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What Coolant To Use For Bmw?

What Coolant To Use For Bmw
Genuine BMW green HT-12 antifreeze for optimal cooling system performance. Compatible with all BMW models.
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Does BMW require a special coolant?

Do BMWs need special coolant? – Due to the way that BMW engines are built, they have specific requirements when looking for engine coolant in that any coolant must be nitrate and phosphate free in order to avoid the corrosion of aluminium components.
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Can I use different coolant for BMW?

Thread: Mixing BMW coolant with non BMW coolant?

01-17-2009, 07:42 PM I know this came up before but can’t find the post and need a quick answer since I want to do this soon. I am going to rebleed my cooling system. I need to add coolant to do it and top off. The coolant that is in there currently IS NOT bmw coolant. Will it hurt to mix the bmw coolant into non bmw coolant? If there is any possible risk involved, I will just try and flush it and use only the bmw coolant but would rather hold off on a flush for now if possible. 01-17-2009, 07:43 PM coolant is coolant IMO. Then again, I dont buy BMW oil, or BMW trans/diff fluid, or BMW toilet paper if the manual said so. 3.73 | TCK S/A w/ H&R Sport | M50 manifold | IE Subframe Bushings, RSM, & SS brake lines | Shark Injector | UUC Evo3 SSK & DSSR | Cosmos Strut Brace | ASC, Resonator, CDV Delete 01-17-2009, 09:15 PM I think you car might explode. 01-17-2009, 09:40 PM The chemical makeup of BMW coolant is formulated to work best with BMW engines. It is different from common coolant. BMW coolant is suggested to extend the longevity of the cooling components. I wouldn’t recommend mixing them, just as a gut feel. jeremy coupecartel com 1 of 1 | 2002 Laguna Seca Blue/Black M Coupe | ” I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.,” 01-17-2009, 10:52 PM I would actually drain the non-BMW coolant and replace with the BMW stuff. I put random coolant in my 540iA and here is what happened. I was getting some discolored seepage at the radiator and water pump areas. From now on, I use BMW-only coolant only and no more of this seepage.99 MC Imola/Blk 136K miles (SOLD 01/2011) Currently driving 2005 Scion xA 01-18-2009, 03:12 AM Coolant just moves heat from place to place. Straight distilled water has the same effect minus the obvious ‘antifreeze’ and some lubricating properties, which all coolant contains. Minus the one moving part of the cooling system (the water pump), the rest is just passages through which the coolant flows, I dont care how superior BMW is, the fact is their brand coolant is just that, their name (and price tag) slapped onto a bottle of the same basic make up of fluid. 3.73 | TCK S/A w/ H&R Sport | M50 manifold | IE Subframe Bushings, RSM, & SS brake lines | Shark Injector | UUC Evo3 SSK & DSSR | Cosmos Strut Brace | ASC, Resonator, CDV Delete 01-18-2009, 10:17 AM Originally Posted by IRPancake “Straight distilled water has the same effect minus the obvious ‘antifreeze’ and some lubricating properties.” Don’t forget that it also raises the boiling point under pressure of the coolant and prevents overheating that would occur in our cars if it was just straight water. 01-18-2009, 12:54 PM When I was a VW guy way back when I heard that the chemical properties of VW specific coolant would gel-up if mixed with other coolants 01-18-2009, 12:58 PM Don’t mix unless they’re the same type of coolant, which is sometimes hard to tell. Some coolants, like the old green Prestone, have silicate additives. Many manufacturers say not to use that type. Others say to use or not use other types for protection of seals etc. Here’s a cut and past from a popular mechanics website from a google search on mixing coolant types: Q: We have a 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan (bought new) that has 20,646 miles on it. I noticed that the radiator level was low two weeks ago so I added a 50/50 mix of water & Prestone (we live in Washington State & winter’s coming fast). We had it in for a LOF 16-point Winter Service Special yesterday and I asked them to pay special attention to the cooling system since we’d never needed to add any fluid in the 3 years we’ve owned it. They found that the water pump is leaking (which seems “early” with so few miles on it) but they also told me that since I added “green” anti-freeze to the Chrysler “red” anti-freeze, it would require a coolant system flush and that only “their” anti-freeze can be used in Chrysler vehicles. Is this true? It seems to me that anti-freeze is anti-freeze. And what if I had used a brand that was red? They never would have known and then what would have happened to my engine? A: Never mix coolant types. And just because they’re the same color doesn’t mean anything. Used to be that coolant was coolant. Now there are at least a half-dozen variants. The additive packages are mutually incompatible. This can lead to corrosion in the cooling system and the early demise of things like water pumps and radiators. I don’t recommend even mixing brands, much less types. And if you’re changing a water pump, the system is going to be empty anyway. Start over with the correct coolant. 01-18-2009, 01:49 PM On my E30, using the “wrong” coolant caused some electrolysis to set in between the combination of dissimilar metals (aluminum, steel, iron etc) and two freeze plugs were “ate up” and had to be replaced. 