2012 Toyota Prius Coolant

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2012 Toyota Prius Coolant

Coolant, as it relates to vehicles, is frequently a liquid or gas substance used to regulate the temperature of your engine. Liquid coolants are ordinarily half water and half ethylene glycol. Water is used to transfer heat while ethylene glycol is used to lower the freezing point of the liquid. In colder climates, this is remarkably important. This undoubtedly isn't the first time you've heard of ethylene glycol as it is the primary ingredient in the popular term "antifreeze". Keep in mind, you never want to pour antifreeze or water by themselves into your engine system. They need to be mixed to design the proper coolant.

You can purchase ready-made mixtures of coolant that already have water added, or you can purchase full-strength antifreeze which needs to be diluted with distilled water before being added to the engine system. Give the experts at Larry H. Miller Toyota Corona a call at 9513360634 or schedule service online and let one of our technicians and service advisors handle your coolant flush.

Every vehicle manufacturer, including Toyota has developed its own coolant or requires a specific coolant that is unique to individual years and models. There are many colors of coolants to help distinguish each including green, blue, red, yellow, purple and orange. It is critical to do your research if you plan to buy, flush, or replace the coolant in your car. Many models will not be compatible even with "universal" coolants or antifreeze.

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How do I know if I need a coolant flush in my 2012 Toyota Prius?

Common symptoms that your 2012 Toyota Prius needs a coolant flush are:

  • Sometimes, albeit unlikely, you'll be able to smell an odd burning odor coming from under the hood.
  • Unexpected grinding noises can come from the engine
  • Your check engine light may turn on
  • Steam will come from the radiator or hood
  • Your heater may stop working
  • Sediment or rust will be visible in the coolant
  • Coolant will ordinarily leak out when the engine is running. Check the ground when you park.
  • Your temperature gauge will read far above normal with the engine on for a few minutes.

What color coolant does 2012 Toyota Prius use?

It's crucial to understand that color doesn't matter. While most Organic Acid Technology (OAT) coolants are usually orange, yellow, red or purple, Hybrid Organic Acid Technology (HOAT) coolants are orange and yellow. So evidently, there's quite a bit of overlap. Then you have Inorganic Acid Technology (IAT) coolants that are usually green, nevertheless, some manufacturers sell them in blue. At the end of the day, repeatedly be sure to read the bottle to confirm the type of coolant you're using. When looking for the correct coolant for your 2012 Toyota Prius, you need to repeatedly check your owner's manual. The easiest way to confirm you are using the right coolant is to send your 2012 Toyota Prius to Larry H. Miller Toyota Corona or give us a call at 9513360634. Schedule service online and use one of our many coolant flush coupons to save today.

How much coolant does a 2012 Toyota Prius take or need?

Every make and model requires a distinct level of coolant. To see the precise amount needed you should constantly check your 2012 Toyota Prius owner's manual. Give us a call or bring your vehicle to Larry H. Miller Toyota Corona and we'll answer any questions you have on coolant levels.

WARNING - To avoid burns, make sure your car engine is cool before checking your coolant level.

How often should you change coolant in a 2012 Toyota Prius?

Normally, you should have your 2012 Toyota Prius coolant flush finished each 30,000 miles or each two years. There are certain instances where your vehicle can go without a flush for a longer period of time. When you bring your vehicle into Larry H. Miller Toyota Corona, we will check your fluid levels and examine it for debris or sediment which can harm the engine, and make sure it's diluted properly. It's vital to have this checked each 15,000 miles to make sure you catch any issues before they cause dramatic damage. When it comes to your 2012 Toyota Prius engine, it's better safe than sorry.

2012 Toyota Prius Coolant Flush

A coolant flush or cooling system service consists of three prime services.

  • Adding a cleaner compound to get rid of sediment, particles, corrosion,and rust
  • Flushing the entire system thoroughly
  • Replenishing the system with the appropriate coolant and cautiously measuring the dilution percentage

What happens if my 2012 Toyota Prius runs out of coolant?

Your 2012 Toyota Prius doesn't have to run out of coolant for troubles to start. Dilution levels need to be within a specific percentage range or your 2012 Toyota Prius engine parts can start to rust, break, or become irreplaceably damaged. If you run out of coolant completely due to a leak or poor fluid levels, your complete engine system can be compromised from the gaskets to the pistons or even the engine block itself.

How long does 2012 Toyota Prius coolant last?

How regularly you need to flush and replenish your vehicle's coolant relies on the type of coolant. There are many types of coolants. Up until the mid-1990s there was relatively only a single type of coolant. It was a green formula coolant that contained corrosion inhibitors that only lasted between 24,000 - 36,000 miles or between two to three years. This type of coolant is not recommended for newer vehicles which come equipped with a longer-lasting coolant.

Newer coolants use an Organic Acid Technology (OAT) and last up to twice as long as older coolant. In some cases these long-life coolants can last over 5 years or 100,000 miles.

For specific facts on what intervals your coolant needs to be changed, check your 2012 Toyota Prius maintenance schedule within your owner's manual or give Larry H. Miller Toyota Corona a call at 9513360634 today and ask one of our OEM-trained mechanics or advisers. You can still book an appointment online and we'll take care of your coolant service for you.

What kind of coolant does 2012 Toyota Prius use?

There are many types and colors of coolant from inorganic to organic to hybrid. To make things even more complex, the color of the coolant doesn't invariably mean the same thing. It's vital to reference your 2012 Toyota Prius owner's manual for the specific type of coolant necessary and the specific intervals in which you should have a coolant flush service concluded. Or you can call one of our Toyota Prius factory certified service technicians for any information you need. We can still schedule you an appointment to make sure the correct coolant is used. Give Larry H. Miller Toyota Corona a call today!

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