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Do i have to use distilled water in my coolant system?
« on: November 17, 2005, 10:35:10 AM »
Hi all :)

Read through alot of coolant threads on this forum and have decided to go and get some glycol based anti-freeze from halfords..while im there should i get some distilled water to mix with the anti-freeze or is normal tap water ok.. :)

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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2005, 10:50:37 AM »
Tap water is fine, distilled water is used in your battery, might be worth getting some water wetter though. Sounds made up so here\' s a link  I have heard good things about this.

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2005, 10:53:14 AM »
Tap water is fine, distilled water is used in your battery, might be worth getting some water wetter though. Sounds made up so here\' s a link  I have heard good things about this.

Al

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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2005, 10:54:36 AM »
I wouldn\'t use tap water in my coolant system, I\'ve got some deionised/distilled water from halfords - \'tis only a couple of quid.

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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2005, 11:26:19 AM »
I\'ve always used tap water and never had any probs, but I have noticed there is a lot of lime in london water (it stains the taps, kettle, etc) so maybe best to go with the halfords distilled stuff?

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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2005, 12:13:38 PM »
as above it aint expensive so why not use the battery top up stuff cant hurt.....although that is a pints worth of beer money sod it :D
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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2005, 12:16:10 PM »
yup, I\'m in London and we always put deioinised in our cars

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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2005, 12:48:11 PM »
The water in Bristol\'s quite hard so I always use DI - a few quid every few years seems a small price to pay to avoid filling the engine / radiator / turbo coolant passages with calcium deposits......

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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2005, 12:50:42 PM »
Living in Scotland its not even an issue, tap water in the car and tap water in the belly!  ;)

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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2005, 01:16:13 PM »
Quote from: Donato
Living in Scotland its not even an issue, tap water in the car and tap water in the belly!  ;)


And we normally bring our own taps when we come down south ;)
Mines Black and dirtier than Donatos. But hey, no-one asked for a good clean fight.

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« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2005, 04:29:37 PM »
Quote from: Donato
Living in Scotland its not even an issue, tap water in the car and tap water in the belly!  ;)


I put it in my belly, just not my car  :eek

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« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2005, 04:39:35 PM »
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I put it in my belly, just not my car  :eek


There is something not quite right there... :chat

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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2005, 07:29:11 AM »
you should always put distilled water in the car. Anything else causes build up and corrosion of the internal engine parts and can ultimately lead to the coolant seal retaining grooves in the end/centre plates to corrode through. This = engine rebuild, plus a new end plate - circa 3k.

Are you willing to take that change for a £3 bottle of water?

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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2005, 05:54:04 PM »
Quote from: Bobfish
you should always put distilled water in the car. Anything else causes build up and corrosion of the internal engine parts and can ultimately lead to the coolant seal retaining grooves in the end/centre plates to corrode through. This = engine rebuild, plus a new end plate - circa 3k.

Are you willing to take that change for a £3 bottle of water?


agree to Bobfish....

please use destilled water! Many people say, destill water is agressive and can make your engine ill due to chemical processes, but heh dude, you mix it with antifreeze, do you? Destilled water will be mixed with antefreeze and chemical reaction will become no issue!

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« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2005, 07:40:36 PM »
Iwan, I thought you\'d been drinking until I saw your location :evillaugh