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AMSOIL Dominator Coolant Boost
AMSOIL Dominator Coolant Boost uses surfectants to improve thermal transfer between metal and liquid (coolant) by increasing surface tension.

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Application: All Cruzes
Quantity Required: 1 fluid ounce per quart of 50/50 antifreeze Or...
1.4L Turbo: 5.8 ounces
1.8L: 6.9 ounces
2.0L Diesel: 9.5 ounces

Each bottle contains 16 ounces
Recommended application: every 30,000 miles

Benefits:
- Reduces warm-up times on 1.4L and 1.8L engines during winter driving conditions, providing heat in the cabin sooner.
- Aids in cooling of the 1.4L turbocharger for improved longevity
- Improves effectiveness of heater core and radiator
- Reduces cylinder head temperatures. This aids in valve cooling and reduces combustion chamber temperatures, which help prevent knock.

AMSOIL Dominator Coolant Boost is similar to Redline's Water Wetter, but tested at ~2x as effective in transferring heat. It is compatible with DEXCOOL coolant/antifreeze and does not affect its rated service interval. This product will benefit anyone who wants to get heat into the cabin faster during the winter, participates in any racing with their 1.4 Turbo Cruze, or simply wants to improve the longevity of their turbo by keeping it running cooler.

Order Information and Pricing:
AMSOIL Dominator Coolant Boost

Warranty Information:
The AMSOIL warranty certificate can be found using the following URL: AMSOIL Warranty

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Will my engine warm up faster in the winter?
A: No, the engine itself will actually warm up slower in the winter when the heater is on, because more of the excess heat created by the engine will be dissipated by the heater core to warm up the cabin more quickly. This is a trade-off between fuel economy and comfort until the engine is fully warmed up.

Q: Will this void my warranty?
A: Regardless of what your dealer tells you, the Magnuson-Moss act protects you from having your warranty voided by using a product other than what the dealer recommends. If there is a failure, GM has to prove that the fluid caused the failure. This product is compatible with the DEXCOOL and using it will not void your warranty.
 

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In case anyone wants to know exactly how it works, here's the old product description for it.

Amsoil Dominator Coolant Boost is designed to reduce corrosion and significantly enhance heat transfer in cooling systems. One of the overlooked benefits of better heat transfer is much quicker engine warm-up in winter conditions, which is noticed when the vehicle's defroster works much sooner.
To understand how Dominator Coolant Boost reduces engine warm-up times in cold weather, it is imperative to understand the fundamentals of an engine's cooling system and how Coolant Boost's proprietary tiered-surfactant technology works. The same tiered-surfactant technology that aids in reducing engine operating temperatures also decreases engine warm-up times.

In a vehicle's cooling system, the ultimate goal is to quickly and effectively move heat away from engine components, permitting the engine to run at a safe, controlled temperature. An effective cooling system reduces stress on all aspects of the engine, including the lubricating oil. Alternatively, a corroded cooling system that transfers heat ineffectively will eventually lead to engine overheating, breakdown of engine oil and catastrophic failure.

Before studying tiered surfactants, it is important to understand what a surfactant does in a cooling system. A surfactant reduces the surface tension of water and antifreeze, allowing closer contact with metal parts. This closer contact increases the coolant's effi ciency in transferring heat away from hot engine parts and out through the radiator and fan.

Many leading coolant additives contain only one surfactant, limiting their temperature ranges and ultimate effectiveness. AMSOIL Dominator Coolant Boost uses three surfactants, each designed to operate in a different temperature range to increase liquid-to-metal contact from the time the vehicle starts to the time it reaches operating temperature.

Graphic A (below) illustrates how each surfactant in Coolant Boost's tieredsurfactant technology is designed to provide optimal performance over a wide temperature range, while competing products with only one surfactant are limited to performance in a single temperature range.

Graphic B (below) outlines controlled testing of AMSOIL Dominator Coolant Boost with a 50/50 antifreeze/water mix. When a cooling system reaches 120°F, the operator typically feels warm air coming out of the defroster. The time it takes to reach this temperature with Coolant Boost is reduced by 45 percent compared to the 50/50 antifreeze/water mix alone.

