Coolant

Submitted: Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 09:43
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Wondering what the feeling is about the best coolant for a cooling system, my engine is all cast iron with aluminum fittings, I use Nulon coolant with a 50 /50 mix and tap water, I've heard some tales about Techtalloy, also tap water versus distilled water, what's the opinions. Any bad experiences with certain brands, I've heard that the Holden coolant is supposed to be the best, but that is reflected in the price. Fire away..............Keep the shiny side up
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Reply By: Simon - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 10:56

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 10:56
Martyn, I just use origanal coolant, ie Holden coolant in my Holden, Toyota coolant in my Toyota. Mixed to the correct amount with distilled water. The distilled water is the cheap part but I beleive even the dearest coolant to be cheap compared to replaceing motors.
(the reason I use distilled water is because tap water is quite often unknown quality and where i live even rain water has salt in it from the sea)
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Reply By: Member - Chris (W.A.) - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 12:00

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 12:00
Toyota long life coolant is the way to go but I wouldn't expect you to put it in a Patrol - compare the prices. Always use distilled water or at least rainwater if you don't have access to free distilled water.Love the bush.
Chris
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Reply By: Flash - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 13:01

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 13:01
Yes. good quality coolant with Demin or distilled OR rain water. Don't use tap water.
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Reply By: Member - Martyn (WA) - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 22:24

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 22:24
Thanks people, guess what I will be doing at the weekend? Going on what you've said I had better change the Rangies water as well seeing as it's all ally, ummmmmmmmmKeep the shiny side up
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Reply By: awill4x4 - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 23:17

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 23:17
Martyn, make sure if you do change coolants that you use an aftermarket coolant flush beforehand. then fill with fresh water and do a "stray current" test before adding coolant.
Check out www.are.com.au and then have a look in their tech section especially their "horror pics section"
Lots of excellent info here on cooling systems.
Regards Andrew.
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Reply By: Hugh - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 23:27

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 23:27
Hi Martyn,

Most all OEMs will recommend an Ethylene Glycol based coolant, typically 50% EG/ 50% distilled water.

I would caution everybody about the leading aftermarket coolants such as Tectalloy, Nulon, etc without noting the Ethylene Glycol concentration. These guys do a great marketing job, especially in clear containers where green coolant must be good right. I work in the engine development business and once you've seen 100% EG, you'll realise how diluted these coolants are. For instance Tectaloy 90Plus, which is marketed toward 4WD, etc is only 33% EG, not 90% as some people believe (read the fine print). The other forms of Tectaloy are even less. If you do buy this stuff then be sure to use it undiluted. Tectaloy do market 100Plus which is 50% EG but I've never seen it. What is interesting is that Tectaloy have a product VPlus which is concentrate EG made to GMH specs. Maybe that tells you something.

I am sure Tectaloy make a good quality product (to Australian Standards even), however just be sure of what you are using and what your manufacturer recommends.

You'll likely get a good quality product, and better price, if you approach a local radiator specialist.



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Follow Up By: Member - Martyn (WA) - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 08:48

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 08:48
Hugh,
Keep the shiny side up
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Follow Up By: Member - Martyn (WA) - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 08:48

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 08:48
Hugh,
Keep the shiny side up
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Follow Up By: Member - Martyn (WA) - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 08:48

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 08:48
Hugh,
Keep the shiny side up
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Follow Up By: Member - Martyn (WA) - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 08:56

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 08:56
Bugger,
I've done it again somehow only three times this time round ah well, the string must be near enough fiished anyway.
Thanks for the great info, the reason I went for the Nulon was because of the higher EG level as you mention. I think I will go and talk to my Nissan spares parts guy about the Nissan Long Life. I've just spent a lot of money getting the engine right and to bugger it up for the price of a container of OEM coolant. A friend of mine at work is chasing the stray current issue with his commodore, he's on his third rad in two years, I'll check the pictures out I may be able to help him out as well.
I suspect that the coolant for the Nissan would be good enough for my Rangie because it's Nissan, I'm not going to get OEM coolant for my "bush hack", the Rover option will be worth more than the car I suspect, never mind the engine.Keep the shiny side up
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Reply By: Member - Michael - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 00:20

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 00:20
Hi Martyn I am a part owner in an automotive parts reseller mostly to the trade.We see all sorts of coolants and inhibitors come and go.We stock some 15 different types aftermarket and oe.The only way to go is to use genuine coolant with distilled water this is an area not to scrimp a few dollars.Toyota or Nissan long life will give you great protection for 3 years and at around 40 dollars for five liters and 14 dollars for twenty liters of distilled water its very cheap insurance over that time.You will need two bottles of coolant for a Patrol but you will not need to use it all so keep some for a top up.At around a hundred dollars all up it is money very well spent having seen what some cheap and not so cheap inhibitors can do.Before hand always use a neutralising product like Tectaloy Muckout its only an alkilie and will nuetralise the old inhibitor before you put in the fresh stuff. Gotta get out there. Debbie and Mike
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethefugawi - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 08:23

Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 08:23
Mike what is the coolant that Toyota use and is tectalloy any good?
My 100 series has been filled with tectalloy by natrad radiator specialist???
Regards
RichardRichard
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