Kohler generator - coolant low?

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  1. KeithD

    KeithD New Member

    149
    Jul 16, 2007
    Lindenhurst, NY
    310 Sundancer 2000
    350 Mag Bravo III (2)
    Hi,
    I had a new Kohler Generator installed in my boat last season (don't know model off the top of my head). The low coolant code came up yesterday; I would add coolant, but the fluid showing in the outside reservoir is yellow; the coolant my service center sells is pink.
    Can I mix the two? Are they the same, or do I need to find yellow coolant?
    Thanks in advance,
    Keith
     
  2. skolbe

    skolbe Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    320 Sundancer, Mercury 310 Sport Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    It's suppose to be pink. It's the dexcool stuff. Do not mix different types.

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  3. Bottom Line

    Bottom Line Active Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Table Rock Lake(Branson MO)
    2003 360 Sundancer
    2002 Sea Doo GTI
    Twin Mercruiser 8.1L
    Westerbeke Generator
    My Kohler has the green stuff. I recently saw a jug of Prestone, that said it could be mixed with any other coolant.
     
  4. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    My 5E has Dexcool - looks orange...
     
  5. skolbe

    skolbe Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    320 Sundancer, Mercury 310 Sport Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    I get mixed messages on mixing coolants. But, the manual for my Kohler says to only use Dexcool. So, I figured - I would stay with that. Things could change from year to year.
     
  6. Bottom Line

    Bottom Line Active Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Table Rock Lake(Branson MO)
    2003 360 Sundancer
    2002 Sea Doo GTI
    Twin Mercruiser 8.1L
    Westerbeke Generator

    I agree...not a fan of mixing difference colors. Kohler must change from year to year. Mine genset is a little older than yours. There was another thread about genset coolant, and there was several posts about Dexcool. It caused me to wonder is mine had the wrong coolant. I could not find anything in owners manual that mentioned Dexcool....so I guess my coolant is ok.
     
  7. tobnpr

    tobnpr New Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    New Port Richey, Florida
    1988 300 DA
    tw 350's w/ Alphas
    Do the smart thing and check the manual for your year, your model generator...
     
  8. skolbe

    skolbe Active Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    320 Sundancer, Mercury 310 Sport Inflatable Tohatsu 6HP
    350 Mag V-Drive - Kohler 5ecd
    Mine actually has a sticker on top of the generator that says use Dexcool. The manual was less clear.
     

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