What type of coolant for Audi A3

The table shows – the type and color of the required antifreeze to fill in the Audi A3 8v, produced from 2012 to 2015.

YearEngineType ColorLifetimeRecommended
2012g/dG12red5 yearsHavoline, AWM, G-Energy, Freecor
2013g/dG12red5 yearsFrostschutzmittel A, VAG, FEBI, Zerex G
2014g/dG12+red4-5 yearsFreecor QR, Freecor DSC, Glysantin G 40, FEBI
2015g/dG12+red4-5 yearsFEBI, VAG, Castrol Radicool Si OAT

For a proper purchase, you only need to know the Type and Color (shade) of antifreeze allowed for your specific body year. The same Antifreeze Type can be available in different colors, the table shows such cases.
In the case of a complete fluid change, it is sufficient to know only the type of antifreeze that is suitable. If you need to refill, it is important to know also the Color of the already filled fluid. The manufacturer chooses at your discretion. Do not forget – each type of fluid has its own service life.

how to find out the type of antifreeze

For example: For 2012 Audi A3 (8v), with gasoline or diesel engine type, will fit – Carboxylate grade antifreeze, type G12 with shades of red. Approximate time of the next replacement will be – 5 years.

If possible, check the fluid selected against the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications and service intervals.

The possible colors of each fluid type are listed below.
There are cases where the color has different shades. For example, red may be pink or light orange.

Mixing liquids of different manufacturers is possible, as long as their types correspond to the mixing conditions.

  • G11 can be mixed with counterparts of G11
  • G11 must not be mixed with G12
  • G11 can be mixed G12+
  • G11 can be mixed G12+
  • G11 can be mixed G13
  • G12 can be mixed with counterparts G12
  • G12 must not be mixed with G11
  • G12 can be mixed with G12+
  • G12 must not be mixed with G12++.
  • G12 must not be mixed with G13
  • G12+, G12++ and G13 can be mixed together.
  • Do not mix Antifreeze with Tosol. Under no conditions!

It is advisable but not obligatory to take the color into account when mixing.
Tosol and Antifreeze are very different qualities. Tosol is the trade name for the traditional type (TL) coolant of the old type.
At the end of its useful life, the fluid will become completely discolored or severely dull. Before replacing one type of fluid with another, flush the vehicle’s radiator with plain water.

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