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Coolant pH - Coolant Flush at 40K Miles?

EXEA189

Ready to race!
Location
Rocky Mountains
I had my 40K service done and the shop told me that while my coolant tested to -35ºF the pH was at 7. The shop guy advised a coolant flush saying that the coolant starts out as alkaline and shouldn't go acidic and since my coolant has gone from alkaline to neutral, I should change coolant before it goes acidic. Now, I've read that coolant pH should be in the range of 8.3 to 10.5 -- that 6.0 to 7.5 is too low and above 11 is too high. I haven't found anything about VW's G13 coolant. I called another independent VW/Audi shop, referred to me by a trusted friend, and that guy told me not to worry and change the coolant if I need work done (i.e. water pump) or when I get to 80K miles. Does any of this make sense? Who do I believe?
 

Gray_Panther

Go Kart Newbie
Location
NY
Car(s)
GTi
Believe your friend. You change the coolant out between 60-80k to stay on top of things.
Besides how do you know the dealer just wont empty out the reservoir and refill with new coolant?

When VW did a free “brake fluid flush” on my wife’s lease, their definition was emptying the tank and refilling with fresh fluid. Normally they charge $50 for that job.
 
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