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should i clean my new RX240 before use?

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hey ocn.

i just got my RX240 in the mail for my wc loop and im gunna put my loop together this weekend and ive heard that you should clean it out before putting it in a loop. how should i go about this? should i just pour some distilled water into it the close the inlet and outlet with the caps and shake the radiator?

i really dont have alot of tubing so i really dont want use it if possible.
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Yes, flush it with hot water 3 or 4 times, just fill it up part way, shake and repeat.
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Yes, flush it with hot water 3 or 4 times, just fill it up part way, shake and repeat.
so it can just be tap water? or distilled?
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post #4 of 19
what i like to do is turn the hot water on and fill it up then dump the water into a glass cup so you can see whats floating in the water then just keep filling and shaking till nothing is floating when you pour.

You can use tap water then if you want flush it out with distilled.
    
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post #5 of 19
Dont use tap water.

Use distilled with some malt vinegar. Roughly 4:1 ratio

Pour it in the rad and put stoppers on and shake as hard as you can without dropping the rad and then after just do it with distilled water coupel of times to get rid of the vinegar smell.

its always recommended to flush it before using.
post #6 of 19
you can use tap water to do the flushing, just make the final rinse with distilled.
post #7 of 19
yes flush it multiple times - either use something aggressive that you let sit in the radiator for 5 minutes to get out any remaining greasy stuff from the soldering (paste) or flush multiple times with VERY hot distilled water (wear gloves, the radiator gets hot!) - don't use tapwater, there are many things in there you don't want in your loop, especially if you'd like to keep it algae free.

edit: sorry, thrasherht is also right, you can of course flush with tapwater as long as you clean ou the rad very thoroughly afterwards
    
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not sure what all this business about not using tap water is but of course you can use tap water...
    
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not sure what all this business about not using tap water is but of course you can use tap water...
no you cant or you shouldnt. Its not distilled and got lots of other beasties inside it.
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no you cant or you shouldnt. Its not distilled and got lots of other beasties inside it.
Umm yes you can, just for flushing purposes. You just do the final rinse with distilled and it gets rid of the remaining tap water. No point in wasting distilled water when you don't need to.
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