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thinking about finding clear antifreeze for cars to use in my loop

so im at the light at end of the tunnel for all my water-cooling parts and I got an idea:

what if I used clear antifreeze for cars instead of coolant for pc's?

was hoping it would be more anti corrosive and anti bacterial lol, and possibly lubricate pump better

not sure if it would damage my rug from any spills tho

most likely going distilled water and PT nuke or something but it was an idea

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I've done a bit of research on this when I considered a custom loop in the past and the feedback I saw others give was there's little to no benefit because antifreeze is designed to work in a much wider range of scenarios. For example, you're never starting up your PC in -40° conditions like you would a car. Also, antifreeze isn't nearly as affordable as distilled water so it just doesn't make sense.

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I have been using 20% prestone green antifreeze, with 80% distilled water, for 20+ years. works great, and hassle free, just replace it every two to four years.

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Automotive anti-freeze doesnt have much anti-bacterial stuff in it since it uses the high coolant tempture to kill that in a car.


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Quote: Originally Posted by bmgjet View Post
Automotive anti-freeze doesnt have much anti-bacterial stuff in it since it uses the high coolant tempture to kill that in a car.

really? here is my suggestion for you, look up what can grow in liquid ethylene, than come back here to explain to all of us, why your stated opinion above is wrong.

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Do not use automotive coolant, It has no biocide in it.
As a mechanic of 30 years I have seen what gunk grows in it when doing a recon on a car thats been sitting for a few years.

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From my experience with water cooling, the best thing you can do is run the loop 24/7. If you turn off the loop you give it time for stuff to grow.

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i mean, you can make your own home coolant, but you've still gotta account for growth and acid. not one or the other, and it should still be mostly water the more anti-freeze you use the lower your water's cooling potential will go.

idk what people's aversions are to spending $20 on mayhem's droppers. You've spent thousands on the rest of the system, why go cheap now?

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Quote: Originally Posted by majinsoftware View Post
Do not use automotive coolant, It has no biocide in it.
As a mechanic of 30 years I have seen what gunk grows in it when doing a recon on a car thats been sitting for a few years.

talk about thick, the misinformation on this subject is abysmal. so in your opinion 20 year old antifreeze, should be just as effective as antifreeze bought yesterday? do you not realize that antifreeze is a chemical, that looses it's potency as time passes? you are a mechanic right, how often are you suppose to change the antifreeze in a car? do you know why the antifreeze in a car needs to replaced every couple of years? here are just a few simple questions for you to answer.

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Quote: Originally Posted by toolmaker03 View Post
really? here is my suggestion for you, look up what can grow in liquid ethylene, than come back here to explain to all of us, why your stated opinion above is wrong.
Did a google search because maybe just maybe all these past threads on this topic were wrong over the years.
Google backed up what I said so Ill stick to what I said and recommend dont use automotive anti-freeze because stuff will grow in it.

You seem to be awefully invested in this thread attacking every ones comments, Whats that about?
Ah forget about it. I wont be checking this thread again.


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