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Old 06-05-2009, 08:55 PM
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What coolant to use

I changed my coolant on my 2002 Dakota 4.7 and asked the dealer if I had to put the "red" extended life stuff in or if I could use the "green" stuff. He said I would have to stay with the red stuff. Anyone know if this is true?

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Nope.

I switched over to Wally-Land's own 'universal' brand. I use it in everything except my wife's VW...apparently you have to stick with VW's coolant.

Been using the stuff for a few years in the Dak, just flushed it out this spring I think and everything looked fine.
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Like said above, fill it with whatever you want.
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I filled up my new radiator today and I used the Green coolant. My engine didn't explode so it must be ok lol.
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We bought a new PT Cruiser in 2003...had the red crap in it...damn stuff ate up the plastic t-stat housing within 2 years...I drained all that out and filled with the green coolant....

The red stuff is junk.....don't use it...my opinion, consider the source
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Anyone know the proper way to purge the air out of the cooling system on a 4.7? On the timing chain cover near the radiator cap is a 'coolant bleed' plug. Does that have to be removed? Mitchells amnual states to fill coolant, install rad cap, run engine at 3000 RPM for 10 minutes, refill overflow.
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Anyone know the proper way to purge the air out of the cooling system on a 4.7? On the timing chain cover near the radiator cap is a 'coolant bleed' plug. Does that have to be removed? Mitchells amnual states to fill coolant, install rad cap, run engine at 3000 RPM for 10 minutes, refill overflow.
I don't recall using the bleeder on mine...but I did have some air stuck in the heater core that I couldn't get out in the drive way. I just went for a drive and beat the hell out of it for a few minutes. Pumped all the air right out
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Anyone know the proper way to purge the air out of the cooling system on a 4.7? On the timing chain cover near the radiator cap is a 'coolant bleed' plug. Does that have to be removed? Mitchells amnual states to fill coolant, install rad cap, run engine at 3000 RPM for 10 minutes, refill overflow.
Remove the bleeder and fill it through the fill cap until the level rises to the bleeder. replace the bleeder, top it of and run the truck with the heater on until it gets up to temp. Check the overflow reservoir and top it off until full. Enjoy a frosty cold beer during this process, it makes it much more enjoyable.
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At least that is what the factory service manual states... I would trust that over the manual you are using.
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At least that is what the factory service manual states... I would trust that over the manual you are using.
2nd this.

Also, I came across this in the service manual awhile back.

quote:
"The use of aluminum cylinder blocks, cylinder
heads and water pumps requires special corrosion
protection. Only Mopar Antifreeze/Coolant, 5 year/
100,000Mile Formula (ethylene-glycol base coolant
with corrosion inhibitors called HOAT, for Hybrid
Additive Technology) is recommended. This coolant
offers the best engine cooling without corrosion when
mixed with 50% distilled water to obtain a freeze
point of -37C (-35F)."

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2nd this.

Also, I came across this in the service manual awhile back.

quote:
"The use of aluminum cylinder blocks, cylinder
heads and water pumps requires special corrosion
protection. Only Mopar Antifreeze/Coolant, 5 year/
100,000Mile Formula (ethylene-glycol base coolant
with corrosion inhibitors called HOAT, for Hybrid
Additive Technology) is recommended. This coolant
offers the best engine cooling without corrosion when
mixed with 50% distilled water to obtain a freeze
point of -37C (-35F)."
If you look around, most of the universal coolant meets these specs..
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Well I bought Prestone Extended Life that states is good for 'ALL MAKES' and 'ALL MODELS'. I sure hope so.
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If you look around, most of the universal coolant meets these specs..
Good to know, thanks!
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