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Old 02-23-2007, 11:53 PM   #1
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I'm replacing my water pump in the a.m. 96sl2 185k. I plan on a simple flush with distiled water before removing pump. Do I need a sealant like ginger root or is vigilance enough?
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Huh? Ginger root?
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Saturn used it to seal some porosity in the lost foam casting process to prevent coolant leaks. They sell tablets which are added to the cooling system. I'm not sure how many people actually use them on older cars.
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Can it really hurt? I got my coolant changed at 100K at saturn, they put one in mine. I say do it. It can't hurt and I'm pretty sure vigilance won't seal microscopic leaks.
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Ginger root is a primary ingredient in some radiator stop-leak products.

They're often used to prevent small leaks that would occur otherwise.
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Saturn used it to seal some porosity in the lost foam casting process to prevent coolant leaks. They sell tablets which are added to the cooling system. I'm not sure how many people actually use them on older cars.
Me, me! When I changed my plugs the first time I thought I had oil on the plugs. Found out it was antifreeze, especially on #1. The dealership dropped one of those ginger root tablets in my reservoir , and I was sent on my way. I also installed one when flushing my system. But, I still get a little leaking through the head. If you do use one, put it in before topping off the reservoir. Otherwise, it will leave deposits by the cap and neck when it dissolves.
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