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My temp guage just shot up to past the H, my coolant is empty. Do I just wait for car to cool down and add water to radiator or add coolant at any time, or both?

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DON'T PUT WATER IN IT HOT!!! You need to wait a few hours to add water water, the engine should be cool to the touch. Or if you can heat several gallons of water to around 170 degrees or so you could add to the system hot. This is also dangerous since that hot of water can burn you. Adding cold water to hot metal you run the risk of cracking your engine, or at least your radiator. Best of luck hope this helps.

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How to Fill Coolant

If the coolant system has been flushed, first add 100 percent ethylene glycol in

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