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What is Volvo coolant?

Last Updated: 8th March, 2020

If you have a white block Volvo, which most Volvo's built after 1993 do, your car uses HOAT formula coolant which is also used by most BMW's, Mercedes', Mini Cooper and many other auto manufactures. The Volvo stuff is actually colored blue, kinda looks like an energy drink.

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Keeping this in view, what color is Volvo coolant?


Also, can I put any coolant in my BMW? If you have a BMW you must use a BMW coolant or coolant that meets the BMW specs. If you do not use the BMW Coolant you may damage the cooling system on your BMW and if you overheat it you may even need new engine. This video will be helpful for all newer BMWs.

Also asked, can I use Prestone coolant in my Volvo?

NEW Prestone 50/50 Prediluted Antifreeze/Coolant for European vehicles is specially formulated for use in Volkswagen®, Audi®, Mercedes®, BMW®/MINI®, & Volvo® vehicles**. Prestone provides protection up to 5 years or 150,000 miles when flushed and filled per vehicle manufacturers' recommendations.

What coolant is best for BMW?

The ZEREX G-48 coolant is ideal for BMW cars. Designed for both diesel and gasoline engines, the coolant has low-silicate, pH, anti-phosphate technology that protects all metals, like aluminum against corrosion.

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Rimma Raia


Does the color of coolant matter?

The truth is, color is not a reliable predictor for what type of coolant you have. For example, OAT coolants are usually orange, yellow, red or purple. Then the older IAT coolant is green. Coolants that manufacturers sell can confuse matters even more, like Honda's blue coolant.

Milagrosa Ordax


Can I just add coolant to my car?

If the coolant level is low, add the correct coolant to the reservoir (not the radiator itself). You can use diluted coolant by itself, or a 50/50 mixture of concentrated coolant and distilled water. When coolant rises to the cold fill line, replace cap and tighten it until you feel it click.

Irune Wagnerberger


What happens if you put the wrong coolant in your car?

Using the wrong engine coolant can gradually lead to corrosion and damage to the water pump, radiator, radiator hoses and cylinder gasket. This can lead to damage to the engine in the worst case.

Yinet Serapio


Can I put water in my radiator?

Although water can be added to the radiator for this purpose, it's preferable to add a mixture of coolant and water because plain water can boil before the proper coolant will boil, causing your engine to overheat [source: pontiac]. A car radiator cannot work if there isn't enough coolant inside the system.

Herve Vepryushkin


What Colour coolant should I use?

The color of healthy engine coolant is green (for ethylene glycol) or orange (for Dexcool). A rusty color indicates that the rust inhibitor in the coolant has broken down and it can no longer control rust and scale buildup.

Lamina Bouakka


Is coolant the same as antifreeze?

Antifreeze is commonly used as one of the components of a coolant mixture – coolant is generally a 50-50 split between antifreeze and water. Antifreeze (specifically the ethylene glycol, which is its main ingredient) is used to lower the freezing point of the liquid that circulates around the engine of a vehicle.

Eduvina Puigmal


What Colour is g40 coolant?

Index number as standard
VW BASF Colour
G11 G48 green/ blue- green
G12 red/pink
G12+ G30 red/violet
G12++ G40 red/violet

Kourtney Oppo


What coolant does my car use?

Green coolant is your conventional coolant (Ethylene Glycol base) and is the most common type of coolant found. Red coolant is typically has a base of Organic Acid Technology which has a different chemical makeup of green coolant and is designed to be suitable for aluminium radiators.

Bousselham CaƱones


What color is Prestone 50/50 coolant?

Product Details
Part Number: AF-2100
Boiling Point (°F): 265
Boiling Point at Recommended Water Dilution % (°F): 265
Concentrate / Ready to Use: Ready to Use
Coolant Color: Yellow

Lisarda Bramkamp


Esteban Stir


What type of coolant is Prestone?

Evidence shows it reduces water pump life in certain Japanese import cars. Prestone Regular or 50/50 is a silicate free OAT antifreeze. It uses phosphates to replace the silicates.

Hilario Mohan


Elitsa Keun


What does coolant do in a car?

The main purpose of the coolant in your engine is to remove the excess heat through the radiator. Engine coolant is also called antifreeze because chemicals are added to keep it from freezing in cold climates so you can continue to operate your vehicle.

Jiafu Salinger


What is Dex cool?

DEX-COOL is a specific type of antifreeze, found in select brands of coolants, created using organic acid technology. The manufacturers as well as General Motors have claimed that DEX-COOL can extend the service life and function of your vehicle.

Gicuta Peppers


How do I know if my coolant is Hoat?

One way to know for sure if you are getting HOAT will be by the packaging. Manufacturers often refer to this anti-freeze as “global” and will indicate on the bottle that it meets or exceeds the specification “G-05” for most European cars and G-11 or G-12 for Volkswagen and Audi.

Adelia Carmoto


Can Prestone be mixed with other coolant?

Mixing coolants which aren't compatible, or using the wrong one for your car, can cause clogging and damage. Prestone is guaranteed for all cars and can be mixed with any other colour of coolant/antifreeze, making it the best choice for you.

Isamel Buchold


Can I use water instead of coolant?

Coolant/ Water Mixture, Not Just Water
The short answer is that it's a bad idea to pour pure water into your radiator, no matter what your climate conditions are. A proper coolant mixture is essential to the proper operation of your engine's cooling system and to its long life.

Eman Marracho


Can I put water instead of coolant in my BMW?

I wouldn't risk driving cross country with water as coolant. The engineers spec for the cooling system is 50/50 BMW coolant, distilled water only. The coolant has corrosion and rust inhibitors and water pump lubricants. It's easier to just follow the instructions the engineers laid out for the engine.

Leonilda Agirregomezkorta


Does a BMW need special coolant?

Coolant & Antifreeze
BMWs have specific coolant requirements (nitrite and phosphate free) to prevent build-up and corrosion of aluminum components, so not just any off-the-shelf antifreeze will do.