Through the use of tiered surfactants, AMSOIL Dominator Coolant Boost delivers quicker warm-up times in the winter and reduced engine temperatures in the summer, making it an excellent choice for year-round use.

 

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I might try this, my cruze takes FOREVER to heat up in the mornings
Mine did too. I bought it specifically for that reason. It would take me 5 minutes of in-town driving and 5 minutes of highway driving before I had any decent heat. This cut that down almost in half. I highly recommend it.

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I know it is not as good but I have Water Wetter in right now.. Is that basically the same thing just not as good as the Amsoil??


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What's the impact in the summer?
 

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I know it is not as good but I have Water Wetter in right now.. Is that basically the same thing just not as good as the Amsoil??


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Not quite. Water wetter functions well in the top temperature end Omg the spectrum. It will not do much of anything in the bottom end. It is designed for racing applications, where as the Dominator coolant boost is designed for all applications. See the chart above.

What's the impact in the summer?
That's actually something that I'm very anxious to test. It will dissipate heat a lot faster through the radiator, but that would not do much but reduce the amount of time the thermostat stays open. However, pulling more heat from the cylinder head and turbo can do a lot for reducing knock.
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So it sounds like this may also improve engine performance in the summer, possibly allowing a lower octane to still use the high octane maps.
 

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Just ordered some so hopefully it works! My drive to work is only about 10 minutes and my car the last few days doesnt even get past the 1/4 mark on the gauge(halfway warmed up). So my heated seats are what keep me warm lol
 

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I'd be absolutely super hesitant to mix ANYTHING into dexcool............other than more dexcool.
I will be switching at 50k miles in favor of Amsoil's low-toxicity antifreeze. I advise everyone else do the same.

I am quite aware of the issues Dexcool had in the past with plastic framed intake manifold gaskets and sludging. I spent several years on W-Body.com and gmforum.com. There are a lot of wives tales regarding what caused the issues, and I can confidently tell you that after over 200k miles of experience with it, 90% of those issues are directly related to exceeding the service life of the coolant, using non-distilled water when diluting it, and air getting into the cooling system and oxidizing the fluid. All of those can be prevented with regular scheduled flushes and testing.

I called Amsoil yesterday to confirm that this product is compatible with GM's Dexcool antifreeze before creating this thread. Amsoil maintains a warranty against any damage caused by any product of theirs.

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i just traded my ls with the 1.8 in for a eco. does the 1.4 heat up any faster with the turbo? cause the 1.8 was retarded in the cold. but will be ordering me some of this
 

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My ECO MT heats up, but it takes about 10 minutes. I also don't exceed 2,000 RPM until it's warmed up.
 

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...I can confidently tell you that after over 200k miles of experience with it, 90% of those issues are directly related to exceeding the service life of the coolant, using non-distilled water when diluting it, and air getting into the cooling system and oxidizing the fluid.
Agreed. I tore my Vette engine down after 9 years and 110,000 miles of service on the original Dexcool and the coolant passages in that engine were SPOTLESS.
 

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i just traded my ls with the 1.8 in for a eco. does the 1.4 heat up any faster with the turbo? cause the 1.8 was retarded in the cold. but will be ordering me some of this
The 1.4T is slower to heat up than the 1.8. Definitely order some of this.

This could be true if the knock was caused by a hotspot in the combustion chamber, but I doubt that's the case.
There's just something about a cooler combustion chamber that leads me to believe knock could be reduced a bit. That, and pulling more heat off the turbo.

My ECO MT heats up, but it takes about 10 minutes. I also don't exceed 2,000 RPM until it's warmed up.
10 minutes is not bad. It was taking me 15 minutes on some days.

Agreed. I tore my Vette engine down after 9 years and 110,000 miles of service on the original Dexcool and the coolant passages in that engine were SPOTLESS.
When maintained, Dexcool isn't all that bad. It serves its purpose for longevity where green coolant would pit aluminum heads. I'm looking forward to switching over to Amsoil's low-toxicity fluid.

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