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Old 07-11-2012, 12:19 PM   #1
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Default Coolant/water ratio too high?

Long story short, I added straight coolant when I thought it was a gifted bottle of 50/50 diluted mixture. Best I can figure, I have 80/20 mixture in car.

As I have just put in a new ECTS, t-stat, water pump and radiator hoses, I sure don't want to have a coolant ratio that will do damage.

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Old 07-11-2012, 12:20 PM   #2
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Default Re: Coolant/water ratio too high?

The highest you should ever really go, ever, is 70/30, and that's for Alaska or Northwestern Ontario in the dead of winter Drain some and dilute that a bit.
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Short of a turkey baster in the reservoir tank, how does one go about pulling out a little coolant?
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:30 PM   #4
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Very carefully open the radiator drain to allow about a quart or so into a bucket.
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There is a small petcock drain on the radiator - passenger side. It's plastic, so becalf when turning.
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Default Re: Coolant/water ratio too high?

I know what you mean...I had some fun with that drain two days ago.

Just for fun, I'm going to ask.

Is there a way to determine the actual mix ratio I've got in there now? Would a hydrometer work? I've got two in my homebrew stuff.
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They sell antifreeze testers at parts store and even Wal-Mart that will tell you that. I haven't ever used one myself other than to suck brake fluid out of my reservoir. Somehow I don't think that was in the instructions.
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Long story short, I added straight coolant when I thought it was a gifted bottle of 50/50 diluted mixture. Best I can figure, I have 80/20 mixture in car.

As I have just put in a new ECTS, t-stat, water pump and radiator hoses, I sure don't want to have a coolant ratio that will do damage.

Thanks.
That will hurt nothing at all. If it is a concern just siphon 1 1/2 quart of mixture out of teh reservoir (it holds almost 2 quarts) and refill with distilled water. Draining from radiator is not a good idea

The magic technique is siphon.
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Is there a way to determine the actual mix ratio I've got in there now? Would a hydrometer work? I've got two in my homebrew stuff.
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In the coolant disaster thread, the magic words are Refractometer, eBay, $25.00
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