An alcohol based fluid that is miscible in water and used to remove heat from the engine. Also see [tag:cooling-system] for related components such as the radiator and water-pump.

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Air trapped inside radiator after adding coolant

It has now happened twice to me that after adding coolant to the radiator, when I turn the car on the RPM's will bounce up and down and the engine is reving (between 1k and 1.5k RPM's). Normal idle is ...
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Is there a way to guage when a 2015 Honda Civic reaches its normal coolant operating temperature?

Just bought a 2015 Honda Civic and then noticed that the coolant temperature gauge is not in the instrument panel. There are only two instrument cluster panel idiot lights dedicated to coolant over or ...
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Maruti Suzuki Swift Check Engine Light On And Engine Coolant Temperature Needle stay at 'C'

My Swift VXI has developed a condition. I have started to see the check-engine light on and the Engine Coolant Temperature Needle stays at 'C' after starting the engine. Engine gives a growling sound. ...
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Should overflow tank be filled when replacing coolant?

I have recently fully rebuilt my engine, minus the block and pistons. All the gaskets were replaced, valves lapped, valve lashes tuned etc. I did it because I had an overheating problem and a head ...
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Not using antifreeze in warm climates [duplicate]

I am just curious if antifreeze has any purpose in climates where freezing temperatures are guaranteed not to happen. Can 100% distilled water be used just as effectively to cool the engine just like ...
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How to dispose of engine coolant?

This question is pretty straight forward... How to properly dispose of engine coolant? Should it be taken to a treatment facility like used engine oil or is it safe to pour down the drain?
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The coolant is boiling when I shut off engine

I have a 2000 Chrysler 300m. A few days ago out of the blue my car cut off on its own and I was unable to start it for a few hours. I left it sit in the grocery store parking lot. Went back 3 hours ...
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How can you tell the difference between oil or transmission fluid in the antifreeze?

I am in the process of repairing my 1997 Toyota 4-runner with a v-6 engine. I have only had the vehicle for a couple of days. I was doing a routine maintenance check on all the fluids. What I found ...
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What is the 2000 civic SIR coolant temperature sensor thread size?

I'm installing an Auto Meter water temp gauge and didn't receive an adapter with it. Anyone know the thread size of the stock coolant temp sender on a B16A2 engine? (Single wire)... I was going to do ...
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Honda Accord 1997 - Steam coming from small part of radiator, leaking coolant

After working fine all day, this afternoon I noticed my engine had heated up so hot the needle was above the red. I pulled over and there was steam coming from a small space on the radiator and it ...
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Do I have battery or engine problems?

Yesterday, I used my car to drive literally 2mins. Away from my dorm building to get to my class building and back because of bad weather. 30+mins. Later I come back outside and use my remote to ...
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oil in my radiator

I have a 95 f150. pretty much everything is original on it. I now have oil in my radiator but. looks like thick poo when I took the cap off. but when I checked my oil other than being a quart low the ...
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STEAM coming from under the hood?

This is my car ->(1990 Honda Accord EX Sedan 4 door 5 speed manual) Ok this is the first time I have ever seen a leak from my car. I bought it in Primo condition & I only use it for errands ...
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What is this (cooling-system related) part?

A while back I stopped my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6 4WD) and all of a sudden there was white smoke pouring out from under the hood, indicating that something was leaking radiator fluid. When I opened the ...
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2002 Mercury Sable with wrong coolant in it

My wife's 2002 Mercury Sable we purchased a year ago has red coolant in it. I found the owner's manual online and it recommends Ford Green or Ford Yellow. Will this coolant damage her vehicle? Can it ...
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How do I find a vacuum leak? I'd highly prefer not to use a carb cleaner spray

The car is a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue with 3.8L V6 engine (3800 Series). I've been doing my research and due diligence, but please understand I'm very inexperienced with automobiles. I went to ...
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Motor oil going into the radiator and reservoir- Chrysler 300

I got the motor heads modified (think thats what you call it), timing belt and water pump replaced in March 2014. The last few months I've been having problems with my car over heating. It turns out ...
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Chronic ignition problems with 1996 Suburban, replacing distributor cap makes it go away

I'm trying to diagnose an ongoing ignition problem with a 1996 Chevy Suburban. Sometimes it won't start, and the previous owner said this happens regularly, and every time the problem occurred, ...
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Where is the engine temperature sensor located on a Mazda 323?

2003 Mazda 323 Astina, 1.8l, I am trying to figure where the engine temperature sensor is located in the car. How can I tell if it's faulty? I am only guessing it is because the car overheats, the ...
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My car won't start. Is it that I ran it without coolant or is it my battery?

Sunday I didn't use my car. At 9pm I moved it across the street because the street sweeper was passing on Monday. Monday morning at 8:30am my car doesn't start. I remembered that I haven't checked ...
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04 Tahoe “Engine Coolant Hot” message

I am out of town with my Tahoe and getting the message "Engine Coolant Hot" on my dash message system. When it pops up I notice that the temp gauge goes up almost to the red line. Also the air ...
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Flushing built up Rust and Mineral Deposits in Cooling System

The previous owner ran tap water in the cooling system for few years, and we have very heavy, mineral rich water locally. When I bought the car about six months ago, I drained the water, and put a ...
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95 Corolla overheats, probable coolant leak or maybe thermostat, need more advice.

Vehicle is a '95 Toyota Corolla. Was driving yesterday for about 5 minutes and glanced at the temperature gauge which I noticed was running pretty high (weather has been around 90 degrees f ...
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Flushing coolant after driving only with water in

If I drive my truck for 30 min with just water in my system, would it be equivalent to just flushing it stationary (the proper way to flush it)? IOW, if I just drive around with a clean water refill ...
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2008 Toyota Corolla - Overheated while idling, coolant full or very slightly low

My car decided to overheat yesterday. It was noticed while we were waiting to pick someone up from the airport. We shut the car off until they arrived. (15 minutes or so) We then drove home with the ...
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How to test for radiator leaks?

