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Old 06-24-2008, 10:57 PM
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Another personal/emotional response?? Try this yerself, assuming ye flush the radiator cooling system each year as MB recommends. Drive on water instead of coolant and you will notice engine operating temps drop noticably. Advantages of anti-freeze coolant include higher boiling point elasticity, lubrication of internal parts, less chance for rust and scale buildup, etc. Otherwise water works better at keepin operating temps low..... ask any Texan if ye dont believe me.

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Old 06-24-2008, 11:04 PM
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Another personal/emotional response?? Try this yerself, assuming ye flush the radiator cooling system each year as MB recommends. Drive on water instead of coolant and you will notice engine operating temps drop noticably. Advantages of anti-freeze coolant include higher boiling point elasticity, lubrication of internal parts, less chance for rust and scale buildup, etc. Otherwise water works better at keepin operating temps low..... ask any Texan if ye dont believe me.

MiamiCuban, yer new here and welcome to the board. The place is tech based founded on exchange of information. Nobody wants to read emotion based arguments, lets keep it crisp.
Keep what crisp Dawg?

You started off with the comment about the quote being addressed to me. Now, you want to keep it crisp.

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Old 06-24-2008, 11:25 PM
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As the dog was saying, water IS better at transferring heat than a mixture of water and coolant, and can allow lower operating temperatures in a situation where the cooling system is running at or near its capacity to remove heat (ie thermostat already full open). We run that 50% mix of ethylene glycol for two main reasons: 1. It keeps your block from freezing solid and cracking in the winter (probably not an issue in Miami), and it inhibits corrosion a whole lot better than plain water.
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:54 PM
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In addition to lowering the freezing point and inhibiting corrosion, an antifreeze mixture increases the boiling point compared to water. Obviously driving across the country with straight water is a very silly idea, but performing a proper system flush and refilling the system with a correct mixture when you get home is good preventive maintenance.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:13 AM
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Oh well...... guess I'm the only one who thinks the best way to flush cooling system w/ 8-10 hr valvoline additive is cross country, repeatedly flushing the system again and again over course of several days travel at 8-10 hrs or 500+ miles each day.

Most folks rarely flush the radiator/cooling system at all. Shops hate the job because it makes helluva mess. Probly its up there with never changing hydraulic fluid as most neglected maintenance item.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:52 AM
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I will say that water (from what I've seen) has always worked fine in a well sealed system when it's properly filled/running.

I wouldn't do a flush with a car I just bought going across country, only because you find things wrong with a new car only after driving for several hours. You wouldn't want to be stranded in west Texas with an overheated car for whatever reason. Yes, it is an important thing to do, but timing is pretty important too.

Why did I read this thread...oh yeah, I am in northwestern Louisiana, I'll PM you with contact info.
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I am right off I-20 would be cool to finally see you. If the time works out I'll spring for dinner - do you still have my cell #?
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I am right off I-20 would be cool to finally see you. If the time works out I'll spring for dinner - do you still have my cell #?
Gee if two "old farts" are getting together, Coda and I might just have to make a trip down I-55 to meet you. We could make a trio of "old farts" then.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:29 PM
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:29 PM
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Gee if two "old farts" are getting together, Coda and I might just have to make a trip down I-55 to meet you. We could make a trio of "old farts" then.
I can show up to help bring the average age down
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