I own a water-cool Volkswagen Vanagon GL 1990. Is it ok to mix different types of antifreeze?


Asked by May 30, 2012 at 02:30 PM about the 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Passenger Van

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Any honest response would greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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What do you mean by mixing types? As long as it's the green ethylene glycol , your fine. Straight, 50/50 , Extended life and different brands are fine. Just don't mix with Dex-cool or other pink/orange coolant.


Actually, it's no okay. Due to the combined magnesium case and aluminum heads, the galvanic reaction between the two metals creates some serious corrosive problems in the Vanagon engine. You really want to get pink stuff...it has the best inhibitors. Next to that is the orange stuff from Prestone. Also, you need to brush up on the fill and bleed procedure for the coolant system. Check the Bently manual and/or Vanagon.com Additionally, Water Wetter is a great additive for removing tiny air bubbles from the coolant system. And lastly, you want to completely flush the coolant system every two years. I recommend swapping out the thermo-switch then too. I learned these lessons the hard way.

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