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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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I hope this is in the proper place, if not monitor please move to the correct spot. Here goes, is there a special antifreeze made for the newer or new gm malibu?

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First thing I'd do is check the Owners Manual.


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First thing I'd do is check the Owners Manual.


The owners manual does a lot more than take up space in your glove box. There IS actual information in it about your car.

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Newer GM cars use dex-cool. It is the orange coolant, and you can buy it at any auto parts store. Whatever you do, don't put the green stuff in there. If you do, the 2 different coolants will react with each other and form into a brown jello-like substance that will clog up your entire cooling system.

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Newer GMs come with Dex-Cool, as MadMikey said.

It's also been implicated in the ridiculously high lower intake manifold gasket failure rate that GM's V6 motors have.

I'd flush it completely, run water in it for a few (like 100 max!) miles, flush it again, then switch to a high quality conventional antifreeze. But that's me.

*who grumbles still at being on his THIRD LIM gasket set in under 300K miles on his 2000 Malibu*

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MadMikeyL, RalphP, Two thumbs way up to you two. Considering I have neither the manual nor the car. Someone told me that the new gm's took some kind of special antifreeze, I didn't know, and the only place I had to turn was to the forums (I haven't been out of the house for a few days). So thanks guys once again.

Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber and dumber every year?

There is great need for a sarcasm font.

Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5.
I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

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best thing you can do with the dexcool crap! is get it out of the system as fast as you can.

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best thing you can do with the dexcool crap! is get it out of the system as fast as you can.
It not my car. Someone told me that the gms took a new kind of antifreeze. I didn't know any better, so I asked.

Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber and dumber every year?

There is great need for a sarcasm font.

Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5.
I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.
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It not my car. Someone told me that the gms took a new kind of antifreeze. I didn't know any better, so I asked.
At our shop, we drain it, and replace with conventional. Like previously mentioned, don't mix the two.

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There's nothing wrong with dexcool. The problem is that while it will last longer than conventional coolant, it won't last the 100K miles that they market it for, so by the time people change the coolant in their cars, it has been corroding away the aluminum heads and plastic intake gaskets for a good 20-30K miles. Any car that comes in the shop with dexcool, I put dexcool back in it, but change it every 50K and you'll never have a problem.

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