View Full Version : What type of coolant to use?
08-01-2006, 06:27 PM
Obviously the coolant will need to be replaced way before the oil/filter. Should I take it to the dealer, or do it myself? Do they sale Toyota coolant at the store? Does it matter?
Dumb questions, I'm full of them!
08-01-2006, 10:51 PM
Why would you need to change the coolant before the oil/filter?
Anyway Yes Toyota sells the coolant
but you can pick up any extended life anti-freeze at any auto parts store.
you want to use the extended life type aka dex-cool
I personally prefer Havoline extended life. Be sure to mix it 50/50 with distilled water OR buy it pre-mixed.
08-01-2006, 11:19 PM
Well, I doubt the coolant that's in the car right now will last me 5 or 6 thousand miles. Unless there's something that I don't know.
Cool, thanks for the response. BTW, first new car I've ever owned, I'll be asking way more dumb questions.
08-02-2006, 12:01 AM
you shouldn't need to change the coolant until a long time from now. not unless you know for a fact that its contaminated
Usually coolant flush happen every 4 yrs. Why need to have that done before oil/filter change? :confused:
08-02-2006, 01:22 AM
hey bucket i think you have coolant mixed up with something else. the toyota coolant is a 'super long life coolant' and will not need to be replaced untill about 100,000 miles.
just get your regular oil changes done at 5000 mile intervals and it'll treat you good
08-02-2006, 02:59 AM
Consult your "Owner's Pack" that has your Owner's Manual and "Maintenance Schedule". The maintenance schedule will tell you what maintenance you have to do and at what interval of time/miles to do it. For instance, oil should be changed every 3000 miles (unless using Synthetic "oil"), change FRONT brake pads and have front brake rotors "turned" (resurfaced) every 20,000 miles (every 35,000++ if you do A LOT of highway driving and are soft on the brakes), the rear brakes are drum type so they don't tend to wear out very quickly. But, PLEASE CONSULT THE OWNER'S manual and the ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK that came with it.
the most important thing to do on a FREQUENT BASIS is :
1)CHECK TIRE PRESSURE!!! and check to make sure all tires are free of nails AND/OR other dangerous debri
2)CHECK OIL LEVEL (via dipstick)
3)CHECK COOLANT LEVEL (via looking at the coolant reservoir and making sure the fluid level is between the "HIGH" and "LOW" marks.
4)Make sure you properly TIGHTEN the gas cap. Most gas caps are made to "CLICK" one time to full close. Many vehicles will show a check engine light if you don't properly tighten the gas cap since the gas cap is like a radiator cap in that it regulates "gas pressure" inside the gas tank. So, if you don't properly tighten it, it will not operate properly, therefore affecting your power and gas mileage.
08-02-2006, 07:04 AM
Wow! 100,000 you say?
Okay, then ignore that post. I had no idea.
08-02-2006, 08:35 AM
my maintenance schedule says oil every 5k miles
08-02-2006, 09:04 PM
So, if you don't properly tighten it, it will not operate properly, therefore affecting your power and gas mileage.
sorry gotta correct you real quick, the gas cap will have no effect on power or gas mileage, it is simply to seal off the gas tank so the EVAP system can function properly.
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