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red vs pink

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ozzyso44, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Sep 6, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    ozzyso44 [OP] Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    Smithville, MO
    04 Tacoma 4x4
    Last week I went to the dealer and bought some of the Super Long Life antifreeze, since that was what my radiator tag said to change it out with. I was just going to fill the over-flow and then drain some and add the rest to the radiator. I had been losing some from my cap and thought that I would replace the cap and fill the over-flow tank and add the rest to the radiator(waste not, want not).

    MY fault for not checking the bottle as I walked out of the dealership.

    1. Drained about 3/4 of a gallon from radiator into a contaminated container.

    2. Opened up what I thought was "Super Long Life", but it was "Long Life"

    3. Did this on the holiday weekend = They were closed.

    4. I filled with diluted red (w/ distilled)

    5. Went back today to the service dept and asked them how much for a flush?? They said they don't flush it, just drain and fill for about $90.00

    6. Knowing all well that I was setting them up, I asked them if I could mix red and pink. He said, "No."

    7. I told him that parts sold me the wrong stuff and I went ahead and filled, and that now I am worried about the mix.
    THEN HE SAID = "I wouldn't worry about it."

    8. I asked him why he was back-tracking and he told me that since I didn't fill too much, no big deal.

    9. I then went to parts dept and asked why I got something different than what I needed and he told me they were interchangeable.

    OK! If you were me, would you be worried?

    Below in a quick list of quotes gathered off a simple google search. Don't beat me up too much, I just like my truck. It's the best truck I have had and don't feel like I was told the truth by the dealership. I just want the old thing to keep on running, care-free and steadfast.

    "Not good to mix them, but no disaster will happen if you do because they're fairly similar."

    "Personally, I wouldn't mix them."

    "I called the dealer and asked if I could use the "Long Life" red coolant and they didn't think it should be mixed with the pink stuff. I'm sure if I called 10 dealers I'd get 10 different answers."

    "Our trucks use the super long life pink coolant. It should be flushed out around 100K miles. Don't use anything but OEM pink coolant."

    "Never mix coolant."
  2. Sep 6, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    KenLyns 8-in. Third Member

    May 23, 2010
    Belly of the Beast
    4x4 TRD Off Road Full-Auto
    All-Pro Bumper, CBI Sliders, Icon Coilovers, BudBuilt Skids, aFe Intake, Icon VS Rear Shocks, Timbren Bumpstops, All-Pro UCAs, JDM Steering Wheel, ViAir Compressor, Klearz LED 3rd Brake Light, Pop-N-Lock Tailgate Handle, Husky Front Flaps
    Long life = shorter life than "super" long life. Just shorten the next drain interval.
  3. Sep 6, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Pol500 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    Duluth, MN
    03 TRD DC 4x4
    Deck plate, grey-wire, blue plug, alarm mod, clear corners, moved/painted badges, color matched grill, topper, 5100s, wheelers 5 leaf + 1.5 aal , OME coils, All-Pro rear bumper, Methods w/ 32's, converted HID Hellas, supercharger
    I wouldn't worry about it if it was mine but if you are worried a flush is pretty easy to do on your own, the thermostats are fairly easy to get to on these trucks, the v6 at least.

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