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Coolant level

Checked my coolant yesterday.

Was just below min. and the car is only 3/4 months old.
Plus we havn't had any extreme cold or hot weather here. I wonder if I have a leak ? Or can this be expected. Of course the delaer never checked my brake fluid during the PDI and it was below min. also. So maybe they just forgot about the coolant also.

Anyway I didn't bother looking for the stuff the manual recommends to top it up. Used this stuff called Super Glycol all season anti-free and summer coolant. Diluted it 1/4 as the instructions said. Any idea if this is ok, or whether I should have stuck with what the manual recommends. Or is this just a marketing gimmic.

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Good question. Mine was down too. I suspect it was like that from the importer. The engine temp always sits around 90 degrees regardless. I asked the (then) dealer about coolant and was told it was important to get the right stuff. I went into the spare parts counter, asked for Alfa coolant and was given Suzuki coolant. Of course I queried this and was told that what the importer uses, (they import Suzuki vehicles too.) I can't really see the difference. Its all Glycol, albeit with different concentrations between makes. Anyone know for certain?
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The current levels of just above minimum seem to be set at the factory.
Having done 2300 miles, it has not moved and yes the temperature is always around 90 degrees - I have seen it move only very slightly above that once on a very hot day. I might add the brake fkuid is also on a similar level and has also not altered since it was new.
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That's probably good news. I thought I might have had a leak.
Especially as it says in the manual that the level should be between min and max. And mine was just below min.

By the way, I topped it up with a different type of coolant. Could this have an adverse affect ? I find it hard to believe that Alfas only run on the stuff mentioned in the manual. No problems so far though.

Also, have you noticed when you pour the stuff in, the level doesn't rise uniformly. Only at the front, and sort of tilts at an angle.
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Hi Flanno
All liquids to pour into your engine, brake etc. can be mixed (well pretty near all) but is best avoided as additives in antifreezes, oils and so on are slightly different from one manufactory to the other. I wouldn’t worry about the little amount added to bring levels up between top and low.
But it always a good rule to use quality stuff of a know brand.
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I used Super Glycol - all season anti freeze and summer coolant.
Anyone heard of it ?
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The dealer tells me the coolant level normally sits on or just below min. Strange that. Apparently this is just a reserve, and not an indicator of what is in the engine !!! And it doesn't really matter what type of coolant you use. Any good quality brand.

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