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#1 hulio warez

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 11:12 AM

I have a 2005 corolla CE with around 50,000 miles..i bought it with 30,000 miles on it. How often do i need to do a coolant flush? I searched online and it says refer to the manual and i don't have one...any ideas? i live in kansas so it gets pretty cold here so not sure if that makes a difference at all..

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#2 gvr4ever

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 04:27 PM

Going off the top of my head, every 30K miles. Some hard core people do it every year. It's not a stupid ideal because the coolant lubes the water pump, so the better care of the water pump, the longer it will last.

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 04:31 PM

the red coolant is good for 30-50K miles and the red is 50-80K miles, red i wouldnt run more than 3 years and pink can push 5.

however more frequent intervals will not hurt anything!

#4 mikered30

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 11:43 PM

I have a 2005 corolla CE with around 50,000 miles..i bought it with 30,000 miles on it. How often do i need to do a coolant flush? I searched online and it says refer to the manual and i don't have one...any ideas? i live in kansas so it gets pretty cold here so not sure if that makes a difference at all..

thanks!


The 05+ have the super long life coolant, the pink prediluted coolant, and can easily go 60K miles. Some people replace the thermostat every other fluid change.

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 03:49 AM

Most manuals specify the scheduled maintenance based on the driving conditions.
Coolant should be changed about every 30,000 miles/24 months. Some coolant can last longer and can go for 45,000 miles/36 months.
I don't have the manual for your year car, but these figures would work. More frequent changes might cost more but would not hurt.
Hope this helps.

Edited by Bikeman982, 20 January 2008 - 03:49 AM.

#6 hulio warez

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 04:18 PM

thanks too all for your replies..definately informative..i think i'm going to wait till i reach 60K miles...i guess, since i bought the car with 30K miles on it, don't know if the dealership replaced it..but, i might just wait till i hit 60K to do it..have another 8K miles to go..

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 12:58 AM

thanks too all for your replies..definately informative..i think i'm going to wait till i reach 60K miles...i guess, since i bought the car with 30K miles on it, don't know if the dealership replaced it..but, i might just wait till i hit 60K to do it..have another 8K miles to go..

Do dealers keep any history on the cars?
It probably is not possible to find the previous owner and ask them.
You should be OK going another 8K before changing it, although it would not hurt to do it sooner.

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 04:29 PM

Dealers only have history for vehicles that were serviced there.
If the vehicle was serviced at more than 1 dealer, they may or not have access to the history.

BTW,
Non-Diluted (red?) is about $21/gallon
50-50 coolant (pink?) is about $25/gallon
(at my local dealer).

good luck
tdk.

#9 jimb29635

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 09:57 PM

A mechanic told me years ago that not regularly changing the coolant was the number 1 cause of head gasket failures. Now you're talking some money and time. I replace mine every 50,000 miles using genuine Toyota coolant (available online or at dealer)

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:47 AM

draining/refilling the radiator every year or two is just good preventive maintenance. That is just about half the total capacity 9give or take).

every couple of years or every 50K is a good idea.

Zerex G-05 and Peak 50/50 or prestone 50/50 are alternatives as well

Edited by 02zx9r, 27 March 2008 - 09:59 AM.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 02:32 PM

Interesting. I took my car in for its usual every two years maintenance stop, and the service writer at the dealership recommended that I skip the coolant change. Told me it was good to 35 below, was a healthy Toyota pink, and a waste of money to keep replacing it every two years. This guy has been at that dealership for years, unlike most of the people who are there one month and gone the next. I've put less than 2 thousand miles on the car since the last coolant change two years ago. Thoughts?

#12 02zx9r

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 02:39 PM

you dont have to change it out every two years or 50K or whatever.

I just choose to do it simply as a preventive maintenance thing. If I change it out every 5 years will I have a problem? Who knows. I just choose to change it out early in the hopes that I wont have a coolant related issue down the road. I figure $20-30 for fresh coolant and fresh additives every two years, i can live with that

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 12:21 PM

So far, I've changed my coolant every 2 1/2 years, even though I normally drive far less than 30,000 miles in that time. More like 25K. I usually have this done by the dealer, just to make sure it's done right and the work is guaranteed. Last change was in Dec. 07; had the serp belt belt and tensioner changed at the same time. Second change for the belt, first for the tensioner, since there was a T.O. on it at the time. My Corolla has 54.6K on it now, and I'm wondering when I need to have the plugs replaced.