Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 11:48:14 -0800
Reply-To: Michael aka ECHO <echosmurf@YAHOO.COM>
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From: Michael aka ECHO <echosmurf@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Re: '90 Westy 2.1L Coolant System Concerns
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I finally have to open my mouth on seeing this one.
I've seen many times people talking about it.. Usually
NO it's not a good thing to do. I've seen the mixing
of the two (green and orange) actually gel up like
jello. Wanna guess what that does to the whole system?
But, I've seen it do nothing, also.
And any smell that you can smell.. means there is a
small leak, even a drop of the stuff can go along way.
Michael aka ECHO
--- Michael David Korsak <mdk166@PSU.EDU> wrote:
> Hey List, how is everybody doing? And your vans?
> I've got a question/concern about my van's cooling
> system. About 3 or 4
> weeks ago I was about to make a return trip to PSU.
> I was looking over
> things and noticed the coolant refill tank was bone
> dry after the van
> had sat overnight. I took off the cap to the
> expansion tank and it was
> completely full.
> On my way to PSU, I stopped at Advance and bought a
> container of Gm's
> Dexcool (I think that was the name - the orange
> stuff). I added a 50/50
> mixture to the max line since the van was warmed up
> already. First of
> all, is it ok to add Dexcool to the existing green
> After I arrived at PSU, I parked the van where she
> spends most of her
> time while I'm busy with classes. About two weeks
> ago, I added a bit
> more coolant to the cold van to bring the level just
> above the min mark.
> Yesterday, I drove her and checked the coolant level
> after about ten
> minutes of driving - it was below the min line on
> the refill tank. BTW,
> I have not seen a coolant leak at all - I park in
> the same spot and
> check regularly.
> Can anyone suggest why the refill tank was bone dry,
> or is it just that
> when the coolant level goes down, the refill tank
> reflects this and not
> the expansion tank? Why, after adding more coolant,
> did the level
> continue to drop. The only thing I can think of is
> the maple syrup
> smell I get when I run the rear floor heater (I
> presume the smell is
> from coolant leaking into the heater), but would it
> cause such a
> noticeable drop in the coolant level. Thanks to
> anyone who can give me
> some words of widom.
> Mike Korsak
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