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Old 25-02-2009, 08:20 PM   #1
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Default Pink or blue antifreeze - Difference ?

Could somebody please tell me the benefits of using pink antifreeze in a watercooled vw to the blue, as apparently its not allowed
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Old 25-02-2009, 08:27 PM   #2
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It is allowed. Any decent antifreeze works. Some better than others. What is bad, is water. Just like I say on oil. The wrong oil won't usually kill your engine, no oil or dirty oil will. A coolant with rust inhibitor changed regularly is good.
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The pink stuff tends to be the better spec.

In halfords the blue is a two year antifreeze and the pink/red is a five year antifreeze.
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Yes but! Whate's the point of putting a 5 year anti freeze into a VW engine?
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Yes but! Whate's the point of putting a 5 year anti freeze into a VW engine?
So it doesn't freeze when its under the tarp in the garden
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I had 2 halfords ones in my garage.....

one 2 yr one and one 5 yr one.............both halfords

Looking to sell the car soonish so i put the 2yr in it, blue stuff, should i be panicing and draining it out asap


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I always understood that the coolant should be replaced every 2 years or 24,000 miles which ever came sooner.
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Ford & Volvo spec' different colours for the same engines, the red/orange is indeed the higher spec' termed OAT - organic acid technology apparently. But whatever you use, it is not recommended to mix 'em together.
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I find the blue has a slightly fruitier flavour. Pink is nuttier with a stronger bouquet.

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I find the blue has a slightly fruitier flavour. Pink is nuttier with a stronger bouquet.


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