Coolant Question

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Aleric, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. Aleric

    Aleric Guest

    I have a question about "Volvo" coolant. My '95 940t recommends topping off
    with it and water 50/50. Is there a commonly available substitute? The
    auto parts stores say the stuff they sell works just as good. Is there
    anything special about Volvo coolant? Same thing with our old VW Jetta,
    and our MB too. Are they all in the coolant business?

    Aleric, Jul 9, 2003
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  2. Aleric

    S. Nash Guest

    I've wondered the same thing...but from what I read here and what the dealer
    specified, volvo coolant is "phosphate free" (to not harm aluminum)

    I've parked my car either until I find it cheaper than $17 a liter from the
    dealer. I didnt confirm with the volvo sites I've seen mentioned here, what
    the going price from them is....Dont know about a MB & Jetta but I imagine
    similar needs.

    S. Nash, Jul 9, 2003
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  3. Aleric

    Aleric Guest

    Yes, right. But don't *most* radiators now days have aluminum cores? So
    shouldn't they *all* require a phosphate free version of coolant only
    available from the manufacturer (apparently). The regular stuff, like
    Prestone, Xerex, etc. must be damaging a lot of cars then? I have to
    check the specs on my BMW. I wouldn't be surprised if the story wasn't the
    same with them.
    Aleric, Jul 9, 2003
  4. Aleric

    Aleric Guest

    Oops, I should say "aluminum heads". not radiator.
    Aleric, Jul 9, 2003
  5. Aleric

    brackenburn Guest

    Hi Aleric,

    The Prestone I use is"Advanced Formula". Among the "seven metals it is
    compatible with" is Aluminum.

    Andy I.
    brackenburn, Jul 10, 2003
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