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Dexcool is considered a organic compound, as regular antifreeze is considered a glycol compound. They are not compatible with each other, although there are what is called universal antifreeze's available that supposedly can be mixed in either.

Also as a side note, there are no official colors of antifreeze. A manufacturers antifreeze can be any color he chooses. It is up to the person to determine what antifreeze is suitable for a car or truck.

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Q: Difference between dexcool and regular antifreeze?
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