Antifreeze and Engine Coolant
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Will water in the coolant make a problem?

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2007-03-11 08:24:03
2007-03-11 08:24:03

No. As long as you don't go longer than 6 months on just water. You should check the water level in your recovery tank and radiator OFTEN. You should also change to a mix of water and anti-freeze as soon as possible. Water will freeze, damage engine components from expansion, and it can evaporate(leaving your engine eventually uncooled). Anti-freeze prevents the water from boiling into steam, which will ultimately empty your cooling system, and it prevents freezing. Water itself can also cause scale buildup on your engine, rust, calcium deposits, chlorine scales, etc.. mixing water with Anti-freeze also prevents those things from happening. It won't hurt to use just water, but anti-freeze should be your long term choice. And try to keep the ratio of anti-freeze and water to 50/50.

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