01-18-2009, 02:19 PM Originally Posted by gregsauls On my E30, using the “wrong” coolant caused some electrolysis to set in between the combination of dissimilar metals (aluminum, steel, iron etc) and two freeze plugs were “ate up” and had to be replaced. This. I have personally seen water pumps needed to be professionally chiseled out of a BMW block because of using non approved coolant. Scale and corrossion also build up, whereas when I changed my 99 Z radiator last year ( broken plastic neck) it was completely clean inside for the most part and it only saw BMW coolant. Using non approved coolant IMO is a mistake and a false economy. Don’t do it. if you need to top up run straight distilled water Last edited by IslandS62; 01-18-2009 at 02:20 PM, Reason: Automerged Doublepost 997 Carrera 2S.the choice of 2 out of 3 Top Gear presenters. 01-18-2009, 04:45 PM Here’s some “objective” input. Originally Posted by Pelican Technical Article I’m sure one question you’re about to ask is “what type of coolant should I use?” BMW has issued a 1991 technical bulletin, 17 01 88(1743), which details problems with what is known as silicate gel precipitation in engines. This is the ‘green goo’ (yes, it actually says that in the BMW Tech bulletin – gotta love those German translators) that results as a consequence of an antifreeze over-concentration in the coolant, combined with hard water, and the phospates commonly used in many antifreezes. BMW factory antifreeze has been formulated to prevent this problem of silicate drop-out without any coolant performance loss. This antifreeze contains no nitrites and no phosphates. The part number for a one gallon container is 88-88-6-900-316, and it costs about $13.00 per gallon. Although I am always eager to find alternatives to BMW factory products, I would stick with the factory coolant for now. Maybe Randy will chime in. and the TIS from BMW on coolant. Last edited by Jeremy; 01-18-2009 at 04:52 PM, Reason: Automerged Doublepost jeremy coupecartel com 1 of 1 | 2002 Laguna Seca Blue/Black M Coupe | ” I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.,” 01-18-2009, 05:38 PM There is some great advice in this thread that ties in with the horror stories I’ve also heard. Don’t mix coolant types, and use only the coolant designed for your specific engine. It’s unfortunately not as simple as it used to be. The main incompatibilities aren’t between propylene glycol and ethylene glycol, but between the myriad of additives designed specifically for the block and coolant system materials. Diluting the coolant too much can also be quite dangerous: the transition to gas as the liquid boils can be sudden and overheat the block before there’s much time to react. AC Schnitzer short shifter, suspension, rims & exhaust. VAC rod bearings. RE RSMs. Powerflex subframe bushings. Randy Forbes subframe kit, dual ear diff mount. 03-21-2010, 06:47 PM What about coolants like “Pennzoil Dexcool extended life and summer” which have a 50/50 mix of distilled water/ phosphate free & nitrate free solution containing ethylene glycol just like the bentley manual recommends? I use the bmw coolant but was just curious when I saw this thread 03-21-2010, 08:12 PM I don’t have the document in front of me, nor will I spend the time to look for it, but the primary advantage of BMW coolant is to prevent corrosion of the aluminum components, as Jeremy, Islands, and who else might’ve already stated. The days of coolant being coolant are behind us. Because I work on your cars, I don’t take any risks; I buy BMW coolant (and distilled water) for BMWs, Mopar coolant for the Viper (that had its coolant drained last night), and if I ever work on a Volkswagon, I’ll be buying VW coolant for it! Jugs of anti-freeze are waaay cheaper than engines, why would you fool around? 03-21-2010, 08:38 PM BMW Coolant is the only thing i bend over and take from BMW 03-21-2010, 09:48 PM Originally Posted by SecretAznSauce BMW Coolant is the only thing i bend over and take from BMW This. + Castrol 10w60 03-21-2010, 10:18 PM Originally Posted by lokijibber that too. when i had my e46 m3. 03-21-2010, 11:15 PM My advice: take the extra time and money (not too much of either, really) and drain/flush the cooling system and add the genuine BMW coolant. You can’t go wrong with that approach. If you happen to be a BMW CCA member, send Mike Miller an email and ask his advice and an associated article he can send you. If you are not a CCA member, I can tell you that I asked his advice on the same issue a couple years back and to summarize the answer: use only BMW coolant because it will not cause corrosion and an eventual blown head gasket. He has much more experience than I do with BMW engines so I decided to take his advice rather than save a couple bucks and maybe end up with a big problem down the road. 03-24-2010, 11:45 PM I’m using now and will continue using BMW coolant. I was just curious. 03-25-2010, 02:19 AM Originally Posted by Randy Forbes Jugs of anti-freeze are waaay cheaper than engines, why would you fool around? They want to save some money. Same as parts and tools. 12-19-2020, 09:48 PM Also a fan of using BMW blue coolant. Ok, it is $20 vs. $12 generic. why would you take that short cut? link: 12-19-2020, 10:00 PM You dug up a 10 year old thread just to tell us what we already know?