There is coolant leaking from my 2007 Tacoma's radiator SOMEWHERE because there is leakage dripping from the lower right corner. I saw it when I took the skid plate off to replace the serpentine ...
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Ditch water in radiator

I lost a coolant hose going down the road and all my antifreeze was gone. I found a puddle along the road and filled my radiator back up after I fixed the hose. Will this cause electrolysis in my ...
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Mixing antifreeze?

My dealer has not been good about topping off fluids lately. I bought some antifreeze (http://amzn.com/B0089LSFJ0) to get the level to just above minimum, but I'm concerned that I don't know what the ...
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radiator stop leak

I woke to find antifreeze all over the driveway. My reservoir was empty. I took it to the radiator shop and they said I had to leaks. Then I remembered I had the warranty so I took it to the ...
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1994 LT1 350 in a Caprice wagon. Oil getting pumped into the coolant and flowing past the coolant reservoir cap

The engine runs well and the transmission shifts well. The only indication was the oil gauge dropping at a stop light. I immediately put 3 quarts in. There was nothing visible at this time. When I ...
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Accidentally poured engine oil into the coolant reservoir

My 1990 Mazda 626 leaks oil like a sieve, so I regularly top up the oil. In a moment of stupidity, I opened my radiator cap instead of my oil cap while topping up my engine oil, and poured about ...
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possibility of oil entry into coolant tank of figo

What are the possibilities of oil entering into coolant tank ? how to know it withoout seeing tank ? what need to be checked ? what precautions to be taken not reoccur the same trouble kishore
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Coolant leak - 4g63 sohc 2.0L non turbo

Recently I was experiencing coolant leaks in between the engine block and the wheel on the passenger side. This only occurs after the car has been driven aggressively and once the car slightly ...
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oily sludge in coolant reservoir

I have Chev Cruze 2010. There was a heatup and I noticed thick creamy sludge overflowing from the coolant reservoir lid. Mechanic diagnosed issue with engine oil coolant and repaired it. Later he also ...
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added too much oil [closed]

I added too much oil to my 97 civic lx, drove it about 30 miles. It started to overheat and antifreeze started to leak from somewhere. I drained the excess oil, which looked brown, and started it and ...
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What causes a low coolent temp light to come on a 2012 Honda civic

My 2012 Honda civic with 19,000 miles has a blue temp light on dash and it seems to be running fine?
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Engine's Normal Operating Temperature

I read in the Motor Oil University article on Bob the Oil Guy's websites that: The automotive designers usually call for their engines to run at 212°F ( 100°C ) oil and water temperature with an ...
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Renault/Dacia Logan 2014+ engine temperature indicator?

the Renault/Dacia Logan 2014 and above have indicators like this: As you can see, the dial at the right has the total mileage and the fuel indicator only. I'm wondering if there is an indicator for ...
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Reason for oil like substance in coolant reservoir and under radiator cap? [duplicate]

I have a 96 Ford Ranger 3.0. There is an oil like substance in the coolant reservoir and under radiator cap. Oil is clean with no loss. Transmission is idling fine. No overheating of cooling system. ...
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2003 Toyota Rav4 ECT Too Low for Readiness Monitor Drive Pattern

I recently failed an emissions test because my CAT and EVAP readiness monitors were "Not Ready" following a reset check engine light a few weeks back, which told me that the engine coolant wasn't ...
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03 Ford Escape V6 Oil/Coolant/check fuel cap lights

I just had my oil changed and had coolant put into my car a few days before Christmas. Also, bought a new fuel cap the same day. All of these lights are still on and I have no idea how to make them go ...
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Mechanic Troubles And A Small Watery Oil Leak

My car is a 2005 BMW 525i E60 with about 180,000km on the clock. It has been well looked after and serviced. I don't get dealer services, but go to a mechanic who has always been good and uses the ...
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Difference between water pump and water outlet housing

I recently took my car into the shop because I was leaking coolant. (I thought it was tranny fluid. See my other question from a while ago to see how bad I suck at fixing cars :) I ended up putting ...
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how to temporarily fix a gasket leak?

My thermostat gasket is leaking on my 00 Ford ka. Is there I sealant I can put around it as a temporary fix for a week or two before I can get it fixed?
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Overfilled my Insight 2010 coolant reserve tank. How can lower the fluid level back without a pump?

I noticed my coolant level was down to the min line on the reserve tank. So I decided to raise the level up between the two lines. I got the proper coolant for the car and started filling. I did not ...
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2000 VW Golf heater won't blow hot air

My 2000 2.0L Golf GLS won't blow hot air at operating temperature, the air is only lukewarm at best. This started a few months ago inexplicably. The car isn't overheating or underheating, it reaches ...
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Running with straight water as coolant in the summer. Is it fine?

I grew up flushing the coolant twice yearly. In the Spring, you drain the antifreeze and fill with straight water for the summer. In the Fall, you drain the water and put in a 50/50 antifreeze/water ...
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Is it necessary to run the engine after adding radiator coolant or only when draining?

I recently did a timing belt/water pump change on my own. When I changed the water pump i drained the coolant, and according to my mechanic, I blew my radiator by not running the engine with the cap ...
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How long does coolant last in storage?

I recently needed to top-off the coolant on my car, but only used a part of the gallon-sized 100% antifreeze container that it came in - how long is it worth keeping the rest in my garage for future ...
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Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4.7 Losing Coolant

I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 with a 4.7 magnum, and I have replaced the radiator, thermostat and water pump. I keep having to fill the reservoir every couple of days. Fluid keeps coming out of the ...