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http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/132-9th-generation-2003-2008/535298-diy-2003-2008-corolla-matrix-pontiac-vibe-coolant-flush-w-pics.html

I wanted to know if this is a good DIY for a coolant flush.

Also I want to know you run the engine with heater set to high. Do you let the car get up to complete temperature. Also do you shut the car off and let it completely cool down before you flush again.

Frank.

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That DIY looks pretty solid - good tips on there as well.

 

As for running the car - you want to heat it up enough to cycle the coolant through the system. If the system isn't hot enough, the thermostat won't open and it would circulate the system. Sometimes you can see the coolant move by leaving the radiator cap off and observing when it is moving. I don't recommend that some DIYers, as in some cases, the coolant may shoot out - those situations, better to leave the cap installed, warm it up to full temp, let if completely cool - drain and repeat.

If you were pretty conservative with getting up to temp - could be a several hour process to run enough distilled water to completely flush out the system. But since you don't have to do this very often - not too bad of an experience. There are tricks to speed this up - many of them are touched upon in the DIY write up.

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Ok. I will leave radiator cap on for saftey. As for running the car do you need the HEATER ON HIGH when you warn it up to full tempeture.

That is the only thing I do not know. I know you fill with distilled water. Then completely warm car up. Then let it completely cool down and then drain water out. Then repeat.

That is where my confusion was heater on high or heater off when completely warming car up.

Thank Frank

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Reason for running the heater on HIGH lets the coolant circulate through the heater core. If the heater wasn't turned on, you'd still have the old coolant left in the core.

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Fish

I have 94k on corolla. Since the TURBO POWER EXTENDED ORANGE fluid my former mechanic put in there is not that great of a fluid for my car, I decided to do flush at 100k.

When I do flush I will put TOYOTA RED COOLANT IN.

If I do not know I ask. I did not know that that was reason for running heater on high.

THANK

FRANK

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There's also a block drain petcock on the back, below exhaust manifold, closer to driver's side... It's loosened with a 10mm socket.

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Coolant flush procedure: TOYOTA RED. you do your normal flush out coolant. Fill with distiller water. Flush system and repeat several more times.

Here my question. TOYOTA PINK. PRE MIXED. How do you get rest of water out. Is it buy cracking rear block drain and pulling the lower radiator hose off.

Or do you do something else.

Thanks Frank.

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Drain radiator and engine block, flush with distilled water, then add 4 quarts of concentrated un-distilled coolant, and top off with distilled water... You cannot add pre-mixed coolant after flushing with water, as you can't drain enough of it out.

 

Don't forget to drain and flush expansion tank (reservoir) as well. Easily done by disconnecting its hose at the pressure cap, and running it down.

 

http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/motomaster-asian-concentrate-coolant-3-78-l-0293070p.html#/en/pdp/motomaster-asian-concentrate-coolant-3-78-l-0293070p.html#.VDBQnIx3sR4

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The premixed coolant was designed for a drain and refill - not a flush procedure. If the area you live in doesn't get very cold or very hot - might get away with running a lower concentration of coolant to distilled water - but has some risks involved.

 

Best to do a flush, refill with Toyota Red + distilled water. After than - you can do a drain and refill with pink premixed, do a shorter run (30K miles or so), drain and refill with pink again on the normal schedule after that.

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I have a question: i do a flush and get the turbo power extended orange out of my car.

I put in Toyota Red.

Then for the rest of my cars life I only have to do drain and refills.

After Toyota red next time I do a drain and refill with Toyota pink

Can you mix TOYOTA RED AND PINK. I DO NOT KNOW.

 

Would it be better to do flush and get turbo power out and put Toyota pink in that way I never have to do flush again because pink is made for drain and refill.

Frank

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Turbo Power Extended Life OAT coolant is good stuff, and it is compatible, just like STP's version available at Walmart Canada... Cool color, and it smells really good.

 

http://www.recochem.com/products/turbo_power_coolants/extended_life_antifreeze_coolant

 

http://www.recochem.com/products/stp/stp_antifreeze_coolant

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Couple of ways to do this:

 

Do a drain and refill - put Toyota Pink in there, repeat several times over a shorted period of time (depends on how far you drive, how often) - eventually, you'll dilute what was in there and have mostly Toyota Pink coolant and additives in there.

 

Do a full flush with distilled water, add Toyota Pink or Red. If using Red, figure out the total cooling system capacity - divide it by 2, that is how much Toyota Red to add. The rest will be distilled water. If using Pink, again figure out the total capacity, drain as much of the distilled water that is in there, add Pink, note the concentration. Do a series of drain and refills after the system has been run for some time, refill with Pink - eventually, you'll get the concentration to a point that is "good enough".

 

Also, if you use Red, you can do a drain and refill later - just use Red + distilled water, no need to flush.

With Pink, once you get the concentration up - you can just drain and refill with Pink, no need to flush.

 

You can also do a flush with Toyota Pink - similar to flushing with distilled water, but you don't have to worry about concentration at the end, as it will be pretty much set. Might cost more.

 

You can leave the Turbo Power Extended coolant in there and stock up on that coolant. Don't have to worry about a flush, just drain and refill. Just keep an eye on the water pump and replace it when a seal goes bad on it.

 

Pink and Red are technically not 100% compatible, as there is slightly different chemistry involved - but it doesn't stop the dealerships from adding Pink to Red coolant (Pink is backwards compatible, Red is technically cannot be used forward - but owners still use it). From what I gather from my dealer - eventually they will phase out Toyota Red and only stock Pink premixed coolant. How soon is anyone's guess. That point - someone will eventually figure out how to do it more efficiently with Pink coolant.

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Is this ok: do flush and flush out turbo power.

Add Toyota pink. It is a 50/50 mix.

After you do flush and add Toyota pink from that PIONT out just keep doing drain and refill. No need for flush.

Can you do it this way. Just asking

Frank.

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If you flush with distilled water your mix might be weak. If you fill back up with pink ..50/50.

You see. There will be residual water left in the system. So it will not be 50/50 any more.

Now Fish said drain and refill. That will get you close enough to 50/50 mix.

 

 

 

But if you flush with pink 50 50 ......you'll have only residual pink 50 50 in there.

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I have a question: at 60,000 my coolant system was drained and flushed. Mechanic put in TURBO POWER EXTENDED LIFE COOLANT ORANGE.

I wAnt to use same coolant I do not have to do flush because I am not changing coolant.

I only have to drain and refill because using same coolant.

Question: when do you drain TURBO POWER

At 30k or 60k.

Frank.

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