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What color is BMW coolant?

Genuine BMW Coolant (Antifreeze), Green, 1 Gallon Jug We suggest using only German OEM BMW engine antifreeze to keep your cooling system working at its best, part number 83192468442 (83 19 2 468 442). BMW only recommends certain coolants because they do not contain nitrites, amines, phosphates, or borates.

Off-the-shelf coolant from a local parts chain is unacceptable.This new green-colored coolant was introduced in 2018 and is used instead of the older blue-colored coolant. Green is backwards compatible with blue and can be used on cars before 2018. However, BMW does not advise using the older blue formula on cars made after January, 2018.

The green coolant includes silicates, which add extra protection for cooling internals but the coolant must be replaced every two years, We recommend mixing a 1:1 ratio with distilled water in street cars for added corrosion resistance, anti-freeze protection, and water pump lubrication.

Genuine German OEM HT12 antifreeze, BMW # 83192468442Optimal cooling, freeze protection, water pump lubrication, and corrosion resistanceSafe to add Water Wetter for additional benefits

1 gallon (3.785 liter) bottle. Made in Germany.

Frost Protection Quarts of BMW Coolant Quarts of Distilled Water
1.4F/-17C 3.5 6.5
-13F/-25C 4 6
-34F/-37C* 5 5

Genuine BMW Coolant (Antifreeze), Green, 1 Gallon Jug
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Do all BMWs use blue coolant?

Genuine BMW Coolant (Antifreeze), Blue, 1 Gallon Jug We suggest using only German OEM engine antifreeze to keep your cooling system working at its best, part number 82141467704 (82 14 1 467 704). BMW only recommends certain coolants because they do not contain nitrites, amines, phosphates, or borates.

