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Red and Green coolant. Same thing?

Discussion in 'Other Rides' started by MilpitasK5, Apr 26, 2003.

  1. MilpitasK5

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    Hey all:

    Kind of a dumb question but my pops got a 93' Cadillac used and we just had the water pump changed. (I don't know why he went to a mechanic..) We got the car with orange/red coolant and the mechanics put Green coolant in it so it's mixed.

    Do we have a problem??
    Thanks,
     
  2. ChevyCaGal

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    Me personally, that mechanic needs to drain it out, and refill it with the color it came with. Sounds like a case of being a lazy butt. The odds are slim, but it could cause corrosion, make the antifreeze not work for as long as it should (shorten the life because the chemicals broke down too soon), and even cause water pump issues. Orange is that organic acid antifreeze which is for the aluminum radiator I believe. There's even different types of oranges from what I understand. I dunno.... maybe I am off, but I was told on my moms Honda, to always use blue which it came with, and nothing else. So I do. I think there maybe a green out there that is compatiable with the orange ingrediant wise, but you'd need to check that for sure. Maybe this was the case. Try to find out and do some looking on the brands to make sure. I swear, anti freeze is freaking confusing anymore... /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    No there not the same. The only problem it will cause is that it will break the two types down quicker and shorten the life of the coolant. IMHO that red stuff is junk.....it gets gummed all up and its just a mess.
     
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    The red coolant is the GM dex-cool stuff. Your car is designed to run that kind of coolant, not the standard green stuff.
     
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    Plus it all looks brown mixed together...YUCK!
     
  6. big83chevy4x4

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    I thought that the red is extended life. /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
     
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    Flush it out now. You need to run a hose and get all if out as fast as possible. The two coolants are not compatible, and actually turn into a mud like substance. It will end up cloging your radiator, heater core, and even the engine.

    Dan
     
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    Yeah, the red is GM's Dex-Cool, extended life..... Everything that I've heard says that mixing the two types is bad-juju. Mixing evidently causes the coolant to break down with not so good results. I made this mistake by putting some of the the red stuff in my blazer and now the heater core doesn't flow worth a hoot. Possibly gummed up in there. I would take it back and ask him to flush it and replace it with the correct coolant.
     
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    Thanks everyone!!! I'll get that taken care of!
     
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    All I can tell you is they're different. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  11. MilpitasK5

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    LOL not if you're color blind!! /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    The way its been explained to my is that its for aluminum heads ? i know my Grand prix gt has dex cool i wont runn anything but dex in it the mixture has been known to cause gumming / mud like junk. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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