View Full Version : Red or Green coolant in '96 80 series?
09-19-2010, 07:50 PM
When my dad bought his '96 80, it had green coolant in it. Did it come that way from the factory and should he keep putting green in it, or should he flush it and put Toyota red in it? Dave had this input from a couple years ago:
But I wasn't sure what to tell him. :dunno:
09-19-2010, 08:23 PM
It was red to start with and likely changed to green along the way. I'd just drain it, flush and refill with green. I have red in mine but don't have a strong reason to use one or the other except that changing from one to the other should involve a through flush to keep the two from mixing.
09-20-2010, 12:37 AM
After discussing this with Robbie I wish I had swapped to green...But, both my 80 and the LX had red so that is what they are still running...
A big bonus IMO, and others based on discussions, for running green coolant is that you can pretty much find it anywhere should you need some in a pinch. Not so with Toyota Red. And we all know about the stories of what mixing red and green will do :)
changing from one to the other should involve a through flush to keep the two from mixing.
x2, except that I'd go one further and say that even if its got green in it now, I'd still do a complete flush unless you know its been done before. I'd personally stick with green for the reasons Jeff mentioned; its much easier to come by in a pinch.
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