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Old 06 Apr 2016, 11:11 pm
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2 questions that are probably common but there is so much garbage on the net that I'm having a hard time finding the info I need.

I need a transmission filter change and I have a kit that I picked up a while back and I want to make damn sure it's the right one before I drop the pan. I think there are 2 transmissions I could have... it's a 2006 automatic base model 2.4 non turbo. How can I I.D. my transmission?

Secondly: I also want to renew my coolant. Rumor is that the H.O.A.T coolant is a mopar scam and you can just use prestone "all makes/all models" type coolant and it's perfectly fine. Is that true?

Thank you in advance.
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Old 07 Apr 2016, 12:00 am
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2 questions that are probably common but there is so much garbage on the net that I'm having a hard time finding the info I need.

I need a transmission filter change and I have a kit that I picked up a while back and I want to make damn sure it's the right one before I drop the pan. I think there are 2 transmissions I could have... it's a 2006 automatic base model 2.4 non turbo. How can I I.D. my transmission?

Secondly: I also want to renew my coolant. Rumor is that the H.O.A.T coolant is a mopar scam and you can just use prestone "all makes/all models" type coolant and it's perfectly fine. Is that true?

Thank you in advance.
Take the VIN # to the dealer and find out which transmission it has in it.

I am suggesting you replace the coolant with the same coolant from the dealer that is in the PT Cruiser. The question is how often are you going to change the coolant and why take a chance on any other coolant that might not be compatible. I have friends of mine that decided to try and save a few dollars and now they have a clogged coolant system with brown residue from mixing two different coolants.
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I would be worried about any kind of coolant. Do you have any way of being sure what is in there now? AFAIK, while they are supposed to be universally compatible, you shouldn't mix them. If it were me, I would wait until the summer and then flush it a few times with distilled water and then use the coolant you decide is best.

We are the original owners of mine, but when we got the radiator done I couldn't tell what they had in there. I just waited until it was warm and kept draining, disposing and filling with distilled water. When I was sure all the old was out, I went back to coolant. I went with the Zerex/Valvoline G-05 because that is "general consensus" but whatever you do, I wouldn't mix. Of course two months after I was finally done the "new" radiator started weeping. Ugh.
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I would be worried about any kind of coolant. Do you have any way of being sure what is in there now? AFAIK, while they are supposed to be universally compatible, you shouldn't mix them. If it were me, I would wait until the summer and then flush it a few times with distilled water and then use the coolant you decide is best.

We are the original owners of mine, but when we got the radiator done I couldn't tell what they had in there. I just waited until it was warm and kept draining, disposing and filling with distilled water. When I was sure all the old was out, I went back to coolant. I went with the Zerex/Valvoline G-05 because that is "general consensus" but whatever you do, I wouldn't mix. Of course two months after I was finally done the "new" radiator started weeping. Ugh.

Forgive my ignorance, but what is the benefit of using distilled water?
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you don't really need distilled water..........look up what antifreeze does.
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Forgive my ignorance, but what is the benefit of using distilled water?
Just an extra safety measure if you have hard water. I'm sure tap water is fine, but for 85 cents I'll use the distilled.
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Distilled water is not really necessary due to part of the coolants property is to protect against any minerals in normal tap water that could form corrosive build up.
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My dealer had a coolant system service flush/fill for $99. I had both my PT and my Ram Pickup done a few years back. I think the manual says 5 years on the coolant. Both my rigs are 2006.
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Distilled water is not really necessary due to part of the coolants property is to protect against any minerals in normal tap water that could form corrosive build up.
Like I said, I'm sure it is not a big deal, but I generally run straight water for a time while I am making sure all of the old coolant is out of it.
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Take the VIN # to the dealer and find out which transmission it has in it.

I am suggesting you replace the coolant with the same coolant from the dealer that is in the PT Cruiser. The question is how often are you going to change the coolant and why take a chance on any other coolant that might not be compatible. I have friends of mine that decided to try and save a few dollars and now they have a clogged coolant system with brown residue from mixing two different coolants.
The Dealer isn't an option for me. Draining and flushing the coolant isn't a problem.
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