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Just bought a 2016 Chevy Cruze, coolant running low, how do I dex-cool?

DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist I swear!Registered User regular
Just bought a new (to me) 2016 Cruze this summer, and recently I noticed the fan was running a lot more than usual so I checked the coolant, and I can't even see any left in the tank. So since this is a GM car I know I gotta use Dex-Cool instead of regular coolant. My question is how do I know whether the idiot who owned this car before me actually used the right kind of coolant? I know I'm not supposed to mix coolants, but I can't even see the coolant in the tank, so should I try to drain it out whatever is left just as a precaution?

"Simple, real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time." -Mustrum Ridcully in Terry Pratchett's Hogfather p. 142 (HarperPrism 1996)

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    BouwsTBouwsT Wanna come to a super soft birthday party? Registered User regular
    Where are you located? If you're not worried about freezing temperatures, you could top-up with distilled water which will dilute the concentration some, then you can see what color the mixture is after a day of driving (for circulation). Otherwise there should be a drain point on the radiator (commonly called a petcock), drain a small sample off to see if it's orange.

    Or you could roll the dice, and just throw Dex 50-50 in!

    I wouldn't drain out the whole cooling system just for a top-up. That seems like overkill.

    Between you and me, Peggy, I smoked this Juul and it did UNTHINKABLE things to my mind and body...
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    DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist I swear! Registered User regular
    Good idea. A little water just to see what the color is and then just add an equal amount of coolant once I see what color I'm dealing with...

    "Simple, real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time." -Mustrum Ridcully in Terry Pratchett's Hogfather p. 142 (HarperPrism 1996)
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    mtsmts Dr. Robot King Registered User regular
    did you buy it from a dealer? if so, go to them. otherwise you can probably figure it out since they tend to keep that sort of stuff consitent

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    DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist I swear! Registered User regular
    It was one of those side-of-the-road dealers. They already forgot to check the spark plugs even though they should have been replaced at 60,000. (I bought it at 62,000.) So I'm not sure I trust their judgment, but at least I got a good deal out of it.

    "Simple, real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time." -Mustrum Ridcully in Terry Pratchett's Hogfather p. 142 (HarperPrism 1996)
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    see317see317 Registered User regular
    It was one of those side-of-the-road dealers. They already forgot to check the spark plugs even though they should have been replaced at 60,000. (I bought it at 62,000.) So I'm not sure I trust their judgment, but at least I got a good deal out of it.

    Given that, I think I'd flush the coolant out and replace it all, unless that's a massively arduous task. There's a chance that, if they topped it up at all, they topped it up with the wrong stuff.
    At the very least, you'd be able to monitor it for a slow leak once you had it topped up.

    I'm no car guy though, anything more complicated than an oil change or an air filter is out of my level of confidence.

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    spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    I would take it to a dealer and just go PLZ FIX CAR but then, I'm less of a car guy that see317. I didn't even know an air filter needed oiling!

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    mRahmanimRahmani DetroitRegistered User regular
    At 62,000 miles, the car is barely out of warranty, I would feel pretty confident predicting that it's still running Dexcool and not the universal green stuff. It may also be worth checking with the dealer if there was any extended warranty coverage for coolant loss, I know my '11 Cruze had the warranty on water pumps extended to 10 years/100,000 miles.

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    see317see317 Registered User regular
    spool32 wrote: »
    I would take it to a dealer and just go PLZ FIX CAR but then, I'm less of a car guy that see317. I didn't even know an air filter needed oiling!

    Don't forget to have them check your blinker fluid while they're working on it. Most of these places won't do it unless you specifically ask.
    you don't want to be rolling down the highway with a dry blinker reservoir, that's just bad news all around.

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    SmrtnikSmrtnik job boli zub Registered User regular
    Wait.. blinkers aren't just light bulbs/LEDs, there is fluid?!?!

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    knitdanknitdan In ur base Killin ur guysRegistered User regular
    Smrtnik wrote: »
    Wait.. blinkers aren't just light bulbs/LEDs, there is fluid?!?!

    They’re having a giggle

    “I was quick when I came in here, I’m twice as quick now”
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    Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    knitdan wrote: »
    Smrtnik wrote: »
    Wait.. blinkers aren't just light bulbs/LEDs, there is fluid?!?!

    They’re having a giggle

    Beware of worn muffler bearings too, if that crops up you're gonna have to go to the service desk at your nearest dealer and ask for a long weight...

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    BouwsTBouwsT Wanna come to a super soft birthday party? Registered User regular
    knitdan wrote: »
    Smrtnik wrote: »
    Wait.. blinkers aren't just light bulbs/LEDs, there is fluid?!?!

    They’re having a giggle

    Beware of worn muffler bearings too, if that crops up you're gonna have to go to the service desk at your nearest dealer and ask for a long weight...

    Common maintenance after 60,000 is valve seat re-upholstery as well. Great value!

    Between you and me, Peggy, I smoked this Juul and it did UNTHINKABLE things to my mind and body...
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    DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist I swear! Registered User regular
    edited September 2019
    So I finally got around to doing this. Turns out it's... clear? I got a bad feeling this means I've got a bigger leak problem than I originally realized. :?

    Though if it was totally empty wouldn't the Check Engine light come on and the car overheat?

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    SummaryJudgmentSummaryJudgment Grab the hottest iron you can find, stride in the Tower’s front door Registered User regular
    edited October 2019
    see317 wrote: »
    blinker fluid etc.

    Here's an ask:

    What consumable maintenance items are there and actually need to be changed? Like, assuming you're not otherwise having an issue with a car, what stuff needs periodic replacement

    Also -- Which of this stuff is critical and which is places trying to upsell you. And of the upsales, are any worth doing (i.e. fuel mileage gains)

    https://m.carsdirect.com/car-maintenance/a-routine-car-maintenance-schedule-based-on-engine-mileage - is this accurate

    Oil every 8000 or when your Oil Life % drops to 0

    Brake pads...once you hear screeching?

    Cabin filter when?
    Engine air filter when?
    Trans fluid?

    I'm only getting 25city/33 highway on my 14 Cruze and it's kind of bad for a small passenger car?

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    MalgarasMalgaras Registered User regular
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    see317 wrote: »
    blinker fluid etc.

    Here's an ask:

    What consumable maintenance items are there and actually need to be changed? Like, assuming you're not otherwise having an issue with a car, what stuff needs periodic replacement

    Also -- Which of this stuff is critical and which is places trying to upsell you. And of the upsales, are any worth doing (i.e. fuel mileage gains)

    https://m.carsdirect.com/car-maintenance/a-routine-car-maintenance-schedule-based-on-engine-mileage - is this accurate

    Oil every 8000 or when your Oil Life % drops to 0

    Brake pads...once you hear screeching?

    Cabin filter when?
    Engine air filter when?
    Trans fluid?

    I'm only getting 25city/33 highway on my 14 Cruze and it's kind of bad for a small passenger car?

    Generally speaking the authoritative source for things like that is the owners manual for your car. It will have a section on maintenance that covers all of that.

    Here is the manual for your car. Pages 11-1 through 11-18 have the answers you seek (And a maintenance log you should fill out when you get work done).

    Brakes are actually covered seperately on 10-26, and reading the entire of section 10 (vehicle care) might be in your best interest, but the upshot is that "when you hear screeching" is correct.

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