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driving with just tap water in radiator

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by foampile, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. Dec 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM
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    foampile

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    is it OK to drive a few miles (to AutoZone) with just tap water in the radiator? i want to buy a proper large receptacle for flushing the system and don't wanna put the new coolant in before i do. assuming that, of course, the temps outside are above freezing.

    thanks
     
  2. Dec 20, 2011 at 3:49 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    Yes, just make sure you flush out all the water or it can freeze in the water.
     
  3. Dec 20, 2011 at 3:49 PM
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    As long as its not allowed to FREEZE
     
  4. Dec 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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    Fiolo

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    I think it's fine, I used some on mine because my radiator was leaking and it was fine
     
  5. Dec 20, 2011 at 3:51 PM
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    BrettBretterson

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    Yes you'll be fine for a few miles. You don't want to leave it in there permanently obviously, but since you already stated it's for a short distance, you'll be fine.
     
  6. Dec 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM
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    foampile

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    thanks y'all
     
  7. Dec 20, 2011 at 3:53 PM
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    Max-4_Yota

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    Also it will boil if it gets too hot.
     
  8. Dec 20, 2011 at 3:57 PM
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    Warhorseforever

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    I don't think that, that's to big of a worry for short distances even here in SC.
     
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    Just saying
     
  10. Dec 20, 2011 at 4:01 PM
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    Maverick904

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    The cooling system is under pressure. More pressure with the same volume allows for higher temperature of a substance, generally.

    Water is actually a better liquid for cooling. you just have freezing issues. and can have rust issues over time.

    Distilled water is a better option because of the impurities that can be found in tap water however. With as short of a use as you are talking you will be fine.
     
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