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Did the caustic brew in the radiator eat a hole(s) in it, or did it just drip from an open fitting?
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Originally Posted by Caleal View Post

Did the caustic brew in the radiator eat a hole(s) in it, or did it just drip from an open fitting?

I am not sure it seemed to have just loosened a gasket or something because after I flushed my radiator and tried to find the leak it stopped leaking.
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post #13 of 28
Was the vinegar part of your permanent liquid? That's not a good idea... vinegar does bad things to rubber and plastic so your o-rings and any acrylic parts eg. reservoir housings or faceplates will suffer. It's safe for very brief use as a cleaning agent so long as you flush thoroughly afterwards. If I were you I'd replace all the o-rings on your fittings etc.
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If you left vinegar, and other stuff, sitting in your loop for any length of time, it may be time to scrap the radiator. frown.gif
The rest of the components should also be opened up checked for damage, and cleaned thoroughly.

Vinegar is acetic acid and water, and is mildly corrosive to most metals, including copper.
One of the byproducts of the reaction between acetic acid and copper is hydrogen gas,
If the loop was sealed at the time, the release of hydrogen gas in the closed loop may have created enough pressure to blow some of the mix past a seal, or out a pinhole leak in the radiator that isn't obvious without pressure.



Acetates, and other organic compounds, found in many products used in the construction of most homes and buildings, and the majority of the cleaning and air freshening products people use, are actually a huge "problem" in my industry.
They collect on and eat away at the copper tubing in evaporator coils in air conditioning equipment.
I ain't complaining though, as I make a living repairing, replacing and selling the stuff.
I smile whenever I see TV adds for air home air freshening products, cleaning products and scented candles, because I know what is in them, and what it does to air conditioning coils.biggrin.gif
Edited by Caleal - 1/11/12 at 7:31pm
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post #15 of 28
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I left it in there for a couple of days to clean out the gunk left from my UV dye, I always run distilled water with a few drops of biocide. I just left it in there a little too long and I flushed everything out when it started leaking a little bit.
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Yea I have one that I use for cleaning car parts and such so it's pretty worn in lol

Are you trying to RMA the card by chance?


Also of course the fans power on, electricity still travels where it's conducted. If they do work, then I am forever ignoring anti-static as even a mild thread to the safety of my components.
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Congrats op. Here is hoping it works wink.gif
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I left it in there for a couple of days

Owch! frown.gif

That is WAY to long to leave vinegar in there, I'd scrap the radiator.
You need to open up and check your water blocks, and clean everything out thoroughly.
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What the five? You left vinegar in your loops for days? It's corrosive dude, and as mentioned it will eat anything rubber!
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What the five? You left vinegar in your loops for days?

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