GMC Terrain: Cooling System / 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. The engine could catch fire and you or others could be burned.

Use a 50/50 mixture of clean, drinkable water and DEX-COOL coolant. If using this mixture, nothing else needs to be added. This mixture:

  • Gives freezing protection down to −37 °C (−34 °F), outside temperature.
  • Gives boiling protection up to 129 °C (265 °F), engine temperature.
  • Protects against rust and corrosion.
  • Will not damage aluminum parts.
  • Helps keep the proper engine temperature.

Caution

Do not use anything other than a mix of DEX-COOL coolant that meets GM Standard GMW3420 and clean, drinkable water. Anything else can cause damage to the engine cooling system and the vehicle, which would not be covered by the vehicle warranty.

Never dispose of engine coolant by putting it in the trash, pouring it on the ground, or pouring into sewers, streams, or bodies of water. Have the coolant changed by an authorized service center, familiar with legal requirements regarding used coolant disposal. This will help protect the environment and your health.

    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...

    Checking Coolant

    The vehicle must be on a level surface when checking the coolant level. Check to see if coolant is visible in the coolant surge tank. If the coolant inside the coolant surge tank is boiling, do not do anything else until it cools down...

    Other information:

    GMC Terrain 2018-2024 Owners Manual: Engine Air Cleaner/Filter


    The engine air cleaner/filter is in the engine compartment on the passenger side of the vehicle. See Engine Compartment Overview. When to Inspect the Engine Air Cleaner/Filter For intervals on changing and inspecting the engine air cleaner/filter, see Maintenance Schedule...

    GMC Terrain 2018-2024 Owners Manual: Service Emission System


    If a problem occurs with the vehicle emission system, the DIC message SERVICE EMISSION SYSTEM - SEE OWNERS MANUAL NOW – 282 KM (175 MI) UNTIL 104 KM/H (65 MPH) MAX SPEED displays. The displayed mileage will decrease as driving continues. In some cases this message will clear itself, indicating that the emission system was able to correct the condition...

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      Engine Overheating

      The vehicle has an engine coolant temperature gauge on the instrument cluster and overheat messages in the Driver Information Center (DIC) to warn of engine overheating. See Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge.

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