Originally Posted by MaddogMcCree
Thanks for the fast replies! Getting a little anxious though hehe. Skupples why do you say tear it down? Is there a risk of breaking the pump if it is clogged or so? Oreo thank for the alternative solution, depending on how it looks might try that first. Socks: replacing the fluid you mean i guess? Do i really need multiple gallons of water to flush? Would it then not be better to just first flush with tapwater and then distilled?
I would NOT put tap water through your Loop unless you intend to flush with at least a few gallon's of Distilled and a Mayhem's Blits Kit part 2 (Which coincidentally will need at least a few more gallons of Distilled to flush that too). Putting tap water in your loop is one of the worst things you can do, unless its thoroughly flushed with Distilled afterwards, in which case you should have just used distilled in the first place.
NP for the advice though! Glad to help. There is Risk to the Pump if its SO CLOGGED that it is not able to pump fluid properly, but really your biggest concern is burning the pump out, which is why I said to drain just a bit of fluid first which should get your pump able to start, and then see if your pump is working properly. Hopefully you have some kind of flow meter so you can see how well its pumping. Otherwise you may have to eventually turn your system on, and not just the pump, to check temps and make sure everything looks good. Until you are sure everything is running perfectly, to avoid burning out your pump I would recommend to not allow it to stay on for more than 2 minutes at a time, until you are certain it is pumping properly and that your flow/temps are looking good. And to Cut Power to the Pump Immediately if you hear any weird noises that indicate its having issues pumping fluid, or the second you realize that it is not pumping properly to avoid damage to the pump. If those scenarios happen, and draining a few mL Doesn't help then thats when you definitely should consider draining all the fluid and using a Blitz Kit.
@Socks Keep You Warm
is probably correct that flushing the fluid and refilling might be the best option, the problem is it depends where the gunk build up is, and whether just a normal flush will get all the gunk out. You could be in a situation where a lot of the gunk ended up in your Pump and built up in places that are hard to get out with just a normal flush. This is why
recommended using the Blitz Kit, specifically the Blitz Kit Part 2. If you aren't home yet, I would consider ordering one right now, depending on where you live I am pretty sure PCOutlet.com still has a few in stock, and if you are on the west Coast of North America they can get it to you in a few days. Amazon may have stock from PPC or TitanRig.com as well, in which case that might get to you faster.
The Blitz Kit comes with Part 1 and Part 2, definitely best not to confuse the 2. Part 1 is JUST for Radiators, and should be put to the side for a later date when it may be necessary to pull out a rad and thoroughly clean it separately. Part 2 is for running through your loop for 24 hours. It will do an amazing job of cleaning out any left over gunk built up in any part in your loop.
If you find that there is bad gunk build up, it would be a good idea to flush with at least 2 gallons of Distilled water, then fill with Part 2/Distilled Mix, let it run for at least 12 hours, although I would recommend a full 24 hours, then flush with at least another 2 gallons of Distilled, then your loop will be ready for whatever coolant you plan to use next. It also has the added bonus of making sure the pH Balance of your Loop is neutral, so if you are using good fluid, your parts will be cleaner then they were when you bought them from the factory, and you will be set up for success in your loop. In the future I would avoid pastels. Just my opinion, but I found it best to stick by this until there is a pastel on the market that can prove itself not to have this problem. Definitely would avoid mixing Pastels and Dye in the future as well. Just no Pastels, and you will be good! LOL!
Of course you can use Pastels and be fine, it just takes a crap ton more maintenance, and I just prefer to run Clear Distilled with Mayhems Biocide and Inhibitor Plus, or Clear XT1, as either of those set you up with a low Maintenance loop that, like Jensen, "It Just Works". LOL!
Good Luck, let us know how it turns out, you may end up being fine, and then can delay that Blitz kit flush until you are ready to switch out your coolant (I recommend using Blitz Kit Part 2 between each Coolant Change for best results, and One Blitz Kit Purchase gives you enough Part 2 to Flush at least 2 to 3 Times.)
Originally Posted by skupples
awe thanks, but i'm just another scrub.
i'd normally agree, if it were anything other than dye and pastel
I let an X1 build sit for 6 months, then powered it right back up, then let it run for 2 years before cleaning. Temps didn't shift, so no fux given.
oh great, usb power exceeded error.
too late for this shart.
You may be a scrub, but you are a knowledgeable scrub sir, you have my utmost respect!