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Old 12-18-2006, 07:05 AM   #11
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and take some spare gallons of water with you on your 400 mile trip!
The coolant/water should not freeze if the engine is keeping it hot!

"No Spam Please" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Safe thing is to just add plain water, the VW/Audi antifreezes can gel if
> they are mixed with something incompatible.
>
> Coolant loss might be a heater core failure.
>
> "DaveH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> I've got a 99.5 V6 A4 Quattro. 100k miles, timing chain and water pump
>> changed at 80k. Oil recently changed by a new shop--good rep, but
>> unknown competence to me.
>>
>> I've got to drive 400 miles tommorow and just today discovered that
>> the coolant level in the tank is quite low, perhaps 1.5 inches below
>> the minimum mark with engine cold. Normal temp readings, no warnings
>> during running.
>>
>> I thought I had been smelling coolant on occasion but put it off
>> stupidly till finally noticing the low level today. Must be a leak,
>> but can I get away with topping off with Prestone Extended life or
>> Havoline Dex-cool or whatever to get through this trip, then have my
>> shop fully address the prob upon return? Should I dilute 50/50 with
>> water for that small top off quantity?
>> Dave
>>
>>

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Old 12-18-2006, 07:05 AM   #12
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and take some spare gallons of water with you on your 400 mile trip!
The coolant/water should not freeze if the engine is keeping it hot!

"No Spam Please" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Safe thing is to just add plain water, the VW/Audi antifreezes can gel if
> they are mixed with something incompatible.
>
> Coolant loss might be a heater core failure.
>
> "DaveH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> I've got a 99.5 V6 A4 Quattro. 100k miles, timing chain and water pump
>> changed at 80k. Oil recently changed by a new shop--good rep, but
>> unknown competence to me.
>>
>> I've got to drive 400 miles tommorow and just today discovered that
>> the coolant level in the tank is quite low, perhaps 1.5 inches below
>> the minimum mark with engine cold. Normal temp readings, no warnings
>> during running.
>>
>> I thought I had been smelling coolant on occasion but put it off
>> stupidly till finally noticing the low level today. Must be a leak,
>> but can I get away with topping off with Prestone Extended life or
>> Havoline Dex-cool or whatever to get through this trip, then have my
>> shop fully address the prob upon return? Should I dilute 50/50 with
>> water for that small top off quantity?
>> Dave
>>
>>

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Old 12-18-2006, 07:05 AM   #13
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Default Re: Emergency coolant problem

and take some spare gallons of water with you on your 400 mile trip!
The coolant/water should not freeze if the engine is keeping it hot!

"No Spam Please" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Safe thing is to just add plain water, the VW/Audi antifreezes can gel if
> they are mixed with something incompatible.
>
> Coolant loss might be a heater core failure.
>
> "DaveH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> I've got a 99.5 V6 A4 Quattro. 100k miles, timing chain and water pump
>> changed at 80k. Oil recently changed by a new shop--good rep, but
>> unknown competence to me.
>>
>> I've got to drive 400 miles tommorow and just today discovered that
>> the coolant level in the tank is quite low, perhaps 1.5 inches below
>> the minimum mark with engine cold. Normal temp readings, no warnings
>> during running.
>>
>> I thought I had been smelling coolant on occasion but put it off
>> stupidly till finally noticing the low level today. Must be a leak,
>> but can I get away with topping off with Prestone Extended life or
>> Havoline Dex-cool or whatever to get through this trip, then have my
>> shop fully address the prob upon return? Should I dilute 50/50 with
>> water for that small top off quantity?
>> Dave
>>
>>

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Old 12-18-2006, 07:31 AM   #14
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Understood on using distilled water, but I assume the best ting to use
would be the G12 type coolant Audi specifies in the manual? I may be
able to get some from a local shop.

I wonder how much adding say a quart of distilled water will increase
the coolants freezing point? I doubt I'll encounter temps lower than
20 F on this trip?
Dave


On Sun, 17 Dec 2006 20:54:15 -0800, "No Spam Please"
<[email protected]> wrote:

>Safe thing is to just add plain water, the VW/Audi antifreezes can gel if
>they are mixed with something incompatible.
>
>Coolant loss might be a heater core failure.
>
>"DaveH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>news:[email protected] .
>> I've got a 99.5 V6 A4 Quattro. 100k miles, timing chain and water pump
>> changed at 80k. Oil recently changed by a new shop--good rep, but
>> unknown competence to me.
>>
>> I've got to drive 400 miles tommorow and just today discovered that
>> the coolant level in the tank is quite low, perhaps 1.5 inches below
>> the minimum mark with engine cold. Normal temp readings, no warnings
>> during running.
>>
>> I thought I had been smelling coolant on occasion but put it off
>> stupidly till finally noticing the low level today. Must be a leak,
>> but can I get away with topping off with Prestone Extended life or
>> Havoline Dex-cool or whatever to get through this trip, then have my
>> shop fully address the prob upon return? Should I dilute 50/50 with
>> water for that small top off quantity?
>> Dave
>>
>>

