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Re: coolant


    Sounds like the coolant you were using was degrading the metal
components in your cooling system.
    I just drained 8 year old, 258k km Audi coolant from my '91 200q. The
coolant looked brand new and the cooling passages ( those I could see with
the water pump out) were spotless.
    The 150k km Audi coolant I drained from my old '86 5kcstq to replace the
heater core was the same and the internal passages in the heater core were
also spotless.
    The Audi coolant is expensive, but I think it's worth it in the long run
to avoid internal corrosion.


Fred Munro
'91 200q  260k km

-----Original Message-----
From: Huw Powell <human@nh.ultranet.com>
To: Chris Dyer <chrisdyer@hotmail.com>; quattro group
Date: Friday, October 02, 1998 7:36 PM
Subject: Re: coolant

>> Coolant?
>> Got a '87 5cstq, wanna know what the favorite anti-freeze(s) are?
>I like Sierra.  Tastes better, less hangover...
>Anyway, it's supposed to be a five year product but I just flushed the
>heck out of my system while swapping a used radiator in (& a mess o'
>powder coated bits).  The two year old coolant came out looking like
>swamp water.  I think a good flushing every year is on my maintenance
>list now.   The car runs noticeably cooler at the dash gauge now.  If
>only the heater would run hotter!  Two days later the fan sensor failed
>and I had to drain the radator into cut off milk jugs and fill it back
>up again!
>BTW I tried to flush everything out backwards first then forwards, to
>try to knock loose any junk in there.  We're talking 20 minutes at a
>time with the garden hose on full.  I figure this is not only overkill
>for cleaning but helps to dilute the residues of (safely biodegradable)
>coolant that wind up on my parking lot and in my neighbor's well.
>Then I simplegreened the engine compartment, you could eat outa there!
>Huw Powell
>the steering wheel isn't connected to anything, it's just a place to
>rest your hands