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Old 06-04-2014, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default DexCool replacement

My 2002 LW200 came with DexCool at 80K miles. Should I flush it properly & replace with green coolant since I have heard DexCool damages gaskets?

Please advise.

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Old 06-04-2014, 11:04 AM   #2
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The dexcool was new at 80K? HOw many miles now? HOw much time?

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Old 06-04-2014, 11:18 AM   #3
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Default Re: DexCool replacement

Is your cooling system contaminated, damaged from using Dexcool? If its still red then ignore the scare tactics and rumor mongers of Dexcool damaging cooling systems from ignorance of facts. If Dexcool were so poorly used and a bad product then why is it still sold over the counter and copy cats duplicating its ability to last 5 yrs/150k miles? Either shrewd marketing is continuing a big lie or you're not doing any research into the Dexcool issues. There are none because of misapplication.

Dexcool is made for a totally enclosed cooling system running without air circulating inside, the reason for sludging. Dexcool is not for use in older cooling systems using the radiator caps on radiators - these allow air back into the cooling system as the engine cools off and as mentioned, sludging occurs when air is allowed to mix with Dexcool. All Saturns using the plastic coolant container close off, sealing the cooling system, leaving a small bubble of air in the container for normal coolant expansion/contraction without causing sludging. My car is over 10yrs old and due for a third Dexcool flush/replace - remaining red since the car was new. No sludging, no cooling system problems, nothing. Millions of GM cars, truck, suv's are using Dexcool without issues. The ones that started the Dexcool lawsuits were from older radiator systems that never sealed the cooling system from venting back as coolant cooled. Your system is sealed and only needs a visual inspection without removing the cap to check on coolant level. A good cooling system that doesn't leak won't be affected by Dexcool.

If you are truly worried then flush the cooling system at least once with water before using your choice of antifreeze. Ignoring a flush simply means not having the advantage of long life coolant mixed with less costly coolant with a shorter life, compromising the ability of long life coolant to provide long term protection.

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Old 06-04-2014, 12:00 PM   #4
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Default Re: DexCool replacement

Thanks guys, no way to tell how old the coolant is or when it was replaced except I put 10K more on it so its now 90K. Coolant looks slightly dull pink through cloudy plastic reservoir.

The car had some dry rot on exposed plastic & rubber parts from standing long in the sun that I have either fixed or replaced. Will pinch & check the radiator hoses & let you know how they are.

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Old 06-05-2014, 06:34 PM   #5
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Default Re: DexCool replacement

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My 2002 LW200 came with DexCool at 80K miles. Should I flush it properly & replace with green coolant since I have heard DexCool damages gaskets?

Please advise.
Stay with the DexCool that came with your Saturn for a reason not for looks or being different as Fdryer says there is a reason for it. Those others want to see you carpet baggar price and stay away from them as they obviously don't know their auto repair. It does cost more for DexCool but remember if GM recommends it use it that's simple to remember. My two Saturns and GMC SVN use DexCool had to buy few jugs but that is the cost of ownership you learn to take care and use the right products for the maintenance and longevity of the vehicle.

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Old 06-05-2014, 06:46 PM   #6
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Default Re: DexCool replacement

agreed. car designed for dex cool. why use anything else?

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Old 06-05-2014, 09:36 PM   #7
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Thanks guys, no way to tell how old the coolant is or when it was replaced except I put 10K more on it so its now 90K. Coolant looks slightly dull pink through cloudy plastic reservoir.

The car had some dry rot on exposed plastic & rubber parts from standing long in the sun that I have either fixed or replaced. Will pinch & check the radiator hoses & let you know how they are.
If the maintenance is questionable ,then by all means flush it out and put in new Dex and while you're at a few of those heater and other coolant hoses that are usually a pain to change when you least want to change them.

Or you canalways pack some ductape

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Old 09-08-2015, 12:14 PM   #8
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Thanks guys, my mech says my Dex is still good for some more time.

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If it looks dull pink, dexcool is orange in 2 of my vehicles that use it.
Maybe someone topped it off with red dexron III at some point.

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Default Re: DexCool replacement

Toggenburg, the dex cool from a few years ago was bright red. When mixed with water and put in the cooling system looked a lot like cherry kool aid.

Later versions show up as orange. Also of note some of the diesels used a "hi-viz yellow" dexcool. I personally ran walmart's super tech 5yr/150k coolant which was yellow in my LS1 and it worked out great. When it is time to flush the coolant you may want to consider a thermostat change as my LS1 had a tired factory one that wasn't letting the car heat up fully.

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