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Well went to leave work it was -13 and the jeep would only stay running if I was giving it gas. After about 5 min of holding the rpms at about 1000 I let off and the jeep atayed running. But then I got a ding. Low coolant I know my coolant isnt low so fearing the worst... broken radiator (read the beginning of my build thread and youll understand). I checked the coolant reservoir and my coolant in there was frozen solid. I let the jeep warm up wouldnt get warmer then where a quarter tank of gas would be on the gauge and drove it home. I was getting the coolant warning all the way into my driveway. I hope nothing bad happened from driving it. You guys think itll be ok?
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:10 PM
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Re: What are you doing to your WJ next?

The fact that the coolant was frozen, shows that not the right mixture is in the cooling system. You will have to drain it and add the right coolant to avoid freezing again. When the coolant freezes, the volume expands and this can cause damage to radiator, overflow reservoir and/or engine. If after this incident you are not losing coolant, you where luckily and nothing bad happened.
The right coolant mixture is not only important for the anti freeze properties, but also for the anti corrosion properties.
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I used the 50/50 blend advanced auto coolant straight from the jug to my jeep.
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Interesting to note here that the ethylene glycol we call coolant was referred to years ago as anti-freeze. With temps you can see in your area, you should probably use a 50/50 mix of water/coolant.
Maybe you can get your jeep into a garage and put a space heater in front of the grill or figure some other way to gently thaw that thing out before you go anywhere else.
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Re: What are you doing to your WJ next?

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I used the 50/50 blend advanced auto coolant straight from the jug to my jeep.
Have you ever completely flushed the coolant to make sure it was the correct mixture to begin with? It is odd that you add 50/50 blend and had your coolant freeze. If all your antifreeze in the car was a 50/50 blend, it shouldn't have froze (meaning the mixture might have been off before you added the 50/50 mix). We were at the -20s during the night here and my coolant never froze.

You might consider going to one of the auto parts store and buying a antifreeze tester. They're pretty cheap and should tell you the mixture.
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Re: What are you doing to your WJ next?

That is odd. I mixed my own with distilled water when I flushed my radiator and reservoir.
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You use distilled water so that there are no minerals to build up or leave deposits in your engine or radiator.

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You use distilled water so that there are no minerals to build up or leave deposits in your engine or radiator.

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What he said....

Most people I know think I'm crazy and use the hose, but anytime I add or flush, it's with distilled.
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Re: What are you doing to your WJ next?

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Most people I know think I'm crazy and use the hose, but anytime I add or flush, it's with distilled.
Crazy? no. Excessive? IMO, yes.

Look at the small passages in your shower head and think how long it takes to get any build up on those (for me, it's 2-3 years before I can SEE anything). Now think that every shower is probably 20+ gallons of water through that head and you do that every day. So it takes me 20+ gallons twice a day (me and wife) and 2-3 years to see anything. I'm putting nowhere near that much water in my Jeep. Heck, I doubt I'll put 20 gallons of water through the Jeep during it's whole life.

Like I said, the theory is there to use distilled. It's just a personal preference of if you think it's worth it. Nothing wrong either way, IMO.
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Gotta figure out why the "Brake" light on the dash came on today. Just shy of 104k miles. Checked the MC and the fluid level is good. The pedal has always been a bit soft on it...

Looks like I have a light show on that side of the dash...

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