Off-the-shelf coolant from a local parts chain is usually not compatible with BMW cooling systems and mixing different coolant formulas should be avoided (in a pinch you should use distilled water).This is the familiar blue-colored coolant that has been in use since the 1990s but is only approved for cars up to the 2018 model year.

It’s known internally as the G48 formula and is specific to BMW/MINI cars. The blue coolant formula is a hybrid that improved the service life of coolant and is more environmentally friendly than other types of coolant. BMW replaced it on 2018+ cars with a new formula that includes silicate and has better short-term protection against corrosion.

The older blue formula is not recommended by BMW for cars produced after January, 2018.We recommend mixing a 1:1 ratio with distilled water in street cars for added corrosion resistance, anti-freeze protection, and water pump lubrication. Drivers looking for added cooling properties can reduce the amount of antifreeze in their coolant mix, but should only do this in warmer climate where freezing is not possible (see chart below).

If you plan on running less than 1:1 antifreeze to water, we suggest measuring the freezing point of the coolant mix. If extreme heat may cause engine knocking/pre-ignition you can also mix with Red Line Water Wetter.

Genuine German OEM antifreeze, BMW # 82141467704Optimal cooling, freeze protection, water pump lubrication, and corrosion resistanceSafe to add Water Wetter for additional benefits

1 gallon (3.785 liter) bottle. Made in Germany.

Frost Protection Quarts of BMW Coolant Quarts of Distilled Water
-34F/-37C* 5 5
-62F/-52C 6 4

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Genuine BMW Coolant (Antifreeze), Blue, 1 Gallon Jug
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What happens if you put wrong coolant in BMW?

What Happens if You Use the Wrong Coolant? – Using the wrong coolant or mixing different types together can hinder the car’s performance. It may also increase corrosion in the radiator. It’s important to note that the type of coolant you should use can’t accurately be identified by color.
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Can I drive my BMW with low coolant?

What Do You Need to Do if the Coolant Light Comes On – Since low coolant is the most common reason your coolant light is illuminated on your dashboard, it is crucial that you have your vehicle looked at immediately because your vehicle’s engine is at risk of overheating,

  1. If you choose to ignore the warning light, you are risking expensive and dangerous damages to your vehicle.
  2. If the low coolant light comes on while driving, you should pull over at the first safe place you can.
  3. To avoid being burned, you need to wait at least thirty minutes for the engine and fluids to cool down.

After cooling down, open your vehicle’s hood and check the coolant reservoir. If the coolant level is low in the reservoir, you can open the reservoir carefully and add enough coolant until it fills the coolant reservoir as specified on the tank. If there are any visible leaks, then you may want to have your vehicle towed to a mechanic, but if there are no visible leaks and you feel comfortable driving, then you can drive it yourself to a nearby mechanic.
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Why does BMW use blue coolant?

We recommend using BMW’s ‘Blue’ coolant in your car because it is silicate & phosphate free, and has a much longer lifespan inside of your car’s cooling system.
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Can I use Prestone 50/50 in my BMW?

Is it suitable for classic cars/ cars made before 2001? –

Yes. Prestone is an OAT coolant/antifreeze but also contains anti-corrosion ingredients to protect your cooling system. It can be used in all cars effectively, offering the same levels of protection, and without any damage. We offer a guarantee that Prestone is suitable for all cars and engine materials. It’s also suitable for all light duty passenger vehicles.

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    Can I put water instead of coolant in my BMW?

    Pros/Cons of Using Water – Using water adds contaminants to your radiator system. It’s much better for the engine to use water than to drive with low coolant, but you should replace the water with the correct coolant for your vehicle as soon as possible.

    When you add water to the radiator, you dilute any coolant that may still be in the radiator. Coolant has several important functions: preventing corrosion, increasing the boiling point of the water, and lowering the freezing point of water. While you can drive the car for a short time using water in place of the coolant, it won’t effectively protect your engine.

