Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Antifreeze concentration check (Every 10 000 miles (15 000 km) or 12 months)
Routine maintenance and servicing / Antifreeze concentration check (Every 10 000 miles (15 000 km) or 12 months)


Warning: Wait until the engine is cold before checking antifreeze.

Do not allow antifreeze to come in contact with your skin or painted surfaces of the vehicle. Rinse off spills immediately with plenty of water.

Never leave antifreeze lying around in an open container or in a puddle in the driveway or on the garage floor. Children and pets are attracted by its sweet smell.

Antifreeze is fatal if ingested.

1 The concentration of antifreeze in the cooling system should be checked and made good if necessary. Most garages can do this check, or an instrument similar to a battery hydrometer can be purchased for making the check at home.

2 It is essential that an antifreeze mixture is retained in the cooling system at all times to act as a corrosion inhibitor and to protect the engine against freezing in winter months. The mixture should be made up from clean water with a low lime content (preferably rainwater) and a good quality ethylene glycol based antifreeze which contains a corrosion inhibitor and is suitable for use in aluminium engines.

3 The proportion of antifreeze to water must be 50/50 and give protection down to approximately -30ºC.

4 In climates which render frost protection redundant, it is still necessary to use a corrosion inhibitor in the cooling system.

Suitable inhibitors should be available from a local VW agent or other reputable specialist.


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