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Skidoo Coolant #7095937
12/18/20 08:54 PM
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Chicken, Alaska
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Got a question for you guys in the Interior using the ACE machines.

I bought a new Skandic WT 600 ACE. Coolant level is a little low so I asked dealer ( Interior dealer) what this coolant
is? They say it's the Skidoo premix that goes in all the ACE machines and they would send me some.

Okay ... so I ask what is this stuff rated for, they say -35F. I'm thinking holy cow, it gets way colder than -35 in a typical interior winter!
I can't believe dealer(s) in Interior Alaska lets machines under warranty go out with only -35 coolant !
Dealer says all sleds go out with that pre-mix and never has been a problem.

So .... you guys with ACE machines. Are you still using the what came in the machine ? If you changed/added what did you use ?
This stuff is orange color, I'm use to the green ethylene glycol. When I search I can't find any ski-doo coolant that is concentrated,
it's all this pre-mixed. Maybe this stuff is some kind of wonder coolant?!

Re: Skidoo Coolant [Re: Chickenminer] #7096104
12/18/20 10:49 PM
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Both my 2016 and 2020 600 ace has that orange color. I havenít changed it from with what it came with. They are both in the garage usually but have spent nights at the cabin at -40 to -45 and started fine without being plugged in.

Re: Skidoo Coolant [Re: Chickenminer] #7096262
12/19/20 04:36 AM
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I'm sure the manufacturers rating leaves a large safety margin. You could check it yourself with a float tester.


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Re: Skidoo Coolant [Re: Chickenminer] #7096407
12/19/20 09:34 AM
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Let me know how that machine works out for you. I had one a few years ago and liked it other than the fact it was hard to work on, but I didnt have it long. I know a few guys here with them and it seems like they are constantly having electrical issues. My son went caribou hunting with a couple of guys running them this fall. In a 5-day hunt he ended up pulling both of those skandics back to the truck. They both had electrical issues. Im still running the Bearcat version of the new VK540. I like it in many ways, but it drives like a tank...very hard to handle in deep snow so Im thinking about something else, just not sure what.


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Re: Skidoo Coolant [Re: Chickenminer] #7096882
12/19/20 04:29 PM
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Thanks Hankit ... That makes me feel a little more at ease.

KenaiKid... I'll take the dealers word on the coolant rating.

Yukon... I hear you! This thing is NOT engineered for ease of working on! Sweet to run and the fuel economy is incredible.
We'll see how soon the glitches show up!

Re: Skidoo Coolant [Re: Chickenminer] #7101158
12/22/20 08:27 PM
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I have a renegade 600 ace and expedition 600 ace. Put over 30,000 miles on the renegade. We don't have an extreme cold weather like we use to growing up. My renegade did have a hard time starting in 40 below weather. I would need to warm it up with a hair dryer to make it start right away. I have only had the expedition since last spring. Just a few thousand miles on it so far. It was been great, probably would have only a few cold spells this year since the weather forecast called for a mild winter. Will need to try out the expedition sometimes when it gets 40 below. I have only used the orange coolant to replace in my renegade. I haven't had any need to add or replace for three years after getting it.

Re: Skidoo Coolant [Re: Chickenminer] #7101207
12/22/20 09:00 PM
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My first thought was that it was -35 Celsius since Skidoo is made in Canada. . . then I did the conversion and that only equals -31F! So that isn't any better. I run regular green antifreeze in my Bearcat, but my Toyota and Dodge both have orange in them, and mixed to be good to -60, I don't know why Skidoo wouldn't be able to run regular antifreeze if you are worried about it. -25 is the coldest I've seen on a thermometer around here, although it might have been a few degrees colder in the mountains. I just always like as good as I can get. If you spring a leak and need to add water (or coffee which I did to fourwheeler one time as the only liquid I had available) it is always good to have a little leeway.

Re: Skidoo Coolant [Re: Chickenminer] #7101437
12/22/20 10:53 PM
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Earlier 600 ACE used ethylene glycol (green) P/N 219700362. Later 600 ACE (switched around 2015?) came with longlife glycol (orange) P/N 219702685. Either works fine but should not be mixed. Skidoo recommended changing the green stuff every 5 yrs per my 2011 shop manual, I'm not sure what the recommended change interval is for the long life coolant. I buy concentrate glycol (non skidoo 'wonder' brand) and mix 60/40 or 65/35 for much better protection for our temps. (yep ,-60s).

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Re: Skidoo Coolant [Re: Chickenminer] #7101556
12/23/20 12:46 AM
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Wlftrppr ...
Thanks, but 2021 manual that comes with the Skandic says to "use only ethylene glycol " . The orange pre-mix that comes in the machine is ethylene glycol.
I just don't trust their orange pre-mix -35 anit-freeze/coolant to not freeze and bust something once it hits -50.

Re: Skidoo Coolant [Re: Chickenminer] #7101632
12/23/20 04:05 AM
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My mistake Cminer, not propylene (I edited that out of my previous post so as not to confuse anyone). I understand the two different part numbers are not compatible with one another tho. Makes it hard to know what full strength brand/product would be compatible to add, I know. I was stuck out couple nights last season with factory strength orange coolant, overnight temp down to -52f. Nothing broke.

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