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Coolant Reservoir vs Water Reservoir

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What am I doing outside at 1pm at night? using a pump to pump out the water that my dad accidentally added to the coolant tank. He wasn’t looking and added water to it thinking it was the water reservoir. So I’m outside, pumping it out so that I can add more coolant. He filled it up REAL full of water, so the coolant is diluted to a really really light light pinkish color. It’s supposed to be BRIGHT pink. Omg… so funny, but so sucky at the same time!

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  1. Dave
    July 2, 2013 at 11:07 am

    If that’s the anti-freeze tank, then a little bit of water probably wouldn’t hurt much. It’s only an overflow tank and is only a fraction of the total amount in the system anyway. Up here in “snow country” we mix water to anti-freeze at about 50/50 for the best cooling and freeze protection. Don’t know if it’s the same ratio in the tropics, but it’s always part water. You could always get it tested with one of those little floaty ball testers.

    Water Reservoir? Is that the one for the wipers? The fluid we use in that has to have anti-freeze in it too. 😉

    BTW- Love your pump!

    • July 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      HAHAHAHA! Thanks Dave! Our coolant is from Toyota and is pre-mixed. But it’s not mixed with much because it comes really thick, almost like oil and is bright pink! HAHAHAHA

      That’s interesting to know about your car maintenance up in “snow country”! Hahaha

      And thanks… :/ my dad I tell you. He’s too funny.

  2. Dave
    July 3, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Sounds expensive! I guess Toyota gets you coming and going.

    This is probably more than you ever wanted to know about the subject, but my admittedly very brief research shows that the big difference in Toyotas anti-freeze is that it doesn’t corrode the engine as much as others do. Much longer life. And it appears to be pre-mixed 50/50 with water, so a little extra water probably wouldn’t hurt. Better safe than sorry though. Especially if it’s a newer car.

    Pink doesn’t cut it for me though. I like bright green better. 🙂

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