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ewaleson

coolant replacement 2001 996

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Ok I was involved in an accident where my raditor was replaced on one side as a result the body shop also needed to replace some coolant. I mentioned to the body shop they needed to use special coolant and they indicated they used a universal coolant that mixes with anything. Is this possible? Is there a way to test the coolant to see if it meets Porsche spec? about 5k miles ago I had 10,000+ worth of work done to my engine by a porsche dealership including replacing coolant so I know the engine was in perfect running order. I know the smart thing to do would be replace the coolant but in all honesty not sure I can afford in after paying the ductuctible.

Ethan

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They would have to replace what was there with equal or better quality product as specified by the manufacturer. If the coolant they are using is approved by Porsche then it's fine otherwise insist that they talk to your dealer before doing the work.

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There are some compatible coolants, and depending on how much they added it might not be a problem. Here is a good read on compatible coolants:

http://www.pedrosgarage.com/Site_5/Coolant_Antifreeze.html

The best thing to do for small quantities is just add distilled water.

If you are uncertain what they added and they don't have a brand name for you I would have the system drained and filled, you don't want it to gell on you. That would create a much larger bill to clean up.

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Hi, not sure if this assists but if you do want to replace the coolant with OEM see the following link:

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