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Dumb question, How much antifreeze do i need....

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Silver84k5, Feb 24, 2003.

  1. Silver84k5

    Silver84k5 1/2 ton status

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    Its suppose to get down to 20 degrees tonight, and i was wondering how much antifreeze i need to put in there, i have a little bit in there, but not much, how many gallons should i put in there? Thx.
     
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    cmon i know its pretty retarded question but can somone tell me.
     
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    50/50

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    thats what i thought, so how many gallons would that be lol, i got a stock radiator, dunno if its 2 or 3 core, Whatever is stock.......... Thx.
     
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    Your owner's manual should list the cooling system capacities(16 qts. IIRC). I would buy 2 gallons of antifreeze and a coolant tester, drain out 2 gallons of the current mixture, and fill it back up with antifreeze. Start the engine and let it get warm enough for the thermostat to open and then let it circulate for a while. Once it cools, test the coolant and add water/antifreeze as necessary until you get a rating that suits your climate. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Thx, dont got an owners manual, im just gonna toss two gallons in there, warm it up and call it good, ive let it go without anti freeze all last winter so i figure itll last this one, with 2 Gals.
     
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    Let me get this straight......what mixture are you running right now? You ARE running a mixture of coolant and water, right?

    FWIW, I run 60% antifreeze and 40 % water in the winter, and 50/50 in the summer. Our temps range from -35'C(-31'F) to 40'C(104'F).......
     
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    well i got anti freeze in there now, but i only was able to get to get a half gallon in there.

    but for awhile i only had water in there, but that was like a year ago,
     
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    Dump it and start over!

    I froze a block once - freeze plugs were nice and cozy under a 1/4" wedge pushed out of the block right under the heads. DOH!
     
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    hmm Serious? you think 20 degrees is enough to crack the block
     

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