GMC Terrain: Cooling System / Engine Coolant

The engine cooling system in the vehicle is filled with DEX-COOL engine coolant mixture. This coolant needs to be checked and changed at appropriate levels. See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants and Maintenance Schedule.

The following explains the cooling system and how to check and add coolant when it is low. If there is a problem with engine overheating, see Engine Overheating.

    Cooling System

    1.5L Gas Engine Engine Cooling Fan (Out of View) Engine Coolant Surge Tank and Pressure Cap 1.6L Diesel Engine Engine Cooling Fan (Out of View) Engine Coolant Surge Tank and Pressure Cap 2...

    What to Use

    Warning Plain water, or other liquids such as alcohol, can boil before the proper coolant mixture will. With plain water or the wrong mixture, the engine could get too hot but there would not be an overheat warning...

    Other information:

    GMC Terrain 2018-2021 Owners Manual: Water in Fuel (Diesel)


    Improper fuel tank inspection or cleaning, or contaminated fuel from suppliers, can cause water to be pumped into the fuel tank along with the diesel fuel. If a WATER IN FUEL - CONTACT SERVICE message displays, the water must be drained immediately...

    GMC Terrain 2018-2021 Owners Manual: Charging System Light


    The charging system light comes on briefly when the ignition is turned on, but the engine is not running, as a check to show the light is working. The light turns off when the engine is started. If it does not, have the vehicle serviced by your dealer...

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