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    Hi, I have owned my car for nearly 3 years and has never had a coolant change. i have been told that is should be done every 2/3years. Does anybody have a how 2 on changing the coolant as would rather do it myself than put it in the garage.

    Also whats the best coolant to put in i think i need 8.2ltrs.

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    Is there anything visibly wrong with the coolant? I have to say, the need to change it is a new one on me...

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    Better get the vauxhall coolant mate,

    I removed my front bumper for easier access, there is a drain plug on the lhs of the rad standing
    Looking at the car, once I drained mine out I put the vx recommended qty in and then started the car with
    The cap off, then topped up with water, not had any issues :-)

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    As far as i know their is nothing wrong with the coolant but its just come back from Vauxhall after a recall and they done a health check and said that brake fluid and coolant should be changed every 2/3yrs

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    Brake fluid, yes - over time it will absorb moisture and lose performance, so every 2-3 years isn't such a bad idea.
    I think the idea with coolant though is more to completely replace with the correct mix every few years, based on the idea that most people will top-up with water and thus gradually dilute the mix. But I'd say as long as you use decent quality antifreeze and when tested the mix if correct/sufficient then why change it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eaglepva View Post
    As far as i know their is nothing wrong with the coolant but its just come back from Vauxhall after a recall and they done a health check and said that brake fluid and coolant should be changed every 2/3yrs

    Think they were after your pennies m8,brake fluid technically need not be changed for the life of the car,allthough it's not reccomended,also coolant should last the life of the car,providing it's topped up with anti freeze and water at the correct viscosity/mixture.

    Also any pink anti freeze/coolant can be used,and not necessarily vx stuff.

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    wouldn't worry either

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    Why not buy an antifreeze tester for a few pounds and test it for yourself..
    it should tell you the level of protection your getting i.e. protection down to - ??degrees C...

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    I thought the pink/orange stuff is long life and is supposed to be 5 year changes?
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony W View Post
    Why not buy an antifreeze tester for a few pounds and test it for yourself..
    it should tell you the level of protection your getting i.e. protection down to - ??degrees C...
    Some of the modern antifreezes give false readings on the floating ball testers.

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