Q: Wondering whether I can use prestone 5050 antifreeze coolant instead of fl22.?

asked by on January 23, 2017

I am planning on topping of my coolant antifreeze resovoir and am wondering if it is ok to top up with prestone 50/50 instead of using the more expensive fl22 for mazdas.

My car has 208000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

While the green coolant or "safe for use in all vehicles" type coolants may be less expensive than what is in your cooling system, I HIGHLY recommend you do not mix them. Different coolants have different chemical properties. They can become slightly acidic or begin to gel when combined. It doesn’t happen immediately but will occur over time. This can cause coolant leaks as well as clog the small coolant passages in the engine, radiator, and heater core. Even adding a small amount of a different coolant can cause these issues. If you have already added a different coolant, I recommend flushing the cooling system and refilling it with the correct coolant only.

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