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Old 15 Nov 2005, 05:55 am   #1 (permalink)
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91 toyota camry, japanese 2.0 4 cylinder engine. regular green coolant or
toyota red?

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Old 15 Nov 2005, 08:01 am   #2 (permalink)
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Toyota red and distilled water. If you've got green in there, make sure
you get it all out first.

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Old 15 Nov 2005, 05:51 pm   #3 (permalink)
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It doesn't matter just make sure the stuff is ok for aluminum heads and
change it ever 2 years or so (unless you like buying readiators). Unless
you have mineral laden well water I don't believe distilled water is
necessary at all. Does any one have solid reference saying to use
distilled. I agree in batteries use only distilled water. I've not seen a
dealership with jugs of distilled water --- just a hose.


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Old 15 Nov 2005, 06:18 pm   #4 (permalink)
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You dont need toy coolant be sure it is for aluminum though. Distilled
water is best then you know the mineral content is low

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Old 15 Nov 2005, 06:42 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Go with the red Toyota stuff, it may be a couple bucks more but you
know it is the right stuff.

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Old 16 Nov 2005, 05:17 am   #6 (permalink)
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I don't believe distilled water is
necessary at all.
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Next car you buy - try it.
For $2 every couple of years I think you'll see quite a difference. I
know I have.
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I've not seen a
dealership with jugs of distilled water --- just a hose.
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Does this dealer also sell new cars?

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Old 16 Nov 2005, 06:31 am   #7 (permalink)
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I have radiator deposits, maybe the jerk that flushed my system now
screwed it from tap water. Distilled is best, minerals clog the fin
holes, then its overheat time. You need minerals in your system, your
car does not.

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Old 16 Nov 2005, 04:34 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Daniel wrote:
> I don't believe distilled water is
> necessary at all.


Nothing is necessary in a cooling system, just as no one oil is necessary in
the crankcase. There are oils that are better than others just as distilled
water is better than tap water as almost all of the minerals, salts and
chemical additives have been left behind in the distilling process, so you
don't have them to contend with in the cooling system.
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> Next car you buy - try it.
> For $2 every couple of years I think you'll see quite a difference. I
> know I have.


If you're talking about servicing the cooling system every two years that's
a great tip. Prolongs the life of internal(s) in the cooling system.
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> I've not seen a
> dealership with jugs of distilled water --- just a hose.


I've seen some that have a hose and quite a few that have distilled water.
Many of the premixed antifreezes you buy use distilled water.
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> Does this dealer also sell new cars?


New cars come from the factory with distilled water.
A couple points and I'll shut up:
Mineral, salts and chemical deposits in the cooling system can be boiled out
(with or without chemicals), backflushed out to varying degrees of success
and at a small cost plus time invested. Worst case, parts like radiator,
hoses, pumps and etc can be replaced due to damage from these deposits at a
higher cost and time investment. What happens when the internals of the
engine casting's cooling passages get gummed up with deposits? Unstable
heat, unstable fuel trim, head problems, head gasket problems, metal fatigue
caused by hot spots where deposits are thick.
All these at great expense and tiime investment.
OR, you can use distilled water for less than $2.00 each time you r&r your
coolant and, in theory, have none of the above listed problems.
I think it's a no brainer.
HTH,
davidj92

P.S. If it hasn't been said before in this thread you should use distilled
water in batteries when topping off for all the same reasons.


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Old 17 Nov 2005, 08:35 am   #9 (permalink)
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You need minerals in your system, your
car does not.
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Wondered if someone would bring this up.
I drink only distilled water.
Inorganic minerals don't benefit your system either. You need minerals
that can be assimilated by the body. Sucking on an iron nail doesn't
get iron into your bloodstream, eating iron rich vegetables does - you
absorb and digest minerals from food, not water.
When water evaporates and then condenses again (distilation process)
the contaminants are left behind, leaving only chemically pure water -
actually better for your body, your cooling system and your battery.
The amount of water on the earth is unchanged since creation. The only
thing that changes is the solids dissolved in it.

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Old 17 Nov 2005, 08:12 pm   #10 (permalink)
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Not true Dan , minerals in water are benefiting your body. Why drink
distilled water, good things are removed, filtering water to remove
chemicals is smart, but boiling to remove minerals no..

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