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    • custardy
    • By custardy 14th May 10, 9:02 PM
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    • 14th May 10, 9:02 PM
    drain the whole system
    flush with clean water(a hose is best) refill with correct concentrate of coolant
  • GEEGEE8
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    • 14th May 10, 9:24 PM
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    • 14th May 10, 9:24 PM
    How do I drain it?

    Will it cause a problem if left in?
    • anewman
    • By anewman 14th May 10, 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.
  • GEEGEE8
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    • 14th May 10, 9:53 PM
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    • 14th May 10, 9:53 PM
    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..
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 14th May 10, 9:55 PM
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    • 14th May 10, 9:55 PM
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    • 14th May 10, 9:55 PM
    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.
    • KeithP
    • By KeithP 14th May 10, 9:56 PM
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    • 14th May 10, 9:56 PM
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    • 14th May 10, 9:56 PM
    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..
    Originally posted by GEEGEE8
    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.
  • GEEGEE8
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    • 14th May 10, 9:59 PM
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    • 14th May 10, 9:59 PM
    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..
    • vaio
    • By vaio 14th May 10, 10:02 PM
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    • 14th May 10, 10:02 PM
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    • 14th May 10, 10:02 PM
    http://www.staplesdisposables.com/uploaded_photos/SPD852%20merged%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.
  • GEEGEE8


    I tipped it in the white bottle, top left. Hope it is the radiator filler..
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 14th May 10, 10:09 PM
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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!
  • GEEGEE8
    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..
    • spaceman5
    • By spaceman5 14th May 10, 10:27 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..
    Originally posted by GEEGEE8
    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!!
  • GEEGEE8
    not unless you are prepared to fork out for new brakes, tyres and exhaust, as they will tell you they all need doing
    Originally posted by spaceman5

    hahaha very very true!

    I'll give it a go in the morning, can't be too hard can it? even for a girl..
  • jaz
    If you like.
    Use some initiative. You have been given some advice. Now carry out the solution.
    Originally posted by KeithP
    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!
  • GEEGEE8
    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..
    • anewman
    • By anewman 14th May 10, 10:54 PM
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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.
    • custardy
    • By custardy 14th May 10, 10:56 PM
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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..
    Originally posted by GEEGEE8
    dont feel bad,I had a mate once put screen wash into the power steering reservoir,of his girlfriends brand new car!
  • GEEGEE8
    Ah well, I'm positively redeemed then

    It'll give me something exciting to do tomorrow..!
  • mikey72
    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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