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post #1 of 7 Old 05-21-2005, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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4th Generation What kind of coolant to use?

Hi all,

I just bought a 1997 V6 Camry LE. The coolant is running low. I was going to top it off but noticed the expenasion tank orange coolant in it. The user's manual says to use ethylene-glycol coolant, which I believe is the green stuff, is it not? I don't know the differences between the two coolant types, but I don't think they're compatible.

Which one should I use, and why would the orange stuff be in there in the first place?
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Ummm, answered my own question with this thread:
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/t22782.html

Missed it on my first search.

Looks like I should use the orange, but I'm still confused since the owner's manual says to use ethelyene-glycol.
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I use the green one.

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Toyota engines are made to use DexCool (red) coolant only. It protects the aluminum heads. The silicates in the green coolant corrode the heads.

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Hmmm. In the thread above, someone said Dexcool is not the same as the red Toyota coolant.
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i have green in my 3vz fe -- if hte motor dies, what an excuse to power it up!


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Best to use Toyota Red Premix. There are many on the market, make sure to use the right one:

Another good article:

http://www.motorage.com/motorage/art....jsp?id=156227
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