It is Toyota's version of DEXCOOL. It is available at any auto parts stores. However; it is more expensive then the green stuff but less then the Dealer charges. If you need a coolant flush just use the aftermaket Dexcool.I know it is supposedly good stuff---but $25 a gallon at every dealership I have called !!! Any professional opinions on a good flush and going with something like Peak Global which meets Toyota specifications ?
I did not think you had to change the coolant basically forever. That is why they call it super long life coolant. Mind if I ask why you are changing it every 2 years?I like the way Toyota gives the "generic" equivalent for most fluids, antifreeze being the exception. So, I figure there's a reason to spend the extra $15 or so every two years to get the real red. I just found out that the dealer by my sister in law (200 miles from home) sells it for $20 a gal, so I'll buy a few next visit. I have 3 Toys to use it.
The Toyota maintenance schedule. See here:I did not think you had to change the coolant basically forever. That is why they call it super long life coolant. Mind if I ask why you are changing it every 2 years?
Can you switch to pink and then go 100k? I thought the big trick to the coolant was just making sure that the water was de ionzed so that you did not get the hard water build up in the system and that was why they can go so long now.The Toyota maintenance schedule. See here:
Toyota Parts and Service
Mine's a 2003, so 24 mo/30,000 mi. For '09, I see it's up to 100k miles for the first change. I could not bring myself to leave coolant in that long.
Red is called "Long Life Coolant".
Pink (pre-diluted) is called Super Long Life Coolant.
As for cabin air filters, I definitely go for the least expensive. Not critical to car durability or performance.
SLL (pink) is prediluted. We were talking about Long Life (red), which is 100% antifreeze. Even at $25 a gallon, plus 82 cents for a gallon of distilled water from Wallyworld, that's cheaper per usable gallon of product than what you paid.I just paid $17.02 for a gallon of Super Long Life Coolant at my local dealership. I don't know how some of your dealerships get off selling it for $25.00 a gallon. My bill said LIST: $20.41 and they sold it to me for NET: $17.02.
Correct and well said. :tu:The extremely simple and extremely inexpensive way to maintain a Toyota cooling system is to use the exact same coolant mixture that the factory used:
Other than taking a peek into the radiator how do you know this? You have a TSB or some test data somewhere? Please share Tundra brother!It will not be necessary to drain the engine block or to "flush" anything because the Toyota fluid is 100% effective at stopping corrosion and scale build up, hence the cooling system will stay sparkling clean for unlimited years and miles by simply draining and refilling the radiator roughly every 2 years or 30,000 miles (red coolant) or 3 years or 45,000 miles (pink coolant).