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I've got two brand-new Black Ice SR1 Radiators coming in tomorrow. Would I get any benefit from using vinegar to flush the radiator instead of hot distilled water?

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I always use both 70C water +10% white vinegar,shake,shake,..flush multiple times with distilled
    
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are you asking if its worth flushing your radiator, or if its worth flushing your radiator with vinegar?

I've always found that flushing your radiator will bring ot small particles inside that factories would often leave behind because they weren't thorough enough.

a mix of distilled water and 10% vinegar (i think this is it, not 100% sure though) should be enough. That's what I've always used. and after, make sure you flush it with some more distilled water.
    
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I prefer hot tap water from a pull-out sink faucet for ten minutes (five min left port hub, five min right for a total of 2.2 GPM = About 10 Gallons) before running 4 quarts of near boiling distilled through them as a final rinse.
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are you asking if its worth flushing your radiator, or if its worth flushing your radiator with vinegar?
I planned to flush my rad, just wasn't sure if I should add vinegar or not.. I've heard a lot of people say that newer rads have water soluble flux and wasn't sure if the guide I was using was out-of-date / obsolete.

I will use the 10% vinegar solution as recommended above. Thanks!

I can't use water from the faucet as where I live, the water is VERY hard.. We can't use filtration systems on our tap water because the filter would be completely plugged up with minerals within weeks.

There's just so many mineral deposits in our tap water (comes from the Adirondacks), including other things such as chlorine and fluoride I think I'll just stick to distilled water + vinegar. Really, I don't even know what else is in our tap water, but it's got so many minerals in it, it's not even perfectly clear (more of a slightly white murky color).


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Edited by Sidicas - 12/28/10 at 7:01am
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Another thing I want to warn you is don't leave the vinegar inside the radiator too long, it can corrode the radiator if it is left in the radiator too long. Make sure to flush the radiator with distill water afterward then you should be good to go.
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I attached some tubing to one of the fittings on my rads and then held the tube over the end of a tap for a couple minutes, then flushed it with distilled, I didn't see any 'bits' or anything like I was expecting, do I need to boil some water and use that with vinegar or should they be ok?

rads are Black Ice GT Xtreme 140mm Radiator, Black Ice SR-1 120 Radiator
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