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Old May 29th, 2013, 03:56 PM
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Straight water - any issues?

I just replaced a couple of things and had to drain the radiator. Need to get the truck back on the road but will have to drain it again soon for some other work. Any issues running straight water now that it's warm out? Does it have to be distilled? I grew up in the third world and we always used water but I've heard it's bad for the pump.

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Old May 29th, 2013, 04:14 PM
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Antifreeze has anti corrosion properties. How soon is 'soon'? I think a couple weeks won't make a difference.

For myself, I use distilled water.

Why not use the correct mix of antifreeze now then use a clean bucket to catch and re-use when you drain it again?


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Old May 29th, 2013, 08:20 PM
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water for the short term is just fine. I agree with Mike, though... That is what I do...
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Old May 29th, 2013, 08:30 PM
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The anti-freeze does lubricate the bearings in the pump. A few weeks, not big deal. In any event, antifreeze is cheap and if you have to drain it, you can always catch it and put the old new stuff back in.
*not legal advice*
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Old May 30th, 2013, 04:24 AM
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I run redline water wetter and distilled water in the summer.
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Old May 30th, 2013, 07:25 AM
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Distilled water. Tap water has a bunch of stuff in it that can cause things to get gummed up, minerals etc. Distilled water is cheap. For that matter Anti freeze isn't that expensive either.

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