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Old 12-18-2006, 11:02 AM   #31
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Well, the best thing is probably to get your leak fixed. But you did say
you were short on time.

You could buy a gallon of G12 and mix up 2 gallons of 50-50 mix with water
and take those with you. G12 runs about $22/gallon around here, always in
stock it seems.


"DaveH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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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, 11:02 AM   #32
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Default Re: Emergency coolant problem

Well, the best thing is probably to get your leak fixed. But you did say
you were short on time.

You could buy a gallon of G12 and mix up 2 gallons of 50-50 mix with water
and take those with you. G12 runs about $22/gallon around here, always in
stock it seems.


"DaveH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> 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, 11:02 AM   #33
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Default Re: Emergency coolant problem

Well, the best thing is probably to get your leak fixed. But you did say
you were short on time.

You could buy a gallon of G12 and mix up 2 gallons of 50-50 mix with water
and take those with you. G12 runs about $22/gallon around here, always in
stock it seems.


"DaveH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> 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 12-23-2006, 04:23 PM   #34
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On Sun, 17 Dec 2006 20:35:39 -0500, DaveH <[email protected]>
wrote:

>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
>


Thanks to all who responded! I appreciate it guys. It turns out that
there is a moderate leak (forget where). They patched me together,
loaded me up with G12, and I made the journey without problem.

Thanks again. The input was extremely helpful.
Regards,
Dave
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Old 12-23-2006, 04:23 PM   #35
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On Sun, 17 Dec 2006 20:35:39 -0500, DaveH <[email protected]>
wrote:

>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
>


Thanks to all who responded! I appreciate it guys. It turns out that
there is a moderate leak (forget where). They patched me together,
loaded me up with G12, and I made the journey without problem.

Thanks again. The input was extremely helpful.
Regards,
Dave
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Old 12-23-2006, 04:23 PM   #36
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On Sun, 17 Dec 2006 20:35:39 -0500, DaveH <[email protected]>
wrote:

>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
>


Thanks to all who responded! I appreciate it guys. It turns out that
there is a moderate leak (forget where). They patched me together,
loaded me up with G12, and I made the journey without problem.

Thanks again. The input was extremely helpful.
Regards,
Dave
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Old 12-23-2006, 04:23 PM   #37
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On Sun, 17 Dec 2006 20:35:39 -0500, DaveH <[email protected]>
wrote:

>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
>


Thanks to all who responded! I appreciate it guys. It turns out that
there is a moderate leak (forget where). They patched me together,
loaded me up with G12, and I made the journey without problem.

Thanks again. The input was extremely helpful.
Regards,
Dave
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