and fill many times on my cars in the past, so it's really no big deal. It takes just a little while and a little effort.
A flush-n-fill kit, a couple of jugs of Prestone 50/50, a nice day and a six-pack of beer is all I need.


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The Fiesta should also have been filled with 50/50 coolant..

This may help you understand the importance of the correct mix...

There are several types and they are best not combined.....

May i ask why you need to fill the expansion tank?.......Philip
Somehow I dropped the link... Antifreeze - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Caution with coolant, it is deadly toxic (animals and children), clean up well and dispose of properly... Philip
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Thank you very much.

We have owned it 2 weeks. Bought used and from 2008 with low mileage. No idea when it was last filled or changed.
Could have been sat unused for years for all we know.
Could have evaporated.

The coolant looks blue.
So if we find blue we just add it then.
After diluting it 50/50 with water.
Or change it entirely.

If we get green we empty the tank first if it's blue I take it.
I saw the emptying kits when looking online.

There's 3 options for us to find at least now anyway.
Plus motorcycle stuff.

It's low and I think we need to fill it asap, because it snows this time of year.
Presumabley it is'nt dangerously low, or else the dealer would have filled it.
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Some I found at halfords.

Halfords | Halfords Advanced Antifreeze & Coolant Concentrate 5 Litres

Halfords | Halfords Antifreeze & Coolant Concentrate 1 Litre

Elsewere

CarPlan Blue Star Anti Freeze - 5 Litre | Car Care, Car Maintenance and Car Audio | Motormania

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ENGINE-ICE...item2c5aae210f

http://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/c/Su...0481&0&cc5_866

Any of these right?
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You should be able to see the fluid level in the clear plastic overflow tank right behind the hood latch.
As long as you see SOME coolant in that tank when it's cold, you're not in any real trouble. If what you see is blue, then that's the Suzuki coolant and you will probably have to go to Suzuki to purchase more. I've heard "It Ain't Cheap".
But if it's green, you can get the Prestone 50-50 mix at any auto parts store or Discount Stores like Wal-Mart. Fill that tank only to the FULL line and no more, when its cool.

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Thank you. It's blue.The manual says suzuki genuine coolant or a equivellant.
It will have to be blue whatever we get I think.

It's wierd there no suzuki shops to buy it from.
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