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Old 14-05-2010, 9:01 PM
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I seem to have put half a mug roughly of (ready to use) screen wash in my radiator filler, as opposed to the screen wash filler...

I've put a whole bottle of plain water in there now to dilute it, and it's full to the brim.

What else can I do? Is it a problem?

What a numpty I am..
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Old 14-05-2010, 9:02 PM
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drain the whole system
flush with clean water(a hose is best) refill with correct concentrate of coolant
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Old 14-05-2010, 9:24 PM
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How do I drain it?

Will it cause a problem if left in?
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Old 14-05-2010, 9:39 PM
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Never fill a cooling system above the max mark. To drain you could take the bottom hose off the radiator. I would suggest to simply empty it, fill the system with tap water, run the engine (with the cap off) to circulate it and mix with everything else in the system until that's hot and the fan has turned on and off. Then drain this and put in the correct type of coolant at the correct level of dilution.
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Old 14-05-2010, 9:53 PM
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Shall I just take it to Kwik Fit around the corner from me? I have no idea what type of coolant to put in it..
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Old 14-05-2010, 9:55 PM
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I doubt very much whether it will do any harm at all. If you don't know what you are doing, draining and refilling it might cause more problems than it solves.
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Old 14-05-2010, 9:56 PM
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Shall I just take it to Kwik Fit around the corner from me? I have no idea what type of coolant to put in it..
If you like.
Use some initiative. You have been given some advice. Now carry out the solution.
Just because I've written it doesn't mean that
either you or I have to believe it.
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Old 14-05-2010, 9:59 PM
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I'm going to try to get some of the water out of the filler tank thing, apart from that I think i may have flushed out most of the screen wash with the bottle of water i tipped into it..

I would use initiative, but I have no idea about cars at all, and I don't want to end up with a bigger problem in the long run..
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Old 14-05-2010, 10:02 PM
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http://www.staplesdisposables.com/up...erged%20I1.pdf

suggests that the main ingredient is alcohol with a flash point of 23 degrees, I can’t see it’ll do any harm but if you let the car warm up with the rad cap off it’ll boil off and you can top up with the correct fluid.
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Old 14-05-2010, 10:07 PM
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I tipped it in the white bottle, top left. Hope it is the radiator filler..
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It won't do any harm. Cheap antifreeze used to have alcohol as its main ingredient.

If it's too full, remove some from the expansion tank (white bottle), down to the correct level. Don't try and drain it. If you do you run the risk of introducing air locks into the cooling system. Believe me, you do not want that!
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Expansion tank - now I know what it's called..

Okay, I will do that, I know roughly how much it had in before, so I'll just take some out of that (somehow).. I don't have any pipe to syphon (sp?) it out, was thinking of using a food plastic bag.. lol - unless the whole tank will come out..
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Shall I just take it to Kwik Fit around the corner from me? I have no idea what type of coolant to put in it..
not unless you are prepared to fork out for new brakes, tyres and exhaust, as they will tell you they all need doing
Take every day as it comes!!
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not unless you are prepared to fork out for new brakes, tyres and exhaust, as they will tell you they all need doing

hahaha very very true!

I'll give it a go in the morning, can't be too hard can it? even for a girl..
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Use some initiative. You have been given some advice. Now carry out the solution.
My, that's a helpful post. I'm sure the OP is delighted that you bothered.

Get a syphon pump from your local car spares shop, they're about 6. The expansion tank has two lines on to denote maximum and minimum fill levels. Syphon the fluid out to until the level is between the two lines. A bit of screenwash isn't going to make a blind bit of difference to your coolant so don't worry any possible contamination issues.

Next time you want to top up the screen wash, there's no shame in asking if you're not sure!
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haha - thanks, I'm mortified! I've done it loads of times, just thought the book symbol was the screen wipers.. doh!

Glad I'm not the only one that thought Keith was being flippant..

Thanks for advice Jaz..
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A turkey baster would suffice, but I wouldn't use it for cooking afterwards

The worst possible thing that could probably happen is if the screenwash reacts with the coolant causing sludge - if the amount was small I doubt this would happen enough to cause any issues.
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haha - thanks, I'm mortified! I've done it loads of times, just thought the book symbol was the screen wipers.. doh!

Glad I'm not the only one that thought Keith was being flippant..

Thanks for advice Jaz..
dont feel bad,I had a mate once put screen wash into the power steering reservoir,of his girlfriends brand new car!
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Ah well, I'm positively redeemed then

It'll give me something exciting to do tomorrow..!
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Old 14-05-2010, 11:00 PM
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I'd leave it.
One cup of diluted screen wash compared to what's in the engine won't make any difference, and the expansion tank cap will release the pressure and let the excess water blow off the first time the engine heats up.
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