I used distilled or at least purified if no other choice to keep as many of the hard parts of the water out of the system. the water here is really hard and full of minerals so it can really mess up the cooling system if it isnt watched.
Bruce, Bruce, Bruce...*slowly shaking head similar to the way one does when he finds out his son has been having unprotected sex with the neighbor's daughter*
Just 'cause we're in California, and I happen to live in the Silicone Capital of the World (ahhhh...wait, gotta savor the moment here for a minute ) oh, OK...just cause of THAT, doesn't mean we always drink bottled water! For pete's sake...the water at our house comes in BIG JUGS (wait....gotta stop and savor that moment too )
I have always put water in from the hose, but recently (and on this forum, I believe! ) I have been exposed to the idea (heh, heh, he said "exposed") that it would be better to put distilled water in the system. Soooo...when I recently replaced the radiator in my wife's Suburban, I filled it back up 50/50 with distilled water and Prestone Coolant. It felt kinda cool to do that :lol2:
So, I have an extra 3-gallons or so, that I'll put in my Cougar when I put the new radiator in THAT too!
Which, BTW, is not to say it will get anything but hose water from this point forward :lol:
We get distilled water for free from the petrol station, add 40/60 coolant, now what is "water-wetter". We have fluoride added to our tap water, what sort of effect does that have in radiators.
Otherwise is pretty cheap to go buy a 5 litre bottle [about 1 gallon] of bottled water from the local supermarket, cheaper than a trip to the petrol station, costs about $0.50c.
I'm with you in the junkyard if it DOES make a difference *LOL* The last tiime was the FIRST time I ever mixed the antifreeze with the water first, and that was only 'cause I didn't know how much coolant it would take, so I just wanted to try to stay at 50/50. I try pretty much to stay at 50/50 regardless. But I usually mix the coolant and water with the engine's own special "beater".
Hey Coolcat - I went to high school in Livermore, but the "silicon valley" I was talkin' 'bout is the San Fernando Valley, home of the silicon chest! :lol2: (yeah, yeah, yeah...I know it's saline now, but you get the idea )
"I didn't know how much coolant it would take, so I just wanted to try to stay at 50/50"
You could have just looked it up in the book,. I found out the other day that you get different %'s coolant, I did wonder why some were more expensive than others. Used to moan at the one place cos' the other place was so much cheaper, man, am I red in the face now.
Hmm, did not think about it along those lines Paul, thank you for bringing that to my attention. I will take heed of your sage advice and store it away in the files for future reference.
Something to keep in mind for you distilled water users...
I'm not a chemical engineer, so I can't vouch for the truth in this AT ALL, but when I was selling home water systems I was told that when water is stripped of minerals it will go to its surroundings (block, radiator) to leach the minerals from there. So, it's possible that a vehicle that has only used distilled water to show more corrosion than one using tap water.
Do you think any car dealer or service department is going to pay extra to put fancy water in your car ?? Not likely.
The only place I use distilled water is in my water injection system; plastic bottle, plastic lines but metal orofices into the carb. Want to keep those clean.