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Thread: I would like to flush my water cooled system

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    Mar 2002
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    Default I would like to flush my water cooled system

    It's been almost a year, or better since I installed water cooler. My question is what is the best way to flush it? And with what? I read the response to a thread that you can use automotive coolant. Is this right? It does not hurt the pump? And to what ratio do you mix the auto coolant?
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    Nov 2001
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    Default Re: I would like to flush my water cooled system

    Automotive coolant is generally mixed in a 50/50 ratio with water, but I tend to stay away from it myself. It is a bit thicker than the coolant you find specifically made for water cooling systems in a computer and the pump in your water rig isn't nearly as sturdy as the one you'll find in your car.

    As to the flushing, you can use distilled water to do this since your new coolant will be using this same base liquid anyway (or should be at least). This will allow you to clean any contaminants out before supplying the system with fresh coolant. I would also recommend using the same coolant you used before. This way you won't have to worry about any of the old coolant not getting flushed out completely and reacting in a bad way with the new coolant you use this time around. I have heard of others getting some of the coolants mixed together after an inadequate flush job and the result was corrosive.
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