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Old 09-13-2008, 12:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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(97 Corolla DX) which kind of coolant(anti-freeze) should I use?

I know there are typically two kinds of coolant(yellow and blue). There is no coolant left when I bought my car. Thus I cannot tell which one I should add. Please let me know if you had the same model. Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-13-2008, 12:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is no coolant left when I bought my car.
Then you have more serious issues. Coolant shouldnt disappear.

As for color, green or blue should be fine and thats what should be there from the factory. Ethylene glycol is what you'd want to use. However it doesnt count the fact if someone ever changed it, because then it can be something else.
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97 should be red from the factory.

Flashmn is right if you are loosing coolant, you may have more serious issue than that. Water pump maybe?

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was there/is there atleast coolant in the radiator if you open the cap? if there wasnt then you're likely boned because its been overheated.
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I was under the impression that toyota started using red coolant when they transferred to aluminium engines "ZZ" etc.
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It might depend on where it was built too. Who knows, Toyota had been building cars all over the world.

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Thank you for reminding me, Bitter. I opened the cap and there is some yellow fluid left. Anyways, I will run a check on the cooling system since it is really weird that the reservoir is totally empty. I forgot checking the reservoir when I bought it. T_T

Again, thank you guys for the advices.
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yellow is likely prestone universal coolant, it has a somewhat neon yellow color to it when mixed 50/50.

as long as the radiator was full you're probably OK. coolant in an open system like the corolla DOES 'just vanish' over time. the water will evaporate out through the spill over tube slowly...however you should be on the lookout for leaks. get the engine warmed up and the coolant system under pressure and look for any leaks. check around where the lines connect to the engine/radiator, the thermostat housing, coolant temp sensors, the water pump, and the coolant lines that run the back of the block. coolant will 'glow' under black light leak detectors with the special glasses, you dont need to add dye to it usually.
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I use toyota red. my 88 mr2 had toyota red. I've also seen orange ones.
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Orange is Dex-Cool I believe and is bad news for Toyota and Honda cooling systems.

I've been using Prestone for years in my Integra, and it looks green. It contains ethelyne glycol which is what 96 Corollas call for, not sure about 97.
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^97 is the same
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if your confident that you got all the old coolant out, you can put whatever you want, i tend to stay away from premixed stuff because it contains tap water and wreaks havoc on my cast iron blocks, the only issue youll have is if you had the ethylene glycol? mix and you add the orange dexcool stuff without flushing all of it out, and then youll get some dexcool jello globs in your cooling system, not to mention some problems
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any proof of this claim that premixed coolants contain tap water? I find that a bit hard to believe.
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any proof of this claim that premixed coolants contain tap water? I find that a bit hard to believe.
im talking about those 50 50 mixes that are sold and ready to use, so u dont have to mix it yourself.

http://www.peakantifreeze.com/peakrtu.html

as you can see that mix uses deionized water as opposed to distilled water. i recommend that distilled water be used when mixing coolant, it prevents corrosion from building up in your system.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distill...r#Deionization

you dont even know what the hell you're talking about.
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