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From the Lotus Service Notes:


Engine Coolant Additive
Only approved product: Havoline XLC
Type Ethylene glycol antifreeze with OAT corrosion inhibitors
Colour Orange
Concentration 50%
Quantity reqd. @ 50% 6 litres
Coolant change interval 4 years
 

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Anyone ever use Evan's Racing Coolant on any of their cars before? I used it on my RX-7 and it was like night & day.
 

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a friend used it in his diesel powered BMW motorcycle.
he liked it. BUT the safest, probably, is to look at what Toyota or Lotus suggests.
i'm guessing any of the orange coolants are o.k.
i think we get a bit anal about things like this.
 

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gameson said:
but that one is very hard to find, so looking for alternative...
Here's what our local dealer uses. According to the guys in the parts department, it's what Lotus spec'd and even they had to special order the stuff.

Yes, it says Dex-Cool on the front.
 

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ZAMMY1 said:
i'm guessing any of the orange coolants are o.k.
i think we get a bit anal about things like this.
Do NOT use Dexcool in a car not designed for Dexcool, its very corrosive and if there are any lead solder joints in the system the Dexcool will errode them fairly quickly.

With that said there are some good universal G05's out there that are supposed to be good for most all vehicles, they are usually yellow - go figure.
 

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codymac said:
Here's what our local dealer uses. According to the guys in the parts department, it's what Lotus spec'd and even they had to special order the stuff.

Yes, it says Dex-Cool on the front.
It shouldn't be hard to find at all. Wal-Mart carries the stuff, as well as the chain auto part stores... :shrug:
 

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TimMullen said:
It shouldn't be hard to find at all. Wal-Mart carries the stuff, as well as the chain auto part stores... :shrug:
Yeah, but I doubt those guys are running to Wal-Mart to buy onesies and twosies.
:shrug:
 

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TimMullen said:
It shouldn't be hard to find at all. Wal-Mart carries the stuff, as well as the chain auto part stores... :shrug:
Walmart...AutoZone...Parts Plus...Advance....none of them carry the Havoline in my area.

We have no Texacos here as well....

Any other suggestions on either a source or a replacement?

Edit...any my Lotus dealer is 4-5 hours away
 

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Tony,

Call 1 866-688-8890 select option 1 and ask them where your closet retailer is. That's the Chevron Business Center. They should be able to help you.
 

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We still dont seem to have a real answer. What do you use if you cant find Havoline?
 

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tvacc said:
We still dont seem to have a real answer. What do you use if you cant find Havoline?
Type= Ethylene glycol
OAT = corrosion inhibitor
Havolline XLC
Colour= orange

Ask for it @ your parts store, or try Pep Boys.
Cheers Don.
 

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From the owner's manual (blue itlaics by me):


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Anti-Freeze/Corrosion Inhibitor

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It is most important that the correct coolant specification is
used in order to inhibit boiling and protect the engine and heat
exchangers from both frost damage, and metal corrosion. The
Elise is factory filled with a 50% concentration of Havoline XLC
Extended Life Coolant, which contains Organic Acid Technology
(OAT) based corrosion inhibitors to provide long coolant change
intervals combined with freedom from environmentally damaging
phosphates, silicates and nitrites.

NOTICE: No other type of coolant should be mixed with this
OAT coolant.

Havoline XLC may be identified by its orange colouration, and
by a label around the header tank filler neck. The 50% concentration
provides freezing protection down to -40°F (-40°C), and
is recommended to be maintained throughout the life of the car.

Stronger concentrations should not be used.

In an emergency, if an OAT coolant is not available, the
cooling system should be topped up using water only, but the
reduction in freezing protection should be recognised, and the
concentration corrected promptly. In areas where the tap water
is extremely hard (exceeding 250 parts per million), distilled,
de-ionised or filtered rain water should be used for the water
content of the coolant mix.

The effective level of ethylene glycol (anti-freeze) in the system
may be measured by your dealer using a hydrometer, but in
order to ensure that the required level of corrosion protection is
maintained, the coolant should be renewed every 4 years.
For coolant capacity, refer to ‘Recommended Lubricants‘
and ‘Technical Data’.

NOTICE: Using an incorrect coolant mixture may result in expensive
damage to your engine and/or other car parts caused by
overheating, freezing or corrosion effects. This damage would
not be covered by your new car warranty.
I would imagine that any quality OAT coolant could be used. I don't know that the Toyota "Red Stuff" is the same however...
 

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tvacc said:
We still dont seem to have a real answer. What do you use if you cant find Havoline?
Well it looks to me like Prestone DexCool meets all of the requirements, and frankly I'd be surprised if it wasn't the same stuff just relabeled!
 
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