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#1 Old 06-17-2007, 10:30 AM
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I would like to change the coolant in my 2006 I4. What is the recommended coolant? Do we need Hyundai coolant or could I use Prestone?

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[b]I would like to change the coolant in my 2006 I4.* What is the recommended coolant?* Do we need Hyundai coolant or could I use Prestone?

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Coolant is (in my opinion) a disposable fluid and should be changed regularly - the two year interval stated in the service notes is about right in my opinion.

It's cheap, readily available, and a simple job to change.

But to answer your question - any known-brand of coolant will be perfectly fine.

(Out of interest, I just changed my coolant yesterday. I had a lot of aluminium in mine which I strongly suspect to be left over from inadequate cleaning of the machined block prior to engine assembly at the factory.)


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Was changing coolant as easy as opening the valve at the bottom of the rad, or is there an air vent release valve on the block, like some cars have? (To prevent an air-lock.)
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I plan to disconnect the lower Rad hose to drain the rad and part of the block.
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[b]Was changing coolant as easy as opening the valve at the bottom of the rad, or is there an air vent release valve on the block, like some cars have? (To prevent an air-lock.)
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There's no air vent on the engine (which makes life a little simpler).

Open the tap (low on the radiator side-tank, right hand side of the vehicle). Remove the radiator cap, and let the coolant drain. I then removed the top hose a the radiator, and the bottom hose at the water pump. The bottom hose is virtually inaccessible (easily) at the radiator end. I drained the system, then flushed with tap water. I pushed the bottom hose down so it would drain as much as possible. I should note too - I had the vehicle positioned "nose down" in order to assist with draining as much as reasonably possible from the block. Then I reconnected everything and refilled the system, moved it onto a flat surface, then continued to top-up. I pumped the top hose a few times to help dislodge any air. When the system appeared full, I re-installed the radiator cap, made sure the overflow bottle was topped off, and went for a short drive. Checked it again and it was fine. I'll check it again tonight once the wife gets home from work to make sure the system is full.


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If you do just a drain......you will only loose about a 3rd of the fluid. You need to take it and have it flushed. Much more of a pay off.
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if you pull a hose off the block like ants did you'll get most of the coolant out, there will always be come that will stay in with this method, but I personally don't believe (after using the coolant flush machine when I was at the dealer) that it is much better than a complete drain and fill.
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[b]if you pull a hose off the block like ants did you'll get most of the coolant out, there will always be come that will stay in with this method, but I personally don't believe (after using the coolant flush machine when I was at the dealer) that it is much better than a complete drain and fill.
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You may be right.
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Cool. How fussy are they with USED coolant in your parts of the world. I think we now have recycle depots. Back 20 years ago, we used to walk across the road, and just dump used oil and rad fluid out onto some tall grass. Does wonders for your drinking water!!! Most folks used water wells back.
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