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    any body got any tips on changing the antifreeze on my mistress all advise would be apprecated
    I am using the red antifreeze as I have been told that mixing rad and blue can be detrimental to the engne (somthing about turning to jelly if mixed!)

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    If your not too sure if your coolant is not up to scratch,then drain it and refill.
    Ive just changed my coolant,i used a mix 40% water,and 60% antifreeze,thats for my 300 tdi....As for your TD5 im not 100% sure on what the mix is...Sorry,maybe someone else on here can advise you

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    looking in the manual thst came with her the moter takes 13.0 L of coolent and the mix is 50:50 ie 1L of antifreeze to 1L of water

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    Default Re: changing the antifreeze on a TD5 defender

    Any engine with aluminium components needs antifreeze all year round, it's also a corrosion inhibiter. No less than 30% is needed. 50/50 is Ok, but I wouldn't use more than that.

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    Default Re: changing the antifreeze on a TD5 defender

    The red/orange coolant in your td5 comes pre mixed,so there is no need to worry about percentages of water.It's also supposed to be "extended life" so how old is your truck-does it need changing yet? I try to avoid it if unecessary cos what do you do with the old stuff? Even when its sent for recycling I wonder how well it's done.

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    I bought from my local garage consetrated stuff csr is four years old in january and wiyh the weather hear getting blooming cold (-11 one night) I thought it might be better cant take a chance with a 3000 engine!
    got it changed wasnt so bad but better safe than sorry!!

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    See what you mean minus 11 is to cold to risk,Just noticed where you live- hope the fire is going well !!!!

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    fire is off at the moment meant to clean it today but did the anti freeze instead as it was a balmy C
    I see we are due for more cold weather and SNOW at the end of the week!
    just check out: metcheck.com

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    Major apologies! The info I gave you is wrong,genuine LR anti freeze, (red stuff) is meant to be a 50% mix with water.The red stuff I use is premixed--from a different supplier.Maybe I should drink a little less wine on a w/end!!!! Hope it hasn't caused you any grief.

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    Make sure that the " long life " antifreeze is not mixed with ordinary ethylene glycol antifreeze. The long life and non poisonous stuff is usually monopropylene glycol or others which if mixed with standard stuff can rot your radiator. If not sure best action is to flush and start again.
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