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A couple of days ago, I rinsed it out using 1:10 ratio of vinegar and water and then rinsed that out using hot distilled water. Yesterday I held it up to screw in the fans and some water dripped out onto my pants and I looked at it and there was metal in it... I go and rinse it out a few more times with hot distilled water and then leave it alone. Just now, I pulled it up again to put it on my radbox and more water dripped out with metal just like before... What's wrong with it?
EDIT: Sorry, I meant to say that the water is coming out of the barbs... not leaks And, I'm wondering why there's metal floating around in the water even after I rinsed the rad with hot distilled water.
Edited by getllamasfast - 6/24/08 at 11:28am
    
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i thought all water even distilled oxidizes metal.
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i thought all water even distilled oxidizes metal.
Does that mean that there will always be metal floating around in my loop?
    
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Plug one port, then blow into the other port (try to pressurize it) - you will know pretty quickly if it is leaking. If not, it's probably just water pooling in the nooks and crannies around the frame.
    
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Plug one port, then blow into the other port (try to pressurize it) - you will know pretty quickly if it is leaking. If not, it's probably just water pooling in the nooks and crannies around the frame.
Sorry if my post wasn't clear, but the water is coming out of the barbs... I edited the op to clear this up. My question is; why is there metal in my water?
    
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You gotta rinse it a few times. How long did you leave the vinegar mix in?
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Did you flush everything when you first built your rig? It's possibly just metal filings from the manufacture of your rad. What kind of metal, and how big are the pieces (a pic would help). There is a lot of room in a rad for stuff to accumulate, and it takes a LOT of flushes to get it all out.
    
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About all it could be is cuttings from when it was tapped, just fill it up with rubbing alcohol, shake it up and pour it out...See if anymore comes out like that..If its bound up in cutting oil the alcohol should get it out...
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post #9 of 17
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You gotta rinse it a few times. How long did you leave the vinegar mix in?
I left it in for a few minutes. I followed ira'k's cleaning guide. I rinsed it about 5 times with hot distilled.

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Did you flush everything when you first built your rig? It's possibly just metal filings from the manufacture of your rad. What kind of metal, and how big are the pieces (a pic would help). There is a lot of room in a rad for stuff to accumulate, and it takes a LOT of flushes to get it all out.

There's a pic... sorry for the quality, but the little bits of white is what looks like metal dust.
    
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White metal dust means it is probably aluminum / aluminum oxide. Is your rad Al or Cu? What Al components do you have in your loop?
    
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