    This means its essential to get the problem that caused a low coolant level fixed as soon as possible, and the radiator filled with a 50/50 ratio of coolant to water.
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    How long does BMW blue coolant last?

    How often should you change coolant in a BMW? – Typically, you should have your BMW coolant flush completed every 30,000 miles or every two years. There are some instances where your vehicle can go without a flush for a longer period of time. When you bring your vehicle into Richmond BMW Midlothian, we will check your fluid levels and investigate it for debris or sediment which can harm the engine, and make convinced it’s diluted correctly.
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    Can I mix green and blue coolant BMW?

    Coolant is green and need to top it off? Quote:

    Originally Posted by HeatGun Hi all, I realized that my coolant level is slightly low, I had a gallon of blue BMW coolant sitting in my garage but I am not sure if I can mix the blue coolant with green ones? I just learned that BMW does not use the blue coolant anymore, it is green only but I already have the blue coolant which was made for BMW. Is it safe to add blue on top of green or do I need to go to the dealer and buy a green one instead?

    It isn’t recommended. Looks like they’re compatible and green can be mixed in with cars filled with blue but not the other way around. Pasted from getbmwparts: BMW HT-12 can be used in any vehicle that currently contains G48 coolant (blue), but G48 should not continue to be used in vehicles that were originally filled with HT-12.

    • See compatibility image) This HT-12 Antifreeze/Coolant is exclusively formulated and produced for BMW to protect your engine year-round when used as directed.
    • It fulfills the very high standards and requirements set by BMW to help protect the engine against freezing, boil over, corrosion, and excessive silicate gel precipitation.

    This ethylene glycol-based antifreeze contains no nitrites or phosphate, greatly reducing the possibility of harmful deposit formation. BMW antifreeze provides protection for metals such as cast iron, steel and aluminum.
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    Does it matter what coolant color I use?

    Maintenance Minute – Antifreeze Color Doesn’t Matter If you’ve bought a new brand of antifreeze and notice it’s a different color than the previous fluids you’ve used,,don’t sweat the shade, reassures the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association ().

    Antifreeze or coolant (the terms are interchangeable) is clear when it is manufactured. Dye is used to color the antifreeze for identification and marketing purposes only. So if you were used to the tried-and-true green coolant and just opened a jug full of orange fluid, don’t be alarmed. Time was when coolants were one color: green.

    Then came extended-life antifreeze. That’s when marketers started selling their product in designer colors. General Motors brought out Dex-Cool in a distinctive orange color. Caterpillar engines now come with red-orange coolant. Other engines offer blue, purple, and even pink antifreeze.

    The key is to buy the same type of coolant recommended by your machine’s manufacturer. If you do not know what coolant is in the vehicle and you top its radiator off with another brand, nothing bad is going to happen. Only when dilution rates border 50% is the effectiveness of each coolant’s inhibitor package compromised.

    “Way back when engines were simpler, the primary goal of radiator fluids was to prevent engines from freezing,” says Carmen Ulabarro, a coolant specialist with Chevron. “Today, however, coolants are crucial for heat transfer and corrosion protection as well.” When in doubt, call the local dealer of the equipment you are servicing and ask them for advice.

    For sure, always mix antifreeze with water (distilled water is much preferred) at a 50%-50% rate. Straight antifreeze actually freezes and boils quicker than tap water. When mixed with water in the proper proportions, the resulting solution greatly increases the cooling system’s ability to perform its function of removing heat from critical engine parts while enhancing the service life of various cooling-system components.

    : Maintenance Minute – Antifreeze Color Doesn’t Matter
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    Why are BMW colors blue and white?

    The first key to the meaning of the BMW logo are its colors: white and blue are the colors of the State of Bavaria in Germany, home of BMW. A 1929 BMW ad depicts the BMW emblem, complete with the four colored quadrants, in a spinning airplane propeller.
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    What coolants are blue?