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Old 12-18-2006, 07:31 AM   #15
DaveH
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Default Re: Emergency coolant problem

Understood on using distilled water, but I assume the best ting to use
would be the G12 type coolant Audi specifies in the manual? I may be
able to get some from a local shop.

I wonder how much adding say a quart of distilled water will increase
the coolants freezing point? I doubt I'll encounter temps lower than
20 F on this trip?
Dave


On Sun, 17 Dec 2006 20:54:15 -0800, "No Spam Please"
<[email protected]> wrote:

>Safe thing is to just add plain water, the VW/Audi antifreezes can gel if
>they are mixed with something incompatible.
>
>Coolant loss might be a heater core failure.
>
>"DaveH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>news:[email protected] .
>> I've got a 99.5 V6 A4 Quattro. 100k miles, timing chain and water pump
>> changed at 80k. Oil recently changed by a new shop--good rep, but
>> unknown competence to me.
>>
>> I've got to drive 400 miles tommorow and just today discovered that
>> the coolant level in the tank is quite low, perhaps 1.5 inches below
>> the minimum mark with engine cold. Normal temp readings, no warnings
>> during running.
>>
>> I thought I had been smelling coolant on occasion but put it off
>> stupidly till finally noticing the low level today. Must be a leak,
>> but can I get away with topping off with Prestone Extended life or
>> Havoline Dex-cool or whatever to get through this trip, then have my
>> shop fully address the prob upon return? Should I dilute 50/50 with
>> water for that small top off quantity?
>> Dave
>>
>>

>


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Old 12-18-2006, 07:31 AM   #16
DaveH
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Default Re: Emergency coolant problem

Understood on using distilled water, but I assume the best ting to use
would be the G12 type coolant Audi specifies in the manual? I may be
able to get some from a local shop.

I wonder how much adding say a quart of distilled water will increase
the coolants freezing point? I doubt I'll encounter temps lower than
20 F on this trip?
Dave


On Sun, 17 Dec 2006 20:54:15 -0800, "No Spam Please"
<[email protected]> wrote:

>Safe thing is to just add plain water, the VW/Audi antifreezes can gel if
>they are mixed with something incompatible.
>
>Coolant loss might be a heater core failure.
>
>"DaveH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>news:[email protected] .
>> I've got a 99.5 V6 A4 Quattro. 100k miles, timing chain and water pump
>> changed at 80k. Oil recently changed by a new shop--good rep, but
>> unknown competence to me.
>>
>> I've got to drive 400 miles tommorow and just today discovered that
>> the coolant level in the tank is quite low, perhaps 1.5 inches below
>> the minimum mark with engine cold. Normal temp readings, no warnings
>> during running.
>>
>> I thought I had been smelling coolant on occasion but put it off
>> stupidly till finally noticing the low level today. Must be a leak,
>> but can I get away with topping off with Prestone Extended life or
>> Havoline Dex-cool or whatever to get through this trip, then have my
>> shop fully address the prob upon return? Should I dilute 50/50 with
>> water for that small top off quantity?
>> Dave
>>
>>

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Old 12-18-2006, 07:31 AM   #17
DaveH
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Default Re: Emergency coolant problem

Understood on using distilled water, but I assume the best ting to use
would be the G12 type coolant Audi specifies in the manual? I may be
able to get some from a local shop.

I wonder how much adding say a quart of distilled water will increase
the coolants freezing point? I doubt I'll encounter temps lower than
20 F on this trip?
Dave


On Sun, 17 Dec 2006 20:54:15 -0800, "No Spam Please"
<Justsayn[email protected]> wrote:

