Toyota Pink Coolant

Crispin Jun 12, 2011

  1. Crispin

    Crispin Administrator Staff Member Supporter Guru I am in great_britain

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    I'm going to do a coolant change on the 120 soon so busy shopping for the pink stuff. My local Mr-T always gives me nice (15-50% depending..) discounts so going to try him first for a drum (or bulk) of 25L pink if the discounts are better.

    The 120 takes 11.5L so a 50/50 split would result in a handy quantity for spare.

    Any takers? I could get more if more wanted.
     
  2. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Crispin, the phrase 'more money than sense' springs to mind. Pink? Why?

    OK it's for life they reckon. Yeah, until you get a leak, split a hose, have to change a water pump. With the way that we drive these things, you do expect issues with them. Next time I do my coolant, I'm going with local car parts product. Does red, pink etc COOL any better? Does it really last longer? Does it prevent corrosion better? Does the factory manual specify this. Err nope. It simply says glycol based coolant.

    Your dollar my friend, but unless it comes in cheap as chips, I'd remind you at the story about the Emperor's new clothes.


    Chris
     
  3. Crispin

    Crispin Administrator Staff Member Supporter Guru I am in great_britain

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    because the clever people in Japan said so.
     
  4. Chas

    Chas Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    They used to have an Emporer :think:
     
  5. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    I know I know. Wasn't being rude you know. But Chas is right. I just don't buy it. I know people who run their cars on tap water (no not in the fuel tank) and it's cools perfectly so it can't be something to do with thermal heat capacity. So corrosion protection? Doesn't stop corrosion from the outside though does it. Lubrication perhaps?

    Just wanted to be a voice of sense. We all need it occasionally

    Pink is good, because who told you, sorry? Toyota did? Ohhh, right. I'll drop my troos then.

    Chris
     
  6. Graham

    Graham Well-Known Member I am in uk

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    So really, we need to know the onstituent or constituency of the expensive Toyota pink.
    Then the same of a pink glycol.
    Then the obvious comparison.

    I know almost nothing about antifreeze, except some is different colours, pink and blue, and some is glycol, and some is alcohol based.

    Is the colour the tell tale for the base, ?

    Any way, interesting to know the truth.

    G.
     
  7. fridayman

    fridayman Well-Known Member

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    I need to do a coolant change, so would be interested in this. Let me know what sort of price you get pls.
     
  8. Nuclear Chicken

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    There is a reasonable description of the coolant required for a 120 in the handbook. Can't recall it off-hand but it is a lot more onerous that just a glycol based coolant. Halfords do a version that is slightly cheaper than Toyo (but not by much) but there are others.
     
  9. Crispin

    Crispin Administrator Staff Member Supporter Guru I am in great_britain

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    It's coming in at £24 for 5L if you wanted. They also do a drum of 208L :shock:

    seeing as halfords is around 19-22 for "advanced" stuff, not half bad.
     
  10. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Crispin, that does seem a lot cheaper than when I asked. Can't recall the price but I do remember waking up in A&E on oxygen. Hence me comment yesterday. Now if they sell antifreeze / coolant, whatever the colour at that sort of price, I'd be tempted. Not because of magical properties, but because it's a decent price for coolant. I am sure that last time I bought Red it was more than that.

    Chris
     
  11. Crispin

    Crispin Administrator Staff Member Supporter Guru I am in great_britain

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    Guessing the part where I mentioned the discount was missed?

    Sent from TapaTalk
     
  12. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    No it wasn't. What you missed was the price :roll: . 15% discount off what? With the prices that I was quoted 50% discount wouldn't have got it even close. I am talking ridiculous prices - something mental like £15 per litre. They were actually embarrassed to tell me how much it was (for once). Point is that they didn't expect anyone to ever buy any. It's in there for life. Upgrading wasn't on their radar. So only time it would be installed would be at the factory.

    Chris
     
  13. Andrew Prince

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    I think when I bought 10l of red a few months back, it was around £38 all in. NO discount though :violin:
     
  14. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Andrew, that's about what I paid for red last time. And I mean FOR the LAST time. Next change it's getting something regular in it. If CP can get pink for less than red and close to motor factor prices for the usual swill then it's a bargain!

    I think that something must have changed. They have a surplus or something and need to shift it pronto in bulk. Or maybe they quoted him per litre :lol: :lol:

    C
     
  15. Chas

    Chas Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    If you are getting a batch Crispin, I'll have 5L please :thumbup:
     
  16. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Chas, out of interest, what you gonna do with 5 litres? Have you already got pink in yours then?

    Chris
     
  17. Chas

    Chas Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    I was just going to put it on the shelf for top-ups. I think it's red in there at the moment, it never occured to me before but should they not be mixed? if they can't Crispin, you'd better cancel that order.
     
  18. Crispin

    Crispin Administrator Staff Member Supporter Guru I am in great_britain

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    If there is enough interest I can ask about the red stuff as well?

    Going to put in order tomorrow or Wednesday if anyone did want.
     
  19. fridayman

    fridayman Well-Known Member

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    How do I know if I should use pink or red?
     
  20. Chas

    Chas Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    What he said.
     
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