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      10-12-2012, 10:40 AM   #1
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Low coolant light

I had a warning light ping up for low coolant this morning. I read by a quick search that I need to mix coolant 50/50 with distilled water. is this true?

Also, do I need to use BMW coolant or can I use Halfords or similar?
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      10-12-2012, 02:24 PM   #2
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For a top up just use neat antifreeze.

As long as its reasonable quality stuff suitable for aluminium engines you'll be fine.
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Keep an eye on it!

This happened when my water pump went...
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Was it gradual or did it just pack up and dump all the coolant?
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Slow leak.

Got worse.
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Keep an eye on it!

This happened when my water pump went...

Yeh, I read about that on searching. Not good!

Ill try the anti-freeze for now. So neat is ok? Any Halfords type brand?
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As long as its suitable for ally engine components, yes.

As with anything, avoid the 'happy shopper no frills' one though
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As long as its suitable for ally engine components, yes.

As with anything, avoid the 'happy shopper no frills' one though
Will Halfords do anything decent?
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Anything from Halfords will be fine. I don't think the old stuff that corroded aluminium is even available to buy these days.
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Will Halfords do anything decent?
LOL, Halfords do plenty of decent stuff, just takes a while to find it.....

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Anything from Halfords will be fine. I don't think the old stuff that corroded aluminium is even available to buy these days.
Yeh, prob my age showing

Another 70's 'fix' - try putting an egg in the rad, that will seal any leaks
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Another 70's 'fix' - try putting an egg in the rad, that will seal any leaks
Porridge Oats if the hole was bigger, and sawdust in the gearbox of the A series to stifle the death whine of the layshaft bearing....
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Oh by 'eck, those were the days.

No laptops or CANbuses required, just a set of mole grips and a lump hammer would fix anything.
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