    Phosphated HOAT (P-HOAT) – ( 1 ) This coolant comes in pink or blue colour. Phosphated HOAT uses phosphates along with organic acids to prevent corrosion. This coolant is compatible with the models from carmakers like Hyundai, KIA and Honda.

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    Can BMW use generic coolant?

    As long as it is phosphate/nitrate free you will be fine.
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    Do you have to mix BMW coolant with water?

    BMW Coolant – Coolant, as it relates to vehicles, is commonly a liquid or gas substance used to regulate the temperature of your engine. Liquid coolants are usually half water and half ethylene glycol. Water is used to transfer heat while ethylene glycol is used to reduce the chilly point of the liquid.

    In colder climates, this is extremely crucial. Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time you’ve heard of ethylene glycol as it is the finest ingredient in the real term “antifreeze”. Keep in mind, you never want to pour antifreeze or water by themselves into your engine system. They need to be combined to create the good coolant.

    You can purchase ready-made mixtures of coolant that already have water added, or you can purchase full-strength antifreeze which needs to be diluted with distilled water before being added to the engine system. Give the experts at Richmond BMW a call at 8042074692 or schedule service online and let one of our mechanics and service advisors handle your coolant flush.

    Every vehicle manufacturer, including BMW has developed its own coolant or requires a exact coolant that is unique to definite years and models. There are many colors of coolants to help distinguish all including green, yellow, purple red, blue, and orange. It is crucial to do your research if you plan to buy, flush, or replace the coolant in your car.

    Copious models will not be compatible even with “universal” coolants or antifreeze. Richmond BMW offers a variety of coolant flush coupons to aid you save today. To shop each of our service specials click here. If you’d like to handle your coolant service yourself, you can still purchase coolant or antifreeze from Richmond BMW directly at a fantastic price.
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    Is it OK to mix different coolant in the reservoir?

    Some people believe that they can mix the two. This is a mistake and can lead to expensive repairs. The two coolants should never be mixed together as they do not react well. When mixed together they can form a thick, jelly-like substance that can completely stop all coolant flow which can lead to overheating.
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    Why does my BMW keep saying low coolant?

    What Factors Might Cause the Coolant Light to Come on? – You might be surprised to learn that a “low coolant” light doesn’t necessarily mean that coolant is low; but there could be other issues, including failing parts leading to coolant becoming low over time.

    Since most modern vehicles, including most BMWs, utilize coolant that’s developed to last a significant amount of time, the low coolant light is concerning. Low Coolant Of course, it is highly possible that the illuminated light is indeed correct and that your coolant level is not where it should be.

    Low coolant is a, especially in a performance vehicle like a BMW that requires higher quality conditions to run optimally. Faulty Sensors BMWs are basically a complex network of communicating technology. The car’s warning system runs off of a series of sensors for various parts and functions of your vehicle.

    1. There are sensors that are specifically purposed to determine the coolant level and the functioning of the cooling system,
    2. These sensors can also fail on their own, communicating to the driver that there’s a problem when indeed there isn’t.
    3. Failing Radiator Seal The radiator circulates the coolant.
    4. In order to do this, it must contain the coolant but it also must contain the pressure in the system.

    It does so by way of airtight seals, which can become damaged or corroded. When the cooling system reaches a low pressure, the car might perceive this as low coolant. In this case, the sensor will likely need to be replaced. Coolant Leak Coolant leaks can occur due to a number of reasons, including a broken radiator seal or a compromised radiator,
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    Can you put BMW generic coolant?

    As long as it is phosphate/nitrate free you will be fine.
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    Is Prestone coolant OK for BMW?

