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Standard Specification for Glycol Base Engine Coolant for Automobile and Light-Duty Service

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Standard Specification for Glycol Base Engine Coolant for Automobile and Light-Duty Service


1.1 This specification covers the requirements for ethylene glycol or propylene glycol base engine coolants used in automobiles or other light duty service cooling systems. When concentrates are used at 40 to 70 % concentration by volume in water, or when prediluted glycol base engine coolants (50 volume % minimum) are used without further dilution, they will function effectively to provide protection against freezing, boiling, and corrosion.

1.2 The coolants governed by this specification are categorized as follows:

Coolant TypeDescription
I Ethylene glycol base concentrate
II Propylene glycol base concentrate
III Ethylene glycol predilute (50 vol %)
IV Propylene glycol predilute (50 vol %)

Note 1--This specification is based on the knowledge of the performance of engine coolants prepared from new or virgin ingredients. Separate specifications exist for engine coolants prepared from recycled or reprocessed used coolant or reprocessed industrial-source glycols.

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parentheses are for information only.

1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

Note 2--This specification applies to automobiles and light duty service. Specifications D4985, D6210, and D6211 exist for heavy duty engine service.


engine coolant; engine coolant concentrate; ethylene glycol; light duty engine coolant; prediluted engine coolant; propylene glycol; ICS Number Code 71.100.45 (Refrigerants and antifreezes)

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15.05 (Engine Coolants; Halogenated Organic Solvents and Fire Extinguishing Agents; Industrial and Specialty Chemicals)

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71.100.45 (Refrigerants and antifreezes)

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Sept. 10, 2000

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