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What type of coolant for 1998? Red or Green?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Killer, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. Jul 6, 2010 at 7:34 AM
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    Killer

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    I do not have an owner manual for a 1998 Tacoma. I have a manual for a 2000 that says Toyota Long Life coolant (which I assume is red).
     
  2. Jul 6, 2010 at 7:35 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    People have flushed the entire cooling system, and used the green with no issues.
     
  3. Jul 6, 2010 at 7:37 AM
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    Why is green more preferable? Is it because of cost, long life or availability?
     
  4. Jul 6, 2010 at 7:39 AM
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    Cost.
     
  5. Jul 6, 2010 at 7:45 AM
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    I really don't think it matters.... as long as you get the proper 'mixture' of distilled water & coolant for the appropriate level of protection, you'll be fine.
     
  6. Jul 6, 2010 at 8:14 AM
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  7. Jul 6, 2010 at 9:45 AM
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    I would drain it and fill it with distilled water, run it, drain it again and then just fill with Toyota red mixed with distilled water.
     
  8. Apr 23, 2013 at 6:58 AM
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    sometimes it is false savings to use the cheaper green stuff. I know that in the case of the older Mercedes, you stick to their mix. It was formulated for the metals in the engine block etc...don't know if this is the case with Toyota
     
  9. Apr 23, 2013 at 7:02 AM
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    I just did mine and the toy long life at my dealer is $40 a gallon.
     
  10. Apr 23, 2013 at 7:09 AM
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    red is stock and what toyota wants


    just use prestone 50/50 for all vehicles all types
     
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