>Safe thing is to just add plain water, the VW/Audi antifreezes can gel if
>they are mixed with something incompatible.
>
>Coolant loss might be a heater core failure.
>
>"DaveH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>news:[email protected] .
>> I've got a 99.5 V6 A4 Quattro. 100k miles, timing chain and water pump
>> changed at 80k. Oil recently changed by a new shop--good rep, but
>> unknown competence to me.
>>
>> I've got to drive 400 miles tommorow and just today discovered that
>> the coolant level in the tank is quite low, perhaps 1.5 inches below
>> the minimum mark with engine cold. Normal temp readings, no warnings
>> during running.
>>
>> I thought I had been smelling coolant on occasion but put it off
>> stupidly till finally noticing the low level today. Must be a leak,
>> but can I get away with topping off with Prestone Extended life or
>> Havoline Dex-cool or whatever to get through this trip, then have my
>> shop fully address the prob upon return? Should I dilute 50/50 with
>> water for that small top off quantity?
>> Dave
>>
>>

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Old 12-18-2006, 07:33 AM   #18
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Default Re: Emergency coolant problem

I do not smell coolant inside the car with heater on or off--only
outside and around the engine compartment. Would you still suspect
heater core failure?

On Sun, 17 Dec 2006 20:54:54 -0800, "No Spam Please"
<[email protected]> wrote:

>Safe thing is to just add plain water, the VW/Audi antifreezes can gel if
>they are mixed with something incompatible.
>
>Coolant loss might be a heater core failure.
>
>"DaveH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>news:[email protected] .
>> I've got a 99.5 V6 A4 Quattro. 100k miles, timing chain and water pump
>> changed at 80k. Oil recently changed by a new shop--good rep, but
>> unknown competence to me.
>>
>> I've got to drive 400 miles tommorow and just today discovered that
>> the coolant level in the tank is quite low, perhaps 1.5 inches below
>> the minimum mark with engine cold. Normal temp readings, no warnings
>> during running.
>>
>> I thought I had been smelling coolant on occasion but put it off
>> stupidly till finally noticing the low level today. Must be a leak,
>> but can I get away with topping off with Prestone Extended life or
>> Havoline Dex-cool or whatever to get through this trip, then have my
>> shop fully address the prob upon return? Should I dilute 50/50 with
>> water for that small top off quantity?
>> Dave
>>
>>

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Old 12-18-2006, 07:33 AM   #19
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Default Re: Emergency coolant problem

I do not smell coolant inside the car with heater on or off--only
outside and around the engine compartment. Would you still suspect
heater core failure?

On Sun, 17 Dec 2006 20:54:54 -0800, "No Spam Please"
<[email protected]> wrote:

>Safe thing is to just add plain water, the VW/Audi antifreezes can gel if
>they are mixed with something incompatible.
>
>Coolant loss might be a heater core failure.
>
>"DaveH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>news:[email protected] .
>> I've got a 99.5 V6 A4 Quattro. 100k miles, timing chain and water pump
>> changed at 80k. Oil recently changed by a new shop--good rep, but
>> unknown competence to me.
>>
>> I've got to drive 400 miles tommorow and just today discovered that
>> the coolant level in the tank is quite low, perhaps 1.5 inches below
>> the minimum mark with engine cold. Normal temp readings, no warnings
>> during running.
>>
>> I thought I had been smelling coolant on occasion but put it off
>> stupidly till finally noticing the low level today. Must be a leak,
>> but can I get away with topping off with Prestone Extended life or
>> Havoline Dex-cool or whatever to get through this trip, then have my
>> shop fully address the prob upon return? Should I dilute 50/50 with
>> water for that small top off quantity?
>> Dave
>>
>>

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Old 12-18-2006, 07:33 AM   #20
DaveH
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Default Re: Emergency coolant problem

I do not smell coolant inside the car with heater on or off--only
outside and around the engine compartment. Would you still suspect
heater core failure?

On Sun, 17 Dec 2006 20:54:54 -0800, "No Spam Please"
<[email protected]> wrote:

>Safe thing is to just add plain water, the VW/Audi antifreezes can gel if
>they are mixed with something incompatible.
>
>Coolant loss might be a heater core failure.
>
>"DaveH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>news:[email protected] .
>> I've got a 99.5 V6 A4 Quattro. 100k miles, timing chain and water pump
>> changed at 80k. Oil recently changed by a new shop--good rep, but
>> unknown competence to me.
>>
>> I've got to drive 400 miles tommorow and just today discovered that
>> the coolant level in the tank is quite low, perhaps 1.5 inches below
>> the minimum mark with engine cold. Normal temp readings, no warnings
>> during running.
>>
>> I thought I had been smelling coolant on occasion but put it off
>> stupidly till finally noticing the low level today. Must be a leak,
>> but can I get away with topping off with Prestone Extended life or
>> Havoline Dex-cool or whatever to get through this trip, then have my
>> shop fully address the prob upon return? Should I dilute 50/50 with
>> water for that small top off quantity?
>> Dave
>>
>>

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