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Check your antifreeze

Postby Bob McCarty » Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:30 am

On the news last night, it looks like this polar vortex is going to freeze pretty far south. Time to check your antifreeze or drain the coolant. We're projected to have high's in the low 20's for 4-5 days here in Colorado.

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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby Winfield Dave » Sun Nov 09, 2014 11:35 am

Checked all of mine a couple weeks ago. :D
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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby offrink » Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:11 pm

Drained mine and set up the right mix last week. I had some work done this summer and it was only filled with water so I knew I had to start over.

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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby ShineOn » Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:46 pm

Part of tomorrows projects . Pull battery for warmer storage . Back 'er into winter quarters , drain cooling and fuel . Close 'er up and miss 'er for the season . No budget to put the blade on .
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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby Eugene » Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:18 pm

Done last week. Found one tractor where the antifreeze tester didn't register. Drained the tractor and refilled with 50/50 mix.

After this cold spell I will install Marine Stabil in each tractor's gas tank. Run the tractor a bit then shut off the fuel, let the tractor die of fuel starvation. I will start each tractor once a month or so during winter to charge up the battery and keep the engine lubricated.

Further winter preparation, prepare the generator sets and store gasoline. Need to get the Case skid steer, with snow blade, started up and moved to the front of the garage.
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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby Randy Tuura » Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:08 am

The only thing I put in the radiator is 50/50 mix. No water - ever. Then I don't have to worry. But then, maybe I should use some full strength now and then 'cause this far north it can get to -40 or colder. It is 9 degrees above right now.
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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby Scrivet » Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:23 am

Randy Tuura wrote:................... But then, maybe I should use some full strength now and then 'cause this far north it can get to -40 or colder. ...............
As long as you are using Propylene Glycol and not Ethylene Glycol as your antifreeze. Someone not knowing any better that runs down to Wallyworld and just grabs the first jug of antifreeze they see, and dumps it in full strength thinking full strength has to better than "watering it down" will get quite a surprise next spring.

Found this chart at http://www.eetcorp.com/antifreeze/antifreeze-faq.htm (All kinds of antifreeze info)
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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby Super A » Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:45 am

While we are on the subject, how much antifreeze should I put in the cats' water bowl to keep it from freezing up?
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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby Eugene » Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:50 am

Super A wrote:While we are on the subject, how much antifreeze should I put in the cats' water bowl to keep it from freezing up?
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Depends on how bad you want to kill the cat. Antifreeze is poison,
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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby offrink » Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:10 am

Just enough anti-freeze to do the job.

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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby Jason (IL) » Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:31 am

I checked mine last week. After last winter here where lows got to the -30 range a night or two I have been doing a little stronger mix to be safe. I mix up about a 60/40 to 70/30 mix now. I really don't want to risk it that much. So assuming a Cub takes about 4 gal so I have 3 gal antifreeze and a gallon of water.

My grandpa suggested it to me last winter. I says he had a 4010 Deere freeze up on him one winter and so he always mixes a little stronger now.

I guess it is always safe to be over protected than under.

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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby Winfield Dave » Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:38 am

Eugene wrote:
Super A wrote:how much antifreeze should I put in the [neighbor's] cats' water bowl to keep it from freezing up?
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Depends on how bad you want to kill the cat. Antifreeze is poison,
A little goes a long way. :mrgreen:
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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby Super A » Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:16 pm

Winfield Dave wrote:
Eugene wrote:
Super A wrote:how much antifreeze should I put in the [neighbor's] cats' water bowl to keep it from freezing up?
Al
Depends on how bad you want to kill the cat. Antifreeze is poison,
A little goes a long way. :mrgreen:



I kid I kid....I like my cats about as good as I like my dogs. I've always tried to be a little extra-careful when draining cooling systems, you never know when a curious furry friend will go snooping.....

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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby thiggy » Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:55 am

What is the proper mixture to protect all the way down to 28º? :D
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Re: Check your antifreeze

Postby Jim Becker » Sat Nov 15, 2014 10:15 am

thiggy wrote:What is the proper mixture to protect all the way down to 28º? :D

50/50. That way you get a full dose of rust inhibiters.


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