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I am a former Mercedes-Benz Master Certified Technician and Master Certified ASE Technician. The outdated model of commission-driven income of most shops drove me out of that industry. I write software now.


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comment Ford Probe '94 heater problem
@Patrick I guess it's worth considering the type of coolant that is being used and service schedule. If it's regular coolant, with a flush being done yearly, then I seriously doubt deposits will matter much (which is likely for this '94). If it's extended life coolant, with a 5 year/100K mi lifespan, then a few bucks for distilled water to be on the safe side is worth considering. As for the the original question, if Phil drains the radiator and it's all the right color, then great. If a ton of rust and other junk comes out, the whole distilled water thing is something to keep in mind.
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comment Ford Probe '94 heater problem
@Patrick The theory is that it doesn't have the heavy deposits that may be present in tap water. I haven't done research on whether the deposits actually matter in practice. However, since the water in my area is very heavy and distilled water is less than $1 per gallon, I play it safe and use distilled water in my antifreeze mixes.
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answered 2000 Nissan Maxima Service engine light
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revised Pressing brake pedal during vehicle operation feels “choppy” ?
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comment Best Ways to Pass Emissions?
In the US, it depends on local laws. For example, high population counties in Texas must pass emissions if they are 2-24 years old.
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comment How to get a motor to Top Dead Center
No, it won't hurt anything. Everything that matters is mechanically connected to the crankshaft, and will turn while you turn the crank manually (assume you don't have a broken timing belt/chain).
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answered Best Ways to Pass Emissions?