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My 95 Ford Escort has slow acceleration and my check coolant light is on even though It has been filled. Is there a difference from radiator coolant and windshield wiper coolant?

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They are two totally different things.the wiper fluid only cleans the windshield,the radiator fluid/coolant is for keeping the engine cool,
please do not mix them up as considerable damage could occur.
the coolant bottle has a bigger (normally) metal cap about 2.1/2 across.with a seal around the inside edge,whereas the washer fluid cap just pops off to fill it.please check your handbook.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010

  • souldevyne7 Oct 13, 2010

    What about the slow acceleration?

  • geoff hunter Oct 14, 2010

    slow acceleration could be the engine too hot or air filter blocked or several other things,need to know more info re how is it running etc....



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