I don't know for certain, but I did want to add that you should not (typically) have to "top off" coolant (at least that's been the case in my many years.) It's a closed system, so if you are losing a noticeable amount the odds are good you have a breach someplace- either a leak or burning it. The latter is of course more rare as that would indicate a breach in the headgasket or a crack in the block or head....but don't worry about that as that's much further down the list of likely possibilities...I'd be hunting for a leak/seepage.<p>I'm sure you already know this stuff, but simply wanted to throw it out there to try and be helpful!
Thanks for the info...I've only had the car for 6 months now, and it was always on the low side. I am just now trying to get it back up between the min/max mark so I can monitor the level as I have the car longer.<br>I should note I don't believe it has dropped any since I bought it, but I want to get it to an acceptable level.
I have to top off every volvo that comes in for service... most cases they dont have any leaks. When i see one a little low i dont even flinch as its extremely common. Havent dealt with a coolant leak on a single S40 yet.<p>Always use volvo coolant. The mixture is different than other manufactures including generic which has phosphates in it usually.
I was told that any coolant would do as long as it was the same color, so if you have green or pink coolant in the tank then you could top up with any green or pink coolant you find i guess..<p>Beside, have you undone the cap of the coolant tank yet? sometimes there's a pressure build up in the circuit, and once you open the tank the pressure is releaved and coolant comes rushing back in.<p>... just a thought.<br>
Problem is color isnt always accurate. Its true manufactures try and stick to a personal color for their make of vehicle but there are too many factors out there and its the content thats more important.
Re: Need to add some coolant to bring me above the min mark...do I n ... (volvoNB)
Thats considered normal, so yeah distilled water is the way to go if you cant get some volvo coolant. I pretty much have to top off every car that comes in for service. Checking and topping off fluids is part of the inspection so maybe you should come visit my dealership <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>When people ask why they are having to top off their fluid i tell them Jiffy lube doesnt and you should service your car at a location that actually inspects these things ha!
Re: Need to add some coolant to bring me above the min mark...do I n ... (ForceFed Motorsports)
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ForceFed Motorsports</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">. Checking and topping off fluids is part of the inspection so maybe you should come visit my dealership <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Haha! Yeah, I'll be right over. Give me a week's head start from VT <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Good advice on the distilled water. Will I have a problem come winter if I add just water? It gets cold here (-teens)
Re: Need to add some coolant to bring me above the min mark...do I n ... (Veefifty T5AWD)
If your worried about antifreeze mix %'s and freeze points you can pick up an anti-freeze tester for about $7-10 at most autoparts stores which tests for freeze and boil points or chemical test strips which will show freeze and boil point, Ph level and Alkalinity.
soooooooo this caught my attention and i just realized than other than regular oil changes i havent checked ANY fluids in my car ever since i got it last year... lol i just hit 52k... what should i check and where lol?
I would definitely flush the brake fluid and the coolant.<p>Personally I would flush the ATF if you have an automatic but others may say you can wait a little longer.<br>Check the power steering fluid but that should be fine.