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Coolant?

Discussion in 'Problems, Fixes, Tips...' started by Sharky, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Sharky

    Sharky Copenworld Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    Was just wondering if anyone could tell me which coolant the Copen takes? Pink or Blue?

    Thank you :)
     
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  2. Adam K

    Adam K Copenworld Guru

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    Not that this helps you in any way, but I had Pink in my Cappuccino.

    I've been looking through the Copen service manual, but can't find any specific information. Must be missing it somewhere.

    I'll look under the bonnet of mine on the morning to see what colour it is.
     
  3. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    Mine's Blue.

    - Although looking in the radiator - it's brown!! Strange as I'm sure this was supposed to be changed by the dealer at the 2nd year servive last year.... Humm. Is this normal?

    Rex.
     
  4. Adam K

    Adam K Copenworld Guru

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    Just checked mine, it's a nice pink colour.
     
  5. Sharky

    Sharky Copenworld Member

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    Ok slightly confused guys :S What engines do you both have? Any idea which one I would need for my 660 engine?

    Thanks for your help :)
     
  6. Adam K

    Adam K Copenworld Guru

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    Mines a 660. My Cappuccino was also a 660.
     
  7. Adam K

    Adam K Copenworld Guru

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    Just had a bit of a search about blue & pink coolant.
    Blue is the older type of coolant that has a usable life of 2-3years.
    Pink is the newer type of coolant, which has a usable life of up to five years.

    So I would advise pink coolant. ;)
     
  8. Sharky

    Sharky Copenworld Member

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    Thanks Adam I'll go with pink then :)
     
  9. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    Trust a dealer to give me the old type.
    Maybe mine is brown because the original was pink!

    Rex.
     
  10. tictac

    tictac Copenworld Member

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    I recently discovered a waterless coolant called Evans, which is said to have specific benefits of a much higher boiling temperature so won't lose heat transfer capabilities when normal water-based coolants would locally vaporise. Also lasts for the life of the car, no need to ever change it (yes, it is more expensive up front). Has anyone tried waterless coolants in the copen? Or even a larger radiator - we get pretty hot summer days over here in Australia and I want to protect the car (read: turbo bearings) from excessive heat stress.
     
  11. Adam K

    Adam K Copenworld Guru

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    I've seen them use that stuff on Wheeler Dealers (a British show on the Discovery Channel about rescuing & doing up old cars).
     
  12. dunf

    dunf Copenworld Regular

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    The colour of the coolant isn't always consistent with the type, but generally in the UK the pink is the newer kind and the blue or green is older. The older type is suited to cars with steel blocks / heads and bronze thrust bearings. You wouldn't use the pink stuff in these cars. The aluminium motors in the Copen can run happily on both types but you get more life outta the pink.

    The brown coolant is probably caused by corrosion contamination in previously nice clean blue coolant. Or you don't have much coolant and are running with mostly just water (coolant is also a rust-inhibitor). Either it is way overdue a change, or it could be signs of a head gasket blown and leaking combustion material into the coolant system. You can get an inexpensive sniffer test done on the coolant to verify this.

    btw, i'm no professional mechanic, but I do a fair bit of engine work on older vehicles mostly.
     
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  13. Tegan SA

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  14. tictac

    tictac Copenworld Member

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    Thanks Tegan SA, very interesting read
     
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