    P/N: AF6100 – Optimal formula for all BMW ® ; All Mini ® ; All Volvo ® ; Mercedes ® older than 2014; Volkswagen ® older than 1997; Audi ® older than 1997; Jaguar ® older than 1999, Porsche ® older than 1996. This technology regulates your engine’s temperature, prevents freezing and protects the engine from corrosion. Why You Should Use Prestone ® Antifreeze/Coolant Why Prestone ® Antifreeze+Coolant Antifreeze+Coolant Advanced Protection Our advanced technology, backed by a Longer Engine Life Guarantee 10-year/300,000-mile formula, protects the cooling system from buildup and corrosion, providing maximum value for your vehicle. Protect Your Family The inconvenience of a vehicle breaking down is bad enough, even worse if your kids are in the car. Prestone ® Antifreeze+Coolant protects you from these experiences by preventing engine part failure. Protect Your Investment Our innovative technology prevents rust and corrosion, keeping your car running optimally and helping you avoid costly engine repairs down the road. Superior Protection Tap a number to learn more. 2 1 3 4 Previous Next Cooling System Hoses Buildup in the cooling hoses can cause major problems such as slowing coolant flow, reducing cooling and even clogs in the system from loose corrosion. Prestone ® Antifreeze+Coolant prevents this corrosion and buildup, which keeps fluid flowing appropriately and heat transfer optimal throughout the system.

    Ordinary Coolant BUILDUP & GUNK 80,000 mi Water Pump The water pump keeps fluid circulating through the critical parts of your engine. Prestone ® Antifreeze+Coolant keeps the water pump looking like new after extreme testing and protects the parts to avoid costly repairs and vehicle downtime. ASTM water pump – 300-hr.

    High-Stress Test * Ordinary Coolant CORROSION & PITTING Radiator Buildup in the radiator greatly reduces the ability for the system to cool. Just 1/16 of an inch of buildup can reduce this capability by roughly 40%. Prestone ® Antifreeze+Coolant prevents corrosion and keeps your radiator performing optimally.

    Ordinary Coolant BUILDUP & CLOGGING 80,000 mi Engine Block Cooling Channels Buildup in the engine block cooling channels can make it difficult for coolant to travel. This can cause excessive heat, resulting in oil becoming too hot and thin and potentially damaging the whole system. Prestone ® Antifreeze+Coolant prevents this buildup in the channel, avoiding this damage.

    Ordinary Coolant BUILDUP & CLOGGING 80,000 mi Cooling System Hoses Buildup in the cooling hoses can cause major problems such as slowing coolant flow, reducing cooling and even clogs in the system from loose corrosion. Prestone ® Antifreeze+Coolant prevents this corrosion and buildup, which keeps fluid flowing appropriately and heat transfer optimal throughout the system.

    • Ordinary Coolant BUILDUP & GUNK 80,000 mi Water Pump The water pump keeps fluid circulating through the critical parts of your engine.
    • Prestone ® Antifreeze+Coolant keeps the water pump looking like new after extreme testing and protects the parts to avoid costly repairs and vehicle downtime.
    • ASTM water pump – 300-hr.

    High-Stress Test * Ordinary Coolant CORROSION & PITTING
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    Can I add Prestone coolant to BMW?

    Is it suitable for classic cars/ cars made before 2001? –

Yes. Prestone is an OAT coolant/antifreeze but also contains anti-corrosion ingredients to protect your cooling system. It can be used in all cars effectively, offering the same levels of protection, and without any damage. We offer a guarantee that Prestone is suitable for all cars and engine materials. It’s also suitable for all light duty passenger vehicles.

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    Is BMW coolant already mixed?

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    10-23-2009, 04:50 PM # Private First Class Drives: 08 335i Join Date: May 2008 Location: upper mid-west BMW coolant question and level Does the genuine BMW coolant come in a pre-mixed 50/50 gal container or do you need to buy distilled water and mix to a 50/50 mixture yourself? My 335i (15 months old w/12k) looks like it needs a little coolant. I checked the level and the guage only comes up to the top of the threaded lid. The owners book says that is the min line and if the guage floats up about 1/2 inch above the lid, that is the full mark. Is it normal for the system to need a top off? No lights went off on the dash, I was just curious and I checked the level for no particular reason.

