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Probably doesn't matter, but which EK block are you using? Acetal/Nickel, Acrylic/Nickel, or the universal VGA? If it's acrylic topped, see if you can angle the case back enough to see any exposed copper.
 
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post #22 of 31
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Originally Posted by Angrybutcher;13703548 
Probably doesn't matter, but which EK block are you using? Acetal/Nickel, Acrylic/Nickel, or the universal VGA? If it's acrylic topped, see if you can angle the case back enough to see any exposed copper.

it is acetal-nickel so I can't see through, I would disassemble it but heard something about that rubber gasket they use so you can't put it back once it out
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post #23 of 31
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Why is that? So instead of just metal flakes you get goop on your blocks as well?
The OP has goop in his blocks already - and I don't know what coolant you have used, but my auto coolant mix has never caused gunk or goop in any of my rigs over the past decade.

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Coolant is a gimmick. Distilled water will work just fine as long as all the components of the loop have been cleaned properly and inspected for shoddy workmanship on the plating.
distilled water becomes contaminated the moment you open the lid of the container it is packaged in. As soon as the air in your house hits it is becomes contaminated by germs and other such organisms. All of which can and do cause the gunk that is found in distilled water loops.

If you choose to use distilled water and a silver kill coil, then all you are doing is prolonging the time it will take for the gunk to appear - that is all.

Saying that, distilled water and a silver kill coil still offer the best performance, as long as you flush it every few months to keep it as clean as possible.
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it is acetal-nickel so I can't see through, I would disassemble it but heard something about that rubber gasket they use so you can't put it back once it out
Nickel plated EK waterblock sounds like the culprit, how old is the block and How long has your current loop been running? What condition was the water in?
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post #25 of 31
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 86 5.0L;13708798 
Nickel plated EK waterblock sounds like the culprit, how old is the block and How long has your current loop been running? What condition was the water in?

about 5 months, water condition? hm.. well it was out of the bottle I got in the store smile.gif but I did run it for like a week before I dropped silver coil in

I just refiled with distilled + about 20%vinegar will see if that's gonna clean it... this mix turned into blue/greenish color already whats that suppose to mean I wonder?confused.gif
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post #26 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by Abell2000 View Post
I just refiled with distilled + about 20%vinegar will see if that's gonna clean it... this mix turned into blue/greenish color already whats that suppose to mean I wonder?
The vinegar is corroding the copper/brass in your loop. I'd remove it immediately.

EDIT: Forgot to add to flush out your loop with distilled a few times.
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post #27 of 31
I agree with big elf. Don't use vinegar on your hardware. It is mild acid.
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post #28 of 31
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Huh?

Silver is a biocide just like PTNuke. You don't need both for an anti-microbial. Besides this looks like a metal problem.
Unless it's completely bad-assed biocide that can dissolve metal.
post #29 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by Abell2000 View Post
I just refiled with distilled + about 20%vinegar will see if that's gonna clean it... this mix turned into blue/greenish color already whats that suppose to mean I wonder?


You definitely don't want to run vinegar through your loop! Vinegar = acid so it is probably damaging your tubing and pump, as well as eating away at all the o-rings on your blocks and fittings.

Vinegar will not corrode the blocks by itself, but it will probably act as an electrolyte so if you have exposed nickel/copper interfaces it will accelerate existing corrosion.

It is a good choice for cleaning copper and nickel but only in the context scrubbing or soaking individual components after everything has been stripped and disassembled.

I would strip the entire loop down immediately and thoroughly rinse everything off to get rid of the acid. I would also inspect an o-ring or two to see if they have hardened or started to crack.
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post #30 of 31
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I didn't run that much of vinegar and for that long to damage something I think, but I tested it on some parts before entering it into the loop and it actually cleaned all the nickel flakes inside the tubes so it worked good as a tubes cleaner for me
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