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post #1 of 22 Old 12-12-2008, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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do i need subaru coolant?

or can i go to napa or autozone for some coolant?
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I went to schucks and got some. Its the same rated and all that. Probably just as expensive, but havent had a problem in the 3 weeks since I put it in.

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what kinda coolant do i need if i dont go to subaru?
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Prestone. It's one of the better ones out there.

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Just looked at what I had bought. Its Peak 50/50, cant remember the price, but its the same color and all.

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I went with a gallon of Subaru coolant, a gallon of distilled water, and a bottle of Subaru's conditioner. I won't use anything else.
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I went with a gallon of Subaru coolant, a gallon of distilled water, and a bottle of Subaru's conditioner. I won't use anything else.
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I always use the conditioner. I'm running Dexcool/distilled in mine now.
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The subaru coolant only cost about $10 more so I would use it just to be safe even though it is probably the same as others.You should be safe as long as you defenantly use the subaru cooling system conditioner.Also better use distilled water.The conditioner and distilled water prevent corosion, thats why they are important.
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How often should you add/replace the fluids?
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i got prestone way back like a day after posting this. im all set now. no worries.
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Dude anything off the shelf is good. Though brands differ slighty in solution Coolant is essentially two things, distilled water (free of minerals that cause corosion) and a conditioner (to better control temp/ maintain purity). Whether or not you decide to put them in seperately or buy them premixed from Subaru or Discount auto parts THEY ARE THE SAME THING. Coolant performance only becomes relevant in high horsepower applications. Think about it, the cooling system has only ONE moving part (the pump) so whats the need for all the additives? In my opinion buying high performance coolant is like getting high performance wipers or something...
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Not all coolants are the same at all, you never ever want to put Dex Cool in a system that came with the standard "Green" coolant. There are many types of engine coolant, colors range from the old standard green to the new blue coolant in the new Mercedes and BMW cars. All engine coolants help guard against corrosion and over heating if maintained properly. Some of the main differences between the green coolant and the newer mixes is the chemicals made to create the coolant. The new Red, Blue and Yellow coolants are more environmentally friendly and designed to last longer between services. All engine coolants are highly toxic and should be kept away from animals. You should not mix the different coolant types, if your engine came with red coolant then you should add red coolant only.

The manufacturers of Dexcool (red) have had a problem with the coolant lasting as long as it should, depending on the climate and driving conditions the coolant can decompose causing coolant passage blockage in the radiator and engine block.
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^^^ Really excellent info

Personally, I also use 1 gallon of undiluted Subaru coolant, 1 gallon of distilled water, and 1 bottle of Subaru Cooling System Conditioner.

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As I mentioned I also use the subaru conditioner. I am not questioning it but, what is the flaky shark chum looking stuff in it ?

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