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Antifreeze I just had ice/clear anti freeze put in my 2005 Jeep, and when I test it with my ball anti freeze tester it shows that it's only good to about -5. I called the place that flushed and refilled the system and they said they thought you could not check the ice/clear coolant they put in with the old type ball tester. Is this true? Does a glycol refractor need to be used? Thanks, Maxwell

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  • Maxwell4 Apr 23, 2009

    I am going back the repair shop today and have them test it. What

    they will test it with I don't know, but if they show it weak like I do,

    then I will make sure they reflush and refill. Living in Wisconsin

    you need probably up to -31 protection.

  • Maxwell4 Apr 23, 2009


    That's what they put in at the repair shop I went to. I assumed they knew what they were doing after 25 years in business.

    I had it done couple weeks back, but didn't notice it until

    I checked it myself yesterday.

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    Dave C May 11, 2010

    Just re-reading these posts, I have to say thundergod, there is no way in hell that a 50/50 mix, or any other for that matter, of ethylene glycol, protects down to -86 F. I don't know where you got this nonsense, but it's dead wrong.

  • Dave  C
    Dave C May 11, 2010

    Before you jump to conclusions, it's a fact that antifreeze testers lie. They give you specific gravity, but lie about freeze protection. The best antifreeze protection comes from a 70/30 mix. 100% ethylene glycol actually turns to a gel sooner than a mixture with water. Your best freeze protection actually comes from a "higher" freeze point on the gauge, which is very misleading but that's just the way they've always done it.
    That said, I wouldn't go back to that repair shop for the test, get an independent opinion, that's why I suggested buying some. Even if you only buy a quart, at least you'll know what the pure stuff registers.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    I can't answer your question but, I did some quick research on the coolant you are using and it appears that it comes up "short" on protection against both overheat and freeze up!!! "normal, 50/50 ethyline glycol mix= -86 degrees F, to 276 degreesF. Yours:at 100% concentration -30F to 228F. Why would you want to use a product that only offers marginal protection?

  • Dave  C
    Dave C May 11, 2010

    Go buy some of the stuff, and try it? It's a good idea to have some extra around for top ups anyways. If you do this, post the results, it's an interesting question.



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You should always use what the maker suggests. corrosion will happen inside your aluminum engine if you dont. dont know the answer to your question sorry

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First, DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE OR RUN THE ENGINE AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THIS CONDITION!!! (exception:can be run 1-2 minutes... for short intervals while testing only). If you run/drive, you can cause severe damage to engine bearings.
1. If residue in radiator appears as semi-thick (like milk shake) light coffee colour, It indicates engine oil in cooling system. Major cause is a blown head gasket or cracked cylinder head. This condition usually is accompanied by an overly high oil level on dipstick and wet residue on inside of oil fill cap that is similar to what was found in radiator.
Testing includes pressure test of cooling system. Other symptoms are white smoke from exhaust pipe or coolant on one or more spark plugs (depending on severity or location of failure).
2. If residue is reddish in colour, it indicates a failure of transmission cooler coil within radiator. There is no safe test for this other than identification of contaminant and radiator replacement, including complete trans flush. This condition is far less common than head gasket problems.
3. There are two other coolant entry points to consider depending upon which engine you have: Coolant on any V8 or V6 engine can enter crankcase through intake manifold seals. Some engines use an intermediate housing between the water pump and engine which have passageways for coolant. Gasket failure can allow coolant entry into the engine at this point. (This is also rare but can happen if any bracket bolt that passes through the water pump and intermediate housing has been left loose during or after an alternator, or other accessory repair)
4. If no leak is found, if you just bought vehicle, find out if headgasket has just been changed It is possible that either residue from previous failure was not flushed from system, some type of block sealer was put into cooling system or if gasket was changed, perhaps condition was not corrected and still exists.(ie: gasket replaced but head was cracked or warped and not replaced).
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