A water-based fluid used to remove heat from the engine. Also see cooling-system for related components such as the radiator and water-pump.

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My car's coolant temperature reaches almost 100 C / 212 F in a fast pace

Today, after a very hot day, I saw that my coolant was almost reaching 100C/212, I pulled over, stopped and took a look over the hood. The very little water that remained in the coolant tank was all ...
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How, and why, do you test coolant concentration?

In the owner's manual for my 2001 Ford F-150 (5.4L), in the section on "Adding engine coolant", it specifies the type of coolant to be used, and says it should be mixed 50/50 with distilled water. It ...
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1996 mazda 626 leaking coolant

My mazda 626 was leaking coolant. I replaced the radiator for there is clearly a hole on it. It worked fine for about a month. Then I see some leakage again. And this time it is around the right side ...
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My car has the wrong coolant in it. Now what?

Hello I realized today after beating my head about my car's overheating problems that I have the wrong coolant in it. About a year ago, my car ran dry. At the bottom of the expansion tank was an ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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ISUZU CUBIC mixing oil in coolant

ISUZU CUBIC - CITIBUS ENGINE - 6hh1, 8300cc, 6 Cylinder, No Turbo I have this Isuzu with the above description. It is mixing oil and water coolant. I did not find water in the crankcase but found oil ...
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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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1997 1.8t Audi Quattro - using coolant

I have an issue with my 97 1.8T Quattro using coolant. I've checked for external leaks and can't find any. The engine oil is still clean. Has anybody had this issue before? Is it possible for it ...
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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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Can I drive a car with only water and no coolant if it has a leak?

Recently, I was informed that a car I share ('02 Nissan Sentra) was close to overheating. I was told it gets close to the upper limit very quickly upon running the car. When I inspected the vehicle, I ...
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Oil in the radiator, but no coolant in the oil

The car is a '98 Buick Lesabre with the 3800 engine and about 170k miles. It appears as though some oil was in the radiator, but I haven't seen any signs of coolant in the oil. The water pump recently ...
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Is Prestone “All Makes/All Models” coolant *really* compatible with all models?

My car's manual says to use the blue Honda coolant: Always use Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 [MSDS]. This coolant is pre-mixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. ...
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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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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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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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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?

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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Coolant below minimum every 6 weeks - Mk4 VW Polo

This is about my VW Polo (mk4). It's been a cat C in the past after taking a knock to the front bumper. It needs the coolant topping up every six weeks (ish). I've been carrying a bottle of water in ...
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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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F-150, heater will blow hot, then cold

F-150, heater will blow hot, then cold and then heat gauge will rise to extreme high, will boil over then gauge will drop to normal. Just had it flushed and no change. After driving for about 10-15 ...
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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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Oil in coolant - how much trouble am I in?

I have oil in my coolant reservoir. Could it just be the head gasket or is it almost certainly the entire engine or might it be something else entirely? Thanks in advance...
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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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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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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 ...
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Oil in coolent on my volkswagen Touareg

The coolant light came on so I took it to a mechanic he flushed it and put knew coolant some special g-12 coolant but the light came on again so I took a look at it and found oil in it . So I looked ...
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What are the reasons to mix oil & coolant?

Frontal impact vehicle is there fan motor touches the oil cooler,oil cooler slight impact is there, in coolant tank oil and coolant mixed, what are the reasons to mix the coolant and oil in this ...
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2001 Pontiac Grand Am - Oil in coolant

I just bought my car from a owner I noticed there was oil or what looks like oil in the coolant there is no coolant in oil and car doesn't over heat. It's a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am with 230,000 miles ...