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AMSOIL Low-Toxicity Antifreeze
Since many of us will be coming up on the drain interval for the DEX-COOL antifreeze in our engines, I wanted to make you guys aware of an alternative to GM's DEX-COOL fluid. GM recommends changing the antifreeze in the Cruze at 5 years/150k miles, whichever comes first. Click on the below link for product information:

LINK: AMSOIL Antifreeze




Benefits
This antifreeze has a few benefits over the GM DEX-COOL antifreeze:
- Very Low Toxicity and biodegradable. If spilled, it will not create a toxic hazard for animals and children.
- 7 year/250,000 mile service life and AMSOIL warranty
- Exceeds corrosion standards for DEX-COOL
- Compatible with 1.8L, 1.4L Turbo, and 2.0L Turbo Diesel engines in the Chevrolet Cruze


Required Quantity
Cruze 1.8L: 6.9 quarts (diluted 50/50)
Cruze 1.4L Turbo: 5.8 quarts (diluted 50/50)
Cruze 2.0L Turbo Diesel: 9.5 quarts (diluted 50/50)


Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is this compatible with DEX-COOL antifreeze?
A: Yes. This antifreeze is compatible with and exceeds the specifications of the GM DEXCOOL antifreeze that is found in GM vehicles.

Q: Is this compatible with aluminum cylinder heads/engine blocks?
A: Yes. This is compatible with aluminum cylinder heads and engine blocks, and exceeds all standards for corrosion protection.

Q: Will this void my warranty?
A: No, this will not void your warranty regardless of what your dealer tells you. Your vehicle is protected by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act in the USA. Furthermore, AMSOIL protects your vehicle from any fluid-related damage for the duration of the service interval specified by them. If this fluid is found to be defective within the 7 year/250,000 mile service interval, AMSOIL will replace the fluid and repair or replace any damaged components at their expense.

Q: How do I change the antifreeze?
A: I recommend taking your vehicle to a service facility that is equipped to perform a complete cooling system flush and having them do it. Be sure to dilute the antifreeze 50/50 with distilled water first.
 

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Cruze 1.4L Turbo: 5.8 quarts (diluted 5/50)

Was that a Typo?

Also, what about the smell? Different than what DEX-COOL smells like? And since its not toxic, it won't be as harmful to all of us with the coolant smell problem in our cars?
 

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Cruze 1.4L Turbo: 5.8 quarts (diluted 5/50)

Was that a Typo?

Also, what about the smell? Different than what DEX-COOL smells like? And since its not toxic, it won't be as harmful to all of us with the coolant smell problem in our cars?
It was a typo. I meant to say 50/50. You can go anywhere from 50/50 to 70/30 (antifreeze/water), but do not go over 70% antifreeze. You need the water there to allow it to be effective.

I'm not too sure about the smell, but I do know it's different from DEX-COOL. I will be changing my fluid at 50k miles, which is another 15k miles from where I am now. It won't be anywhere near as harmful as the DEX-COOL fumes that some of us have been getting in our cars. Ethelyne glycol (DEX-COOL) antifreeze is highly toxic. Porpylene glycol antifreeze (AMSOIL) is used in areas such as water pipes in homes and food processing machinery (where accidental contamination may occur), and the FDA even allows it to be added into processed foods like ice cream and baked goods. I'd say it's nearly non-toxic. Propylene glycol is also easy to monitor for when it needs to be replaced, as it will begin to turn a reddish color.

While I personally believe that any antifreeze smell should be resolved, I do understand that some people have not had any luck getting their dealerships to resolve the issue. In lieu of the frustration of trying to get the dealer to perform a service they are not equipped to, this antifreeze can be flushed into the Cruze to eliminate the toxicity and harmful side-effects of the DEX-COOL antifreeze. Should any leaks occur in the future, the antifreeze will be biodegradable and non-toxic so you won't have to worry about that.
 

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For those of us with a slow anti-freeze drop can we use the AMSoil to refill our coolant levels or do we need to flush & refill?
 

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2 questions...

*This comes in full strength only?

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*Are you also mixing it with the stuff from the other thread to give us heat sooner in the winter time?
 

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For those of us with a slow anti-freeze drop can we use the AMSoil to refill our coolant levels or do we need to flush & refill?
You can use it to top off as the two glycol types are compatible with each other. However, I would recommend this only if you plan on flushing the system at the time of the repair.

2 questions...

*This comes in full strength only?

and

*Are you also mixing it with the stuff from the other thread to give us heat sooner in the winter time?
This comes only as a full strength bottle. Just grab a gallon of distilled water from a grocery store.

I will indeed be mixing this with the coolant boost as that has surfactants that improve heat transfer. I have to admit it has been quite nice getting heat in my car more quickly on cold mornings.
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