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    Hi, I noticed my coolant needed topping up and poured some anti freeze in that i had in the garage ( vx stuff ) but as it went in it was blue, s**t, only about a cupful went in, so i shot up to the dealers got the right stuff ( pink ) emptied the header tank and filled with good stuff, will the blue mixing with the pink do any damage? Ta

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    I wouldn,t have thought so, not with the little amount you put in.I can not remember what the difference in the colours means, one may be long life but I am not sure, I dare say someone will put us right.

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    They also told me you dont mix it with water anymore, just pour it straight in, is that right?

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    If you do not mix it with water the strenght will go up, so next time it is low put some water on its own to keep the correct balence, I quite often just put the antifreeze in on it,s own.On my wifes Vectra B I change the antifreeze in that every three years, I must find out the interval for my Vectra C.
    ps I wonder if the antifreeze is now "ready mixed" that may be why they say you don,t need to mix it with water. some one may be able to enlighten us on that one as I have not heard that before.

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    Cheers Ed.

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    mixing the two will not cause damage..so draining the header tank and re-filling like you did will be fine..the concentration of the blue will be minimal..

    When i obtained the red longlife coolant for spikey it came un-diluted from VX...50:50 mix with water for max protection..

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    I've got some GM branded pink antifreeze from a main dealer - it's ready mixed so no need to dilute.

    It's better, if more pricey, that way because one MB specialist I used to use for a Merc I had years ago reckoned it was the tap water mixed with concentrated Antifreeze that rotted out radiators.

    However, it does mean you have to buy the stuff from a main dealer to keep the correct Antifreeze in your engine when topping up and you can't share the same bottle between vehicles of different makes

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    Marc100, it only cost £2.70 a litre, and he said you can use it in anything

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    £2.70 you cant beat that price..........

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    You're probably right but personally I'd still be wary about putting it in SWMBO's Toyota just in case the formulation is different.

    GM ready mixed is more expensive than Holts concentrate from a motor factors though.

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