VW Coolant Specs

What Type of Coolant Antifreeze Does My VW Use?

Your VW coolant antifreeze expansion tank will usually have the coolant spec marked on the tank. Your owner's manual will also specify the VW coolant antifreeze spec and will usually list a part number.

Here is a helpful picture chart that can assist you in finding out what type of coolant your VW uses:

 

VW Coolant Antifreeze Specs

VW Coolant Antifreeze Specifications

Blauparts stocks OEM APPROVED VW coolant antifreeze. The following RAVENOL concentrated coolants carry OEM Approvals from VAG.

G13 VW Coolant

VW TL 774 J VW Coolant Antifreeze Spec

  • This coolant was used in VW model years 2008-present
  • Compatible with all cooling systems from 1980-percent.
  • Compatible with all G11, G12+, G12++ coolants.
  • OEM Approved Audi VW TL 744-J G13 coolant antifreeze type.
  • This coolant is also used in Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley, Skoda, Seat.
RAVENOL LGC Lobrid Glycerin Coolant is the newest glycerin based eco-friendly 1. 2- Ethanediol (monoethylene glycol) based coolant with 20% glycerin additive for cooling circuits in combustion engines which provides maintenance-free corrosion and frost protection. This product is formulated based on a proven inhibitor development by combining glycerin and silicates with the organic additive technology OAT as an extended life coolant. The quality of an antifreeze is no longer just determined by the antifreeze effect (which automatically exists in an ethylene-glycol-based product), but by the rust protection. That is why automakers subject antifreeze to lengthy corrosion and cavitation tests. RAVENOL LGC Lobrid Glycerin Coolant protects the cooling system from corrosion, frost, and in the summer from overheating.
 

G12++ VW Coolant

VW TL 774 G VW Coolant Antifreeze Spec
 

  • This coolant was used in VW model years 2008-present 
  • OEM Approved Audi VW TL 744-G G12++ coolant antifreeze type.
  • This coolant is also used in Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, MAN.
RAVENOL LTC Lobrid Technology Coolant is a silicate-free OAT an eco-friendly 1.2- Ethanediol (monoethylene glycol) based coolant for cooling systems in combustion engines which provides maintenance-free corrosion and frost protection. This product is formulated based on a proven inhibitor development by combining silicates with the organic additive technology (OAT) as an extended life coolant. The quality of an antifreeze is no longer just determined by the antifreeze effect (which automatically exists in an ethylene-glycol-based product), which is critical for the quality of a coolant, but also the rust protection. That is why automakers subject antifreeze to lengthy corrosion and cavitation tests. RAVENOL LTC Lobrid Technology Coolant protects the cooling system from rust, frost, and in summer, from overheating.

G12+ VW Coolant

VW TL 774 F VW Coolant Antifreeze Spec
 

  • This coolant was used in VW model years 1997 - 2008
  • OEM Approved Audi VW TL 744-F G12+ coolant antifreeze type.
  • All carries OEM Approval for MAN 324 SNF spec.
  • This coolant is also used in Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Volvo, Mitsubishi, Saab, Toyota, GM, Ford.
RAVENOL OTC Organic Technology Coolant is a silicate-free OAT coolant and environmentally friendly silicate, borate, nitrite and phosphate-free and is superior to other glycol-based engine coolants. RAVENOL's OAT package reduces overall acidity within the cooling system, extending the life of cooling system components and related engine components (i.e. water pump, alloy radiators, plastic radiator and end caps, cylinder head manifolds, coolant hoses, cast and alloy engine blocks). The advanced profile package prevents scale build up and deposits in the cooling system thereby improving cooling system circulation. RAVENOL's unique formulation and molecular profile improves cooling system flow for guaranteed heat transition away from vital internal engine components, especially the cylinder head. The undiluted boiling point of RAVENOL's coolant is 370°F / 175° C, significantly reducing the risk of boil over in high temperature climates and high performance RPM engine designs. RAVENOL OTC Coolant Antifreeze also provides maximum frost protection in extreme cold climates (i.e. -37° C 50/50 ratio and up to -52° C 60/40 ratio).

G11 VW Coolant

VW TL 774 C VW Coolant Antifreeze Spec

  • This coolant was used in VW model years 1980-1997
  • OEM Approved Audi VW TL 744-C G11 coolant antifreeze type.
  • All carries OEM Approval for Mercedes-Benz MB 325.0 spec.
  • This coolant is also used in BMW, Porsche, Saab, Land Rover, Jaguar, Ford, GM, Honda.
RAVENOL HTC Hybrid Technology Coolant is an all-season amine and phosphate-free mono-ethylene glycol-based coolant with frost and rust protection for Mercedes, BMW, Opel, Saab, General Motors and VW engines. This product is formulated based on a proven inhibitor development by combining silicates with the organic additive technology OAT as an extended life coolant. The quality of an antifreeze is no longer just determined by the antifreeze effect (which automatically exists in an ethylene-glycol-based product), but by the rust protection. That is why automakers subject antifreeze to lengthy corrosion and cavitation tests. RAVENOL HTC Hybrid Technology Coolant protects the cooling system from rust, frost, and in summer, from overheating. 

Can I Mix Different VW Coolants?

Can you mix VW Coolant Mixing Chart

The newest VW G13 coolant antifreeze specification is backwards compatible with all coolant specs VW used previously. So, this means it can be mixed with the earlier G11, G12, G12 plus, G12 plus plus coolant specs.

However, we do recommend topping off your coolant tank with the same type of coolant that is currently in your VW cooling system. This ensure the purity of your cooling system.

Example: If you have a Volkswagen model that still has the G12+ coolant specification in the cooling system then we recommend that you should still use the G12+ coolant specification to top off the system.

Even though it is miscible to mix these coolant specifications it is possible to experience some unknown corrosive protection loses. As mentioned above thi is why we always recommend filling a low coolant level with the same type of coolant that is currently in your VW cooling system. This ensures the purity of your cooling system and optimal engine protection.

Does The Coolant Color Matter?

Many in the coolant industry have assigned colors to certain specs: G11 blue, G12+ pink, G12++ pink, G13 violet or purple. But as you can see, G12+, G12++, and G13 have slight color spectrum differences. If you’ve purchased a used VW and look in the expansion tank, it may be difficult to know what exact spec your system contains. If in doubt, follow the mixing recommendations in the chart above or flush the system and fill using the correct or preferred coolant spec.

If the coolant in your expansion tank appears discolored green or dark brown, it’s advisable to flush it immediately. This likely means that some other type of coolant was added, and it has compromised the integrity of the cooling system.

Can I upgrade to the latest VW Coolant Specification?

Yes. Most owners who are currently using G12+ or G12++ may wish to upgrade to the latest G13 coolant the next time they thoroughly flush the cooling system (i.e. during timing belt replacement).

Can I Use Generic or Non-Approved VW Coolant?

Use ONLY OEM Approved Audi Volkswagen G11, G12+, G12++, or G13 VW coolant antifreeze. Do NOT use regular store-bought coolant, which typically doesn't correspond with the specifications of an VW cooling system. Inferior coolant has an adverse reaction within an VW cooling system. Poor quality coolant contaminates the system and eats away at metal, rubber, and plastic components.

Factory Approved VW Coolant Antifreeze

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