What can I use instead of g12 coolant?

There may be an available substitute for G12 coolant, such as Prestone’s Extended Life 5/150, which is said to be phosphate-free.

The G12 fluid must not be mixed with other types of coolants or additives. A 50/50 mixture of G12 to distilled water is recommended, however in severe cold climates a 60/40 mixture of G12 to distilled water is permissible. The Volkswagen G11 coolant is blue-green, and the Volkswagen G12 coolant is red.

Furthermore, is g40 coolant the same as g12? a3tdi2001 Member. Comma G40 is made by BASF and it is the same as G12++. Worth flushing out the system before changing over if your old stuff is pink (G30 same as G12/G12+) although they all are mixable apparently. If you’re diluting it, it’s best to used distilled water as recommended by Comma.

Also asked, do I have to use g12 coolant?

(RVs021. The only thing you can’t do is mix the G12 with any other kind of coolant. If you flush every last bit of the g12 out of your cooling system, you can use any kind of coolant you want. If you mix it, you end up with a nasty brown sludge in the system.

Can I use g13 coolant instead of g12?

The G13 has the same exceptional cooling and antifreeze performance as G12++, but it is manufactured using glycerin. Glycerin is much less harmful to the environment than glycol. The G13 is also excellent for cooling and protection against corrosion and chalk deposits.

What coolant does Volkswagen use?

Volkswagen uses a specific Audi/VW G13 or G12 approved antifreeze. The exact kind that your particular model uses should be stamped on the expansion tank, as well as listed in the owner’s manual. Volkswagen coolant is always pink or purple in color. Use the same color that your vehicle already has if you’re topping up.

Does g12 coolant need to be diluted?

Verify that you have the correct anti-phosphate anti-amine G11 or G12 VW coolant. Fill your VW cooling system with this 50/50 mixture. You MUST dilute the coolant using DISTILLED water to a 50/50 concentration. DO NOT mix normal tap water with coolant.

Is Prestone a g12?

Many companies like VW and Audi recommend using G12/G13 coolants on their system. And that’s only because G12 has better lubricating capacities (which is why it is sometimes called “lifelong coolant”). The regular coolant (let’s take Prestone as our reference), on the other hand does not contain phosphates.

Can I add water to g12 coolant?

A 50/50 mixture of G12 to distilled water is recommended, however in severe cold climates a 60/40 mixture of G12 to distilled water is permissible. DO NOT exceed a coolant mixture greater than 60% for G11 or G12! DO NOT mix G11 or G12 together, or with any other coolant. Mixing different types of coolant is prohibited.

Can you mix 2 different coolants?

The green and orange coolants do not mix. When mixed together they form a gel-like substance that stops coolant flow and consequently the engine overheats. There are some coolants that claim compatibility with Dexcool, but I would rather err conservatively and add what the system is supposed to take rather than gamble.

Can I just add water to my coolant?

Although water can be added to the radiator for this purpose, it’s preferable to add a mixture of coolant and water because plain water can boil before the proper coolant will boil, causing your engine to overheat [source: pontiac]. A car radiator cannot work if there isn’t enough coolant inside the system.

Can I use Prestone coolant in my VW?

NEW Prestone 50/50 Prediluted Antifreeze/Coolant for European vehicles is specially formulated for use in Volkswagen®, Audi®, Mercedes®, BMW®/MINI®, & Volvo® vehicles**. Prestone, the #1 Branded Engine Protection*, fights the spread of corrosion, helping a vehicle’s cooling system run more efficiently and last longer.

Is g12 coolant the same as Dexcool?

Theoretically, G12 and G13 can mix with no issues. However, if the current coolant in your car is Dexcool (orange), or generic ethylene glycol (green or yellow), mixing in G12 may cause it to coagulate and clog your heater core, radiator, pipes, or water pump.

Can you mix pink and purple coolant?

The purple and above pink Vw coolant are interchangeable and can be mixed. And another (similar statements are made FOUR times- once in descriptions for red/pink and purple coolant descriptions. This pink and the below purple Vw coolant are interchangeable and can be mixed.

How do I know if my coolant is g12?

Color of G12 is PINK. You are correct. If there is a different type of coolant in the system (other than G12), it should be flushed really well and re-filled with G12. If you mix G12 and an alternate coolant bad things will happen.

How do I know what antifreeze to use?

Rather than open the cap on the radiator, just check to see whether the liquid reaches the “Full” line on the side of the coolant reservoir shown here. It’s part of the coolant recovery system. If the liquid doesn’t reach the “Full” line, open the bottle and add a 50/50 mix of water and coolant until it does.

Can I use regular coolant in my Audi?

Use ONLY Audi VW G13, or G12 approved coolant! Do NOT use regular store bought coolant, which typically doesn’t correspond with the specifications of an Audi cooling system. Most Audi coolant comes in a concentrated form. You MUST dilute the coolant using DISTILLED water to a 50/50 concentration.

What kind of coolant does my car use?

There are three main types of coolant that car companies use: Inorganic Additive Technology (IAT), Organic Acid Technology (OAT), and Hybrid Organic Acid Technology (HOAT). Typically, older cars use IAT. It needs to be changed every two years or 24,000 miles, making it far inferior to newer formulas.