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Water in a pinch?

How much and how long would you drive your truck with just water in the radiator?

I am going on a long trip this weekend and want to carry some extra stuff with me just in case I need it. Should I spring a leak on one of my veggie coolant lines and don't shut it off in time I have the potential to loose all my coolant pretty fast. I don't mind taking a few jugs of distilled water with me just in case I need it. How long is too long to get to a store to buy some coolant?

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I think it would matter more about the water and PH level. Just carry some coolant, it's cheap in respect to the block.

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is the wally world stuff ok? supertech I think its called?

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I would run it all weekend if needed. Are you towing or doing something else that will tax the cooling system? Do you expect to overheat the coolant normally?

The coolant mixture lowers the freeze point and raises the boiling point of plain water. Our trucks with the stock stat run cold.

The only moving part should be the water pump impeller. Do you think that pump bearing and seal needs lube from antifreeze or can it make it for awhile?

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you also run the risk of rust. just get straight green premix or concentrate. if concentrate, ya need to carry some water also.

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I would run it all weekend if needed. Are you towing or doing something else that will tax the cooling system? Do you expect to overheat the coolant normally?

The coolant mixture lowers the freeze point and raises the boiling point of plain water. Our trucks with the stock stat run cold.

The only moving part should be the water pump impeller. Do you think that pump bearing and seal needs lube from antifreeze or can it make it for awhile?
Ill probably start the trip at about 21k to 22k total (truck + 5er and extra fuel). I am not leaking now. I do have heater hoses that tap in to the heater core run to the bed for the heated pickup and then wrap around the filter and then back to the other side of the heater core. I put some ball valves on the tap so I could shut the loop off should a leak form. I just dont want to be left on the side of the road should something bad happen....

I called my local international shop today and they want $27 a gal for the elc coolant. that sounds like a bunch! and that is the ec-1 rated stuff that people are saying is the good stuff to run in these trucks.

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doesnt matter if its "good stuff" if it doesnt match what you have in the truck right now. I was shocked unless it was a mistake at dealer, I bought a gallon of gold coolant for 6.56 about a month ago.



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In a pinch? Water is fine. Seriously. Water will not rust faster than a coolant mix with the time/distance you are talking about. If you have an issue and have to you the water, so be it. Just flush the system when you get back home. Add a quart or 2 of the anti-rust/water pump lube to your mix when filling her back up.

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Trying to be sensitive but in a pinch I would use water from a ditch beside the road. You can use urine for brake fluid. I mean in a pinch, you need to do what you need to do.

If you have low confidence in your plumbing then I would be prepared by premixing the proper coolant in a jug. Now remember that you have over 8 gallons of coolant so to really be prepared you need to have equipment to fix the leak and then up to 8 gallons of fresh coolant.

Personally, I would plan on drawing the needed coolant from the 5'er's water tanks if you need it. Do your best to make the system dependable before the long journey.

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Personally, I would plan on drawing the needed coolant from the 5'er's water tanks if you need it. Do your best to make the system dependable before the long journey.
good idea! I did not think of that! ill have 60 gal of water in the 5er already! doh!

I think its OK but you know that Murphy, he is a ***** and it seems like my life has been modeled around his laws. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong and then it will hang around to spit in your face! Maybe I should just go find a hole to live in

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