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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Why did GM change the pressure rating of their coolant tank cap for existing vehicles?

GM has changed the part number for the radiator surge tank cap on vehicles that came from the factory with Dex-Cool. The new cap is 18 PSI (RC87 - part number 25713160), the old one for many vehicles ...
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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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accidentally placed oil in the coolant reservoir in a BMW 325i. How do I fix it and what is the cost?

I accidentally added oil to my coolant reservoir. I have a BMW 325i. The oil light came on and I figured my oil may be low. When the oil was added the oil light warning went off. However, the ...
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Coolant level is below “low” in the expansion tank, dealership service says this is normal?

I took my car to the dealership for an oil change and inspection, which includes the fluids being checked and topped off. After the service, I took a look at the fluids in the car. There is a tank ...
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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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Ideal Coolant Temprature for BMW F20 116i

I've a BMW 116i F20 2012(turbocharged). Bought it at 2012. After two years of using it as default I got it coded with Gorilla so that it's default hp of 136 bumped up to 210. Now it's close to 29K in ...
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No radiator fluid in resevoir

Obviously you shouldn't drive with no coolant, because in most cases obviously your car will overheat, blow a head gasket and all that fun stuff. I drive a 4cyl 2.5L Ford Ranger. One time I realized ...
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Pros and cons of using straight antifreeze

I've heard from some people that they use straight antifreeze in their cooling systems and not 50/50. What are the pros and cons of doing that? E.g. does it reduce exposure to corrosion?
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In Columbus, Ohio. 28 degrees out for last 9 hrs. Only water in radiator.Can I start and drive safely?

99 Ford Windstar. I kept water in all summer or else it ran hot. Been trying to get antifreeze in through the top because I had no money to pay to find and fix problem, now since cooler outside, water ...
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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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1994 Ford Escort won't start

I have a 1994 Ford Escort that was bought used 2 years ago. When we bought it, it would barely run, and we had to replace the engine head. As a result of that and other repairs, it has been losing ...
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White smoke coming from hood in cold weather at a stop light? [2003 Ford Taurus SE, Vulcan Engine]

As winter approaches, I have been noticing that on some occasions in which it is relatively cold outside (20-30 degrees) ,and also early morning or night time when the temperature is low, that my car ...
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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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What are the possible causes of squeaking belts?

During the last few months my car developed a not too loud, but annoying squeak coming from the auxiliary belt area. Sometimes it starts as soon as the car is started, sometimes it seems to do it only ...
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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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Audi A4 1.6 2000 Coolant level sensor flashing

I have a problem with the coolant level sensor. After a minute of driving the temperature sensor on the car starts flashing and also alerts with beeping. Of course the coolant tank level is normal. ...
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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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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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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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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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1995 Chevy s-10 4 cylinder running hot but not overheating

I am having an issue with my s-10. It runs hot but is not overheating. It started when I replaced the temperature sending unit and thermostat. I put in an additional thermostat to make sure the first ...
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Saying its running hot but full of coolant and not over heating

2005 Hyundai Elantra. Says its running hot but has coolant and so far hasn't over heated and also can't turn on heat in car because smoke pours from vents into the inside of car.
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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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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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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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Clear water in coolant reservoir

Over the weekend I took my 2000 Toyota 4Runner to a local shop to get the oil changed. While there they told me I needed to flush the coolant, pulling clear water out of the coolant reservoir. They ...
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Using only coolant or mix of water for radiator?

Do I have to use only coolant for radiator or mix coolant with water, if so what percentage of coolant and water should be mixed?
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How does the coolant disappear?

If there is no leak? So how does the coolant level decreases as time passes? Does it get pressurized so it's level decreases? Or what happens? Since it keeps circulating to the engine and coming back ...
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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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What to do when antifreeze is in the oil casing

My son accidently poured some antifreeze into the place where the oil goes now the car runs with ticking when its idle
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Coolant disappears from coolant reservoir but no leak observed

I just replaced the water pump in my 2005 Ford Escape V6. I discovered that each time I fill the coolant reservoir with coolant and drive the car, by my next stop the coolant reservoir will be ...
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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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Can I use an intercooler as a charge cooler radiator

I'm looking at creating an advanced charger cooler setup for my car, can I use an intercooler as a charge cooler radiator? Or do radiators need some special coating on the inside of them? It's a ...
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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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What is Honda Coolant?

My 2000 Honda Civic 1.6 Aerodeck is getting a little low on coolant, and so needs a top-up. The question is - what do I put in? The manual rather unhelpfully says "use Honda coolant", but doesn't ...
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I put oil in the coolant by mistake in 300c hemi engine chrysler

I put a quart of oil in the coolant compartment in my 300c hemi Chrysler engine. Can I drive it about50 miles without hurting my engine to get my engine flushed
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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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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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Coolant overflows into overflow when accelerating, but completely empties when car cools

My VW Polo's coolant overflows out of the expansion tank. It's like there is too much pressure, causing the coolant to boil out of the tank, yet the temperature is normal. The fan always kicks in, ...
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Mercedes OM636: Can I Resolder Wire to Coolant Temperature Sensor?

The wire contact connected to the Coolant Temperature Sensor of my Mercedes OM636 (Boat engine same as Mercedes 170D, 180D) was corroded and got accidentally snapped off. Can I just solder this back ...
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Oil in coolant none in oil

I have a 2003 F150 with a 5.4 engine. It started running rough and I noticed oil in my coolant. I checked the dipstick and it is clean. I was just a little low so I added oil. When I removed the oil ...
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2004 Ford Escape Reserve Coolant mixed with oil

I have been using my 2004 ford escape 4x4 v6 for nearly 7 years now since my dad gave it to me. I am not a very technical guy when it comes to car maintenance but I see to it that it is always ...
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1998 Chevy Lumina won’t start, crank, or click

I have a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina and recently I have had intermittent starting issues. My brother and I bought a new starter and put it in and it still wouldn’t start. After replacing the starter we’ve ...
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Bad temperature gauge reading on '96 Ford F-150

On my 1996 F-150 with the 4.9 L (300 CID) inline 6, for some time now, the engine barely reaches the normal coolant temperature as read on the gauge. Historically, it would climb until it was in a ...
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What happens when under-filled coolant overheats?

I have a bmw k1200s motorcycle. You suppose to fill in the coolant using vacuum. I usually fill it in at home, drive to a dealer and let them deal with the vacuum stuff. it didn't work out this time. ...
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Engine Coolant Temperature sensor goes bad whenever the outside temperature is hot

This is on a 1998 Chevy Cavalier, automatic transaxle, 2.2L. This sensor went bad last July and I replaced it then. When it goes bad, the check engine light comes on and then the temperature gauge ...
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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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2000 Chrysler LHS coolant tank is giving off a bubbling sound when I park the car.

I recently had my thermostat replaced due to hearing bubbling in my coolant tank once I turn the car off I also noticed on the opposite side other coolant tank there was leaking on the ground not a ...
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Coolant light is on even after topping off

2000 Pontiac Grand Prix Gte - My low coolant light came on so I parked let it cool down went to auto store n got the Dexcool antifreeze and filled it past the hot marker. Drove it on the interstate ...
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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 ...