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Old 2nd October 2008, 18:59   #31
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Amit no need to worry. The other day my battery died the car wouldnt start, checked battery & it was all dry, poured tap water in & voila it cranked in one go
Yes the car will crank - but if you do this regularly - the battery will die prematurely. I know this from my experience as I once used to pour tap water in my inverter battery which had a premature death.
So, don't do this unless in emergency.
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Old 2nd October 2008, 19:27   #32
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infact, distilled water is inedible.
Inedible? Any particular reason for eating water, even if it just drinking water?

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collect the water that drops from your household air-conditioner.
Great Idea! What floor do you live on?

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hello guys,
i was unaware about putting distilled water in the radiator along with the coolant. i drained out the entire coolant , washed the radiator and put a new castrol coolant with normal fresh water (not the borewell water)

will it harm my radiator as i read somewhere that one should use only distilled water.

what are the steps i should take now
You dont need to worry, as long as you are using it in the correct ratio. You can use ordinary water, not necessarily distilled water. The coolant will ensure that the scale formation does not take place.

The better way would be to mix the coolant and water before you pour it into the radiator.
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I have always seen normal water being mixed with coolant. As per discussion in other thread, the coolant is an additive, and it also works as an Anti-Corrosive agent.
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Drain the radiator again and add Distilled water + coolant. No effect on radiator even if you dont.

But you will sleep well after that.

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using normal tap water is just so rampant and you don't see cars stopping as a result of it all the time. so chill - nothing's going to happen.
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one more thing i wanted to ask is, earlier my alto had blue color coolant. and now i have put the green ones. is it okay? somewhere on the forum i read that its problematic if one changes the color?
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green, blue or pink is just the color of dye used in the coolant.
You need to read the specification on the tin of coolant and check if this matches with what is recommended by manufacturer.
Generally the difference is that some coolants are premixed and others needs to be mixed with water and anticorrosive agents also differ
Ethylene Glycol remains same in all the types , Correct type is required because some antu corrosive agents may be harmfult to your water pump and seals.

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one more thing i wanted to ask is, earlier my alto had blue color coolant. and now i have put the green ones. is it okay? somewhere on the forum i read that its problematic if one changes the color?
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i dint check the specifications , it was castrol, green ones 250 rs ones..it was written recommended for maruti tata and all other vehicles
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Inedible? Any particular reason for eating water, even if it just drinking water?



Great Idea! What floor do you live on?
Distilled water is inedible because it contains no minerals (100% minerals free), it is pure H2O. edible water contains minerals that the human body need.

i live in an individual house, but the A/C is on the first floor.there is a pipe hanging from it.
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Distilled water is inedible because it contains no minerals (100% minerals free), it is pure H2O. edible water contains minerals that the human body need.
I think the point that nitroxx was trying to make is that water is not edible.
It is potable. And there is no such thing as edible water, no matter how hard you chew it.

Edible is only used for things you can eat. Potable is used for drinking.

And distilled water is indeed quite potable. It is just horribly tasteless.
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water = potable ( not edible)
potable water = water that is fit for human consumption
edible = something that can be eaten (not drunk)

OOPS --> double post, Sam has beaten me to it :-)
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@ sam & blue thunder: thanks for the clarification .
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i bought some no name brand coolant concentrate. (wanted to buy premix, but this is what i ended up buying, and didnt notice until i reached home.
I just wanted to top up the coolant , since it dropped below min levels. will there be any issue if i use tap water ( i gather from the previous posts that there is no issue, but some affirmation would be appreciated )
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i bought some no name brand coolant concentrate. (wanted to buy premix, but this is what i ended up buying, and didnt notice until i reached home.
I just wanted to top up the coolant , since it dropped below min levels. will there be any issue if i use tap water ( i gather from the previous posts that there is no issue, but some affirmation would be appreciated )
You can add the concentrate to the 'coolant' bottle. This will get diluted as it gets sucked into the radiator in small doses.
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