Camry'99 Coolant

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Old 18 Jan 2005, 08:46 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
when i checked the coolant in my car, it shows that it is in the Low
level. Shall fill that coolant myself by buying from the auto store or i
need to buy from the Toyota Dealer.? Shall i fill it by myself or anything
need to be done before filling that. appreciate your help.
Thanks
Shinoy

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Old 18 Jan 2005, 08:59 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"shinoy" <vamsee@cox.net> wrote in message
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> Hi,
> when i checked the coolant in my car, it shows that it is in the Low
> level. Shall fill that coolant myself by buying from the auto store or i
> need to buy from the Toyota Dealer.? Shall i fill it by myself or anything
> need to be done before filling that. appreciate your help.
> Thanks
> Shinoy
>

You should only add coolant to the reservoir, which is outside the radiator,
and not to the radiator itself. You should check the level in the reservoir
when the engine is cool.

Assuming that your car has been previously maintained with the OEM coolant
during previous coolant changes (but something tells me the coolant has
never been changed), then you should only use Toyota Red coolant available
from your dealer. The coolant in the reservoir will be red if it is the OEM
stuff. If the coolant in the reservoir and radiator is green, than you can
add regular coolant from an auto parts store.

Toyota Red is not like any other red coolant on the market, so don't confuse
it with something else.


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Old 18 Jan 2005, 11:28 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Tue, 18 Jan 2005 19:59:02 -0700, "Mark A" <nobody@nowhere.com>
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The coolant in the reservoir will be red if it is the OEM
stuff. If the coolant in the reservoir and radiator is green, than you
can add regular coolant from an auto parts store.

Toyota Red is not like any other red coolant on the market, so don't
confuse it with something else.
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So if someone had previously used 'any other red coolant', how
can you tell if you have OEM red coolant, or a generic red?


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Old 19 Jan 2005, 12:48 am   #4 (permalink)
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"Father Guido" <FG@SNL.COM> wrote in message
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> So if someone had previously used 'any other red coolant', how
> can you tell if you have OEM red coolant, or a generic red?
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A dealer would not have done that. It is unlikely that any other service
shop would have either. The other red coolants are special long life
formulas (but different than Toyota's).


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Old 19 Jan 2005, 07:28 am   #5 (permalink)
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Add Toyota coolant designed to best protect your aluminum radiator and
head and / or block, mixed with 50 - 60% distilled water.
If the mixture in the overflow tank is old and dark take the
opportunity to drain the radiator and re fill. You need to buy the
gallon of coolant anyway, and when you add distilled water, you'll have
two gallons or more.
If you have the 4 cylinder, you should be able to reach the plastic
drain plug at the bottom of the radiator from above. It only needs to
be hand tight.
Remove the radiator cap and then open the drain at the bottom. Let it
drain into a pan (I use a plastic concrete mixing tub), then dispose
properly and slowly re fill using a small plastic funnel you can find
at a grocery store.
If you want to go one step further, as preventative maintenance, buy a
new Toyota radiator cap when you get the coolant, and just replace it
when you change the coolant.
The simple method is just to fill to the full line on the reservoir,
but if the coolant is old, you'll be doing the engine a favor to drain
the radiator, too.
If the engine protecting additives in the coolant wear out from being
left in too long, the internal engine passageways in the water jacket
can begin to be coated with corrosion or contaminants, making the
engine run hotter, even though you may not see it on the temperature
gauge. Localized hot spots put more strain on the oil, especially
conventional oil, will thin and oxidize more rapidly at higher
temperatures, which can leave deposits that don't drain out with an oil
change. This can also create localized hot spots within the engine.
Just generally a good idea to keep the inside of the engine as clean as
possible if you plan on keeping the car a long time.
Toyota recommends also removing the coolant drain plug(s) on the engine
block, but when I did this on the 4 cyl. only a few drops came out, so
I'm not about to go through that again.
Properly maintained Toyota coolant also helps the water pump last
longer.
If you're really concerned about spending the few dollars to buy
coolant, distilled water and a radiator cap, most Auto supply stores
sell an inexpensive gauge (around $3) with a rubber bulb to suck up a
small amount of coolant to test the remaining antifreeze protection.

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