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Don't toss around the term "vinegar" to lightly here. There are two general types.

The first type is cider-vinegar that's usually with a yellow/brown tint. NEVER use that stuff since it has sugars to promote bad things in a cooling loop.

The second type is distilled-vinegar or white-vinegar. This is a grain based vinegar that cleans things really well. It's nearly as transparent like clean filtered water, but with a slight smell and pH. Use this for cleaning the cooling loop or your coffee or espresso machine.
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Yeah your right, I specify that in the PDF, you don't want to use anything but white vinegar, and that in low concentrations...I used to run it at 50-100% till I realized that blue tinge in the white crud coming out of the rads was copper..Now I never go over a 10% solution and just let it work a little longer...Most of the newer rad's are supposed to use water soluble solder, I still use a little vinegar anyway, cant hurt and it does still kill the nasties...So will Listerine and pine-sol or a little iodine tincture...
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Calcium is the problem here, it tends to deposit itself on the pump impellers etc. but I can't imagine one instance causing any major problems. But my experience is that vinegar works but takes awhile, I've used diluted muratic acid and it instantly dissolves the calcium build up. Will it damage the copper, yes if you leave it in but because it is so fast it is literally pour it in, shake & flush. You can get muratic acid at home depot.
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Not leaving straight distilled vinegar in for more than an hour is just cautionas no one is quite sure how fast it will eat away the solder inside your radiator. It will take a really long time for the small amount of acetic acid in vinegar to actually eat a hole through the copper part of your radiator. Hell it takes a couple of hours just to make a penny shiny. I would think our piss would eat away at a radiator faster than vinegar.
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