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Old 07-31-2004, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sad to say I've never had to deal with the coolant..

And now I do have to deal with it.. since the ol' M just lost the water pump... and just so happens I live 200 miles east of the nearest dealership.

No car --- no trip for coolant --- need some.

Does any one have a good alternative... I know BMW did a lot of research into this area of the car back in the early 90 due to silicate gel precipitation in the engine.

In other words.. I need a coolant that doesnt have nitrites or phosphates in it.
Does anyone have any.. and what type...

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Go buy yourself a few gallons of distilled water and fill the radiator with that. Or just fill it with the hose. Water actually absorbs heat better than antifreeze. If it's not going to freeze where you're at for a week, just fill with wateruntil you get to the dealer. My car is about 80 percent water 20 percent coolant right now.
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YOu can put pretty much anything in the radiator to hold you over til you get to the dealer.

Once I got stuck with a big leak in my radiator in the middle of winter, up in the mountains..... nearest service station 50+miles.

It took a few gallons of water and a magnum of vodka (to keep the water from freezing) but I made it to the service station! LOL!

With that said, try the water first..... consider it a great opportunity to flush your system.

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Great coolant write up....

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YOu can put pretty much anything in the radiator to hold you over til you get to the dealer.

Once I got stuck with a big leak in my radiator in the middle of winter, up in the mountains..... nearest service station 50+miles.

It took a few gallons of water and a magnum of vodka (to keep the water from freezing) but I made it to the service station! LOL!

With that said, try the water first..... consider it a great opportunity to flush your system.

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