2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - mixing different brands of universal coolant?

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Old 07-05-11, 11:39 AM
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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan - mixing different brands of universal coolant?

I have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan that had a rear heater core leak last winter. I was able to fix the leak but I had to add two different brands of universal coolant. Is there any problem with having two brands of universal coolant in the same engine?
 
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Old 07-05-11, 12:20 PM
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What is "universal" coolant? Do you mean ethylene glycol? Some manufacturers (GM) require you use the orange antifreeze due to certain components in their engines. I don't think you will do harm if the brands are compatible with the engine manufacturer's specifications.
 
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Old 07-05-11, 12:35 PM
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The type like Prestone makes, states "ALL MAKES ALL MODELS - mix with any colour antifreeze"... Prestone Long Life Antifreeze/Coolant | Canadian Tire
 
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Old 07-05-11, 12:54 PM
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Yes, you'll be fine with that. I just didn't want you to think Propolyene glycol would be compatible with ethylene glycol. Sierra is the former, Prestone the latter.
 
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Old 07-05-11, 01:02 PM
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I put one jug of the Prestone in and then one jug of this "universal" brand: http://www.princessauto.com/workshop...freeze/coolant. Any issue with these two brand used at the same time? They are both universal...
 
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Old 07-05-11, 01:31 PM
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"Princess" auto, you're kidding, right? As long as it is ethylene glycol it will be compatible with the Prestone. I wouldn't make it a habit of mixing it, however. Try to stick to one brand.
 
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Old 07-05-11, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by chandler View Post
"Princess" auto, you're kidding, right? As long as it is ethylene glycol it will be compatible with the Prestone. I wouldn't make it a habit of mixing it, however. Try to stick to one brand.
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Old 07-05-11, 01:53 PM
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only for GM OEM coolant. their coolant gumms up if mixed with other coolants. aftermarket cought on this and now sells coolants that, per label, can be mixed with anything.
 
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Old 07-05-11, 01:57 PM
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I shouldn't have made fun, but you'll have to admit it isn't as "manly" as SPIKE's auto parts, or something along those lines. Take care!!
 
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no problem Chandler, Princess Auto has A LOT of great stuff! If you ever make it to Canada, check one out.
 
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