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    Post Source of Radiator water

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    Can I use bottled water (Nestle Pure Life) for filling the radiator?

    Otherwise, where is the best place to get water for the radiator?

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    A tap ?
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    "the source of radiator water"

    sounds like the new Tomb Raider movie!!!

    is this a trick question?

    you can use the tap. water from a stream. at a push muddy dam water will be okay!!

    just put antifreeze in it if you are putting a significant amount in... top ups just plain old water....

    I don't think even Rolls Royces get bottled water in their radiators!!!!

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    I'm sure the purified water will be fine. Remember to keep the water/anti-freeze in the correct ratio.

    I always use straight from the hosepipe (municipal supply).

    A cooling system in good order, should not loose water.
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    Would there be an advantage to distilled water?
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    I always keep a 2L bottle of 50% anti freeze handy for top ups if and when needed. The water part is straight from the tap.

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    According to some well respected forum members you should use distilled water:
    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...led#post573649
    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...led#post562442

    Of course, having the correct ratio of antifreeze is important, probably more so than the water source. 50% a good ratio for SA?

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    I seriously would not worry about using distilled water.

    bottled water has minerals and salts in it ANYWAY - it's different to distilled water which is pure water....

    Anti Freeze - you should check your manual, mostly glycol based anti freezes are the norm. 50% is usually recomended, not REALLY required here though... if it's a bit watered down it's not going to hurt, tops ups at the gargae from their oily old bucker has never harmