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.
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.
Last edited by gfollert; 02-03-2012 at 09:54 PM.
Reason: added motorbike comm
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.
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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