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Old 05-05-2011, 05:50 AM   #1
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Do you people use distilled water or regular tap water for 50/50 antifreeze coolant/water
mixture to put into car radiator ?

Does it make any difference what you use ?

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I have always used just plain tap water. If your tap water is really hard water,
spring/filtered is not a bad idea.

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Old 05-05-2011, 07:03 AM   #3
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hi, i also used tap water when i lived in the city. but now i have well water which is very hard and after seeing what it does to my my pluming fixstures i use distilled water now. good luck, tom.
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Well water is a NO-NO!! I have a waterpump from a '99 Taurus that has no impeller fins due to corrosion caused by using well water. The owner kept driving with an overheated condition.......engine is toast and car will be sold for scrap. I hope it's soon....they left it in front of my house!!
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Use distilled water. It's cheap, and no minerals or other impurities in it.
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Where do you buy distilled water ?

Many stores sell water other then distilled like spring bottled water..

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Use distilled water. It's cheap, and no minerals or other impurities in it.
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I would say most grocery stores will sell it, if you can't find it, spring water would be the next best thing.

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I thought that 50/50 antifreeze was 50% water to startwith and you put it in without adding water. Am I wrong on this?

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No, there is pre mix 50-50, add as is, no water needed. I think most people buy the
straight 100% and mix with water.

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You can buy pre-mixed anti-freeze, and most of it will have 50/50 somewhere on the label. And, you can buy straight anti-freeze, that isn't pre-mixed. When you buy the 50/50 pre-mixed stuff, you have to buy twice as much as the straight unmixed stuff.
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You can buy pre-mixed anti-freeze, and most of it will have 50/50 somewhere on the label. And, you can buy straight anti-freeze, that isn't pre-mixed. When you buy the 50/50 pre-mixed stuff, you have to buy twice as much as the straight unmixed stuff.
Makes a lot of sense to me

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