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Yeah, the regular 'ole Prestone green should work fine - that is the stuff that says safe for all aluminum engines. And no one is suing them for destroyed motors like they are on DexCool. I believe there are some phosphates in it but that is OK for most of North America, especially if you are using distilled water to dilute to your final mix ratio.

The deal with the totally free silicate and phosphate free antifreeze that the Germans use is that their water, if they are filling with tap water, is very hard, much harder than North America's water. There is a chemical reaction caused by the very hard European water which precipitates various components out of the coolant solution which then usually stick to the water passages, especially the thin ones in the radiator.

So it shouldn't be a big issue for you as long as you are using distilled water, just don't go peeing into the coolant tank if you run low on coolant somewhere out of the way.
Old 08-13-2004, 07:49 AM
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