Q: Q: Which coolant to use

asked by on

I am located in a remote Canadian town - no Toyota service available. The coolant level in the plastic reservoir is about an inch below LOW. I need to top up. The closest suitable coolant that I could find locally is 1. Pristone - all vehicles, all makes, all colours 2. Motomaster - Asian vehicles (Honda, Toyota, Subaru, etc.) Green or Orange

Which one do I use to top up?

My car has 12000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Considering your distance from a Toyota dealership, I would simply use water to bring the reservoir bottle to the Minimum level marking until you get the proper coolant. I realize you are just topping off the level with a small amount, but in years of experience with all these new coolant formulations, I have seen some issues created by mixing coolant types, even with those labeled "safe for all cars" etc. The different chemical compositions can sometimes cause chemical reactions that make the mixture a bit more corrosive or gel up a bit and clog smaller coolant passages in the radiator and heater core. If driving to a Toyota dealership or parts source that sells the specific coolant is a hassle, consider ordering it online and having it shipped to you to save you problems down the road.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: Which coolant to use

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: If a tire is plugged twice right beside each other, would you be able to see if it had been plugged from the outside of the tire?

An inspection is only as good as the time spent and the person doing the inspection. I can say that a plug may be hard to spot. If the plug was there for a while, then it would be road...

Q: Doesn't seem to shift down, sluggish when driving.

Hi there: If you don't see any transmission fluid leaking on the ground in front of your home, it's possible that perhaps you need to have your transmission fluid flushed (especially if you've never had this done and are up...

Q: Starter relay location?

Hi, thanks for your question. This vehicle has an intelligent power distribution control module located behind right front headlight in engine compartment. This module is computer controlled and may require additional diagnostic testing. Hope this helps and best of luck!...

Related articles

What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.