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Old 22nd April 2006, 14:41   #16
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anyone please tell me what is this red/brown stuff in my car's coolant tank
Dude, as far as I know, if you got reddish/brown fluid in your radiator (yeah, that black metal thingie in the front with a cap), you need to get rid of it - it's rust & deposits from old water, junk, microscopic bits of metal, etc... esentially sh#t.

1. Go to a decent pump/garage, & have your radiator & reservoir (yeah, your white plastic box on the left) drained completely.

2. Then, have both flushed with "radiator flush". It's a product you can get at most places.

3. Then, have the radiator topped up with a good brand of coolant (that green / blue liquid).

For brands of radiator flush, coolant, garages/pumps, etc. please post a question so that others can answer.

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Old 22nd April 2006, 17:11   #17
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Dear team 123 its quit normal that the bottle on the left is filled with water. because the coolant is filled in the radiator. after running the engine for a few km you must ave noticed that the water in the bottle is also green now, If this is the case no need to flush the old coolent out and fill the new one. use it and notice the temprature guage rather than physically feeling the bonnet because it can be a perception issue also. I hope nothing wron happens since you have mentioned that it was a maruti guy so iam asuming it is an authorised service center and these people do not take any chance now as they are more concerned about customer service and if you face any issues then escallate this issue to maruti and they will take the maruti guy's happiness
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Old 23rd April 2006, 22:49   #18
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thanks elf... I am not sure if it is really rust.

I think it was red by default..I don't remember exactly..

Anyway, I will get it checked. I guess/hope Psycho will assist me. Psycho, need an appointment boss!

And about the anti freeze thingy, Yes it is not of any significance in India atleast, where as in cold countries, the coolant may freeze in the radiator by overnight. Then there is a limited amount of coolant in engine coolant jacket, and the radiator is frozen, when you start the engine, the coolant in teh engine jacket will quickly get used up, and coolant in the radiator is not yet a liquid. soon you have a blown engine under the hood in a winter cold day.
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Old 23rd April 2006, 22:52   #19
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Experts, My car's manual recomments a liquid called "paraflu"

Can any one tell me if it is green or orange?

What is the color of coolant in you palios and petras..?
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Hey DRC and Fuelled,

You have misunderstood what i meant by

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maybe it is some kinda halfway-there "coolant". ie Prevents corosion but doesn not increase boiling point or vice versa etc.
I was saying that either it is rust and muck, or it is some adulterated/homemade/cheap coolant in DRCs radiator, with only half of the benefits of real coolant. IE does not increase the boiling point but does prevent corrosion or VICE VERSA.

And just like coolant increases the boiling point (like salt in water, in a pressure cooker in this case), anti-freeze decreases the freezing point for use in sub-zero climates. Not only will it save you from driving around with a slab of ice in the front of your car, but as DRC said, it will save you from a cracked/blown engine, since the cooling sleeves have coolant in them, and theres the small matter of anomalous expansion of h2o as we learnt in science class.

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but as the % of EG rises its specific heat(the amount of heat reqd to raise its unit mass solution by 1 degree) decreases n hence its efficiency in cooling... So water is also added.
Good information there!

DRC, do a radiator flush. I did it once and i was unpleasantly suprised as to how much rust came out of my 19 year old radiator. You can do it yourself if you wish to, just make sure that you let the cleaner circulate by letting the engine warm up so that the thermostat opens and lets the cleaner circulate in the block. Im sure there will be instructions on the bottle.

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real high tech talk here guys ... impressed.
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Old 24th April 2006, 08:57   #22
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thanks rehaan,

Now that you have scared me I am rushing to the garage...

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