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coolant-water mixture?

Discussion in 'General Explorations!!' started by jasonb, October 1, 2002.

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    1. jasonb

      jasonb Jackstand Wheeler Moderator Emeritus

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      ok.. this may be a dumb question.. but here goes..

      a buddy of mine has had to dump water in his radiator.. maybe a half gallon he says. anyway.. is there a way to test to see what mixture is in there now? he wants to get the mixture back to 50/50 without doing a flush. i know its probably not enough to mess anything up but i'm curious as well now. like maybe a density tester or something? maybe someone has a trick to figure this out?
      speaking of not wanting to do the flush.. this would come in handy when doing a flush i would think b/c there is always a little water somewhere in the system hiding i assume.

      anyway, just curious. not a major important question. thanks in advance!
       
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      You can pick up an antifreeze tester for about $5-$10 at any automotive store. It tests the specific gravity of the mixture telling you if you need more antifreeze or more water.
       
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      oh well that's cool. i knew there had to be some gadget for that. thanks robert (again).
       
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      BTW, I wouldn't worry too much about having more than 50% water in there. It doesn't get that cold here in the south, and more water will actually help it run a little cooler in the summer. Even at 30% anti-freeze, 70% water, there's enough anti-freeze to do it's thing.
       

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