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nick_sri
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15th Nov 10 at 18:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

just dip your finger in it , tastes sweet its anti-freeze
mart08uk
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15th Nov 10 at 19:53   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ANTIFREEZE-TESTER-anti-freeze-coolant-test-radiator-/180583733631?pt=UK_Hand_Tools_Equipment&hash=item2a0ba1197f
Ant B
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15th Nov 10 at 20:06   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by mart08uk
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ANTIFREEZE-TESTER-anti-freeze-coolant-test-radiator-/180583733631?pt=UK_Hand_Tools_Equipment&hash=item2a0ba1197f


thats what i have
3CorsaMeal
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15th Nov 10 at 20:34   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

vw g12++ for me.

not sure about escort. better check that
Mertin
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15th Nov 10 at 23:20   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Im sure a local garage would check it for you to save buying a tester.
bullock106xsi
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16th Nov 10 at 09:02   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

how far up the expansion tank should the antifreeze be? half way? up to the neck? inbetween? im still getting used to this corsa and used to just have to fill the radiator up to a max mark on my pug lol
Scotty C
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16th Nov 10 at 09:06   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

There should be a minimum and maximum Mark on the expansion tank. iirc, it's half way up...
bullock106xsi
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16th Nov 10 at 09:12   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

aye a seen something resembling a marker but its quite faded and scratched. ive got it upto around there at the min. cheers for your reply scotty!
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16th Nov 10 at 09:27   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I treated my Mondy to an oil change yesterday

Got a leaking radiator so I have to check coolant levels often anyway.

I know I could get a new radiator fitted but I'm putting some money aside to buy a new car so I don't want to spend money on a car that's worth as much as a packet of crisps.
alan-g-w
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quote:
Originally posted by bullock106xsi
aye a seen something resembling a marker but its quite faded and scratched. ive got it upto around there at the min. cheers for your reply scotty!


The level line is the seam half way up the expansion tank.
davieslim
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16th Nov 10 at 10:24   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i borrowed a antifreeze tester, turns out i have to much in mines lol
Simon_16v
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quote:
Originally posted by 3CorsaMeal
vw g12++ for me.

not sure about escort. better check that


Same
JordyCarter
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16th Nov 10 at 15:12   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

was slipping all over on the way to work this morning. Bad times
3CorsaMeal
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Originally posted by Green_Machine
was slipping all over on the way to work this morning. Bad times


where abouts are you putting the antifreeze? not on your drivers seat i hope?
Fro
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16th Nov 10 at 15:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

winter does strange things to cars, the amount i heard that are newer than mine sounding like a bag of shit on startup was unreal
mart08uk
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16th Nov 10 at 18:34   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Mertin
Im sure a local garage would check it for you to save buying a tester.


Yeah maybe can use a tester each winter tho, good purchase imo.. My old man has had one for years so i just use that!
Jake
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16th Nov 10 at 18:56   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by AW06
quote:
Originally posted by Tom
Will I need to drain the water from the rad 1st? I've seriously never done this before


A good tip that was in PPC mag was to take off the small overflow hose from the header tank (The one that comes from the rad) put that into a bucket and then fill the header tank as normal until the new coolant comes through, or until you run out/happy there is enough in.



good idea. mine has mostly water in it nowadays
tom_simes
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Registered: 12th Jan 05
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26th Nov 10 at 09:01   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

For info:

Lidl have an antifreeze tester on sale at 99p from Thusday 2nd December, if anybody wants one:

Link

[Edited on 26-11-2010 by tom_simes]
mwg
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26th Nov 10 at 09:03   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Booked mine in to the Audi dealership to have it all checked

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