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#2710316 - 05/17/13 11:45 AM Emergency coolant question!
Benwah Offline
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Registered: 01/18/12
Posts: 107
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Hey guys, on the way to work this morning my 08 P71's water pump took a [censored]. I know this because the pulley is seized and coolant was shooting out of that little hole on the top of the water pump.

I am having someone bring me tools and I am going to buy a new pump. QUESTION is, I will have to refill the coolant, I cannot do a flush as my car is on the side of a fairly busy road. The coolant in it is green and that's what came with it when I purchased that car..

Is there a specific type I should be getting from AutoZone / O'reilley? Or should I just use whatever I can until I can do a proper flush this weekend? Thanks for the help! I will be replacing the pump here shortly
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#2710317 - 05/17/13 11:50 AM Re: Emergency coolant question! [Re: Benwah]
BillyBishop Offline
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Registered: 02/06/11
Posts: 5254
Loc: KY
I'd just put distilled water in to replace whatever coolant you lost. You can get it at a grocery store for pretty cheap. Distilled water is the best coolant you can use, and it will mix with anything.
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#2710352 - 05/17/13 01:53 PM Re: Emergency coolant question! [Re: BillyBishop]
Benwah Offline
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Registered: 01/18/12
Posts: 107
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Water pump - $52

Coolant + DI water (lost a lot) - $40

Crowbar - $30

Knowing my car will not overheat in the Arizona heat - PRICELESS!
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#2710366 - 05/17/13 02:45 PM Re: Emergency coolant question! [Re: Benwah]
stalag Offline
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Registered: 03/29/09
Posts: 3984
Loc: Columbus, OH
Distilled water in a pinch is perfectly acceptable. Do the flush when you get the time. Plus I think in Arizona the temps are high enough that freezing is not an issue.
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#2710429 - 05/17/13 05:07 PM Re: Emergency coolant question! [Re: Benwah]
RF_Overlord Offline

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Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 7506
Loc: MA
I know the OP is asking about an emergency situation, but just so someone new doesn't mis-interpret the answers above:

Don't run water-only, even in Arizona. In addition to its anti-freezing properties, coolant also contains lubricants and anti-corrosion additives to protect the entire system. In really hot climates, it's acceptable to lower the concentrataion to 30/70, but I wouldn't go any lower.


Edited by RF_Overlord (05/17/13 09:50 PM)
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#2710489 - 05/17/13 06:50 PM Re: Emergency coolant question! [Re: RF_Overlord]
Benwah Offline
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Registered: 01/18/12
Posts: 107
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Thanks for the clarification! I didn't know we could do that here.
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#2710563 - 05/17/13 10:13 PM Re: Emergency coolant question! [Re: Benwah]
Robert_Allen Offline
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Registered: 12/08/10
Posts: 3214
Loc: Tuna, Texas
Originally Posted By: Benwah
Water pump - $52

Coolant + DI water (lost a lot) - $40

Crowbar - $30

Knowing my car will not overheat in the Arizona heat - PRICELESS!


You had to resort to a crowbar too, eh? Mod motor water pumps can be a major PITA to remove. Mine involved a huge screwdriver and a BFH!
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#2710573 - 05/17/13 10:49 PM Re: Emergency coolant question! [Re: Benwah]
stalag Offline
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Registered: 03/29/09
Posts: 3984
Loc: Columbus, OH
$40 for distilled/deionized water? You got ripped.

should have been at most $4-5 bucks.

I agree with RF about not running water long term. Use of distilled water only is to get you to a place where you can do the flush safely. Use of water with no anticorrosives in place will lead to engine damage. You only have a day or two if running on distilled water only until you flush. Follow my sig for the link in flushing coolants.
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Stalag;___________Just for Rizzo I am posting this in my sig. Coolants
2001 Lincoln Town Car Cartier L, 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis (extinct)
On my LTC the following mods/upgrades were added. Heinous motorsport control arms, Command Automotive SD-1 rotors (these rotors can no longer be obtained), Calipers by Goldlinebrakes.com in silver with Hawk HPS pads (now running Ford OEM), MSD COP's. MZT is also applied with programming from BOC. j-mod is now done. Final rebuild of transmission done by Gearstar.

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#2710673 - 05/18/13 08:55 AM Re: Emergency coolant question! [Re: Benwah]
coolguy147 Offline
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Registered: 10/23/11
Posts: 819
Loc: Florida
For emergency purposes...distilled water is fine...

I pay less than a dollar for a gallon.
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