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    10-24-2009, 04:06 AM # Major Drives: E90 325i; F10 528i; 2002tii Join Date: Apr 2006 Location: PA For that small amount I would just add some distilled water.

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    10-24-2009, 09:37 AM # Banned Drives: 2006 325i Sport Join Date: Jun 2006 Location: Virginia BMW coolant does not come pre-mixed. Just buy a gallon of coolant and a gallon of distilled water and premix it yourself as needed.

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    10-26-2009, 10:02 AM # Lieutenant Drives: Volvo 850 T5 Join Date: Aug 2009 Location: Old Saybrook, CT If it only needs like a cup of coolant/water, I would just add a cup of distilled water. That is all they seem to do at the dealer.

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    10-28-2009, 10:15 PM # Private First Class Drives: 08 335i Join Date: May 2008 Location: upper mid-west the local dealer in my area, (very large dealer in a major metropolitan area in the upper mid-west, told me they would just top it off with tap water. Very small amount needed to raise the measuring stick to the full mark. I asked why they dont use distilled water. They said they never use distilled water, just tap water for even full coolant flushes. I think that is just lazy on their part. Even a shadetree mechanic knows to use distilled water with straight coolant.

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    10-29-2009, 09:43 AM # Lieutenant Drives: Volvo 850 T5 Join Date: Aug 2009 Location: Old Saybrook, CT Quote:

    Originally Posted by JayD the local dealer in my area, (very large dealer in a major metropolitan area in the upper mid-west, told me they would just top it off with tap water. Very small amount needed to raise the measuring stick to the full mark. I asked why they dont use distilled water. They said they never use distilled water, just tap water for even full coolant flushes. I think that is just lazy on their part. Even a shadetree mechanic knows to use distilled water with straight coolant.

    1, That is going to cause some issues down the road. I would not got to that dealership.

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    11-15-2009, 03:51 AM # Major Drives: BMW Join Date: Apr 2005 Location: Minnesota Being in the upper midwest, I wouldn’t just keep adding water to top it off. The 50/50 mix is too close to the freezing point you may see as it is. You’re just going to make it freeze at even warmer temps. Just buy a gallon at the dealer and mix it. It’s a good idea to keep extra fluids at home at all times, so might as well start now.

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    11-15-2009, 09:56 AM # I ask the questions you’re afraid to ask. Drives: 335xi Join Date: Sep 2009 Location: DC Quote:

    Originally Posted by CirrusSR22 Being in the upper midwest, I wouldn’t just keep adding water to top it off. The 50/50 mix is too close to the freezing point you may see as it is. You’re just going to make it freeze at even warmer temps. Just buy a gallon at the dealer and mix it. It’s a good idea to keep extra fluids at home at all times, so might as well start now.

    That’s absurd. Adding a few ounces of water isn’t going to make a difference in the 50/50 mix – especially since water is the thing that is most likely to evaporate.

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    11-15-2009, 02:08 PM # Major Drives: BMW Join Date: Apr 2005 Location: Minnesota Quote:

    Originally Posted by cb1111 That’s absurd. Adding a few ounces of water isn’t going to make a difference in the 50/50 mix – especially since water is the thing that is most likely to evaporate.

    No, a few ounces once won’t make a difference. I’m saying that topping it off everytime over the course of a few years will make difference. He’s not on the east coast, it’s most likely ND, MN or WI, so the -34F freeze protection I’ll argue is not good enough to begin with, why make it worse? Even if it’s just a few degrees? If he was in in a warmer location I’d say distilled water is fine, but not in states where -40F and colder WILL happen a number of times every winter. Last edited by CirrusSR22; 11-15-2009 at 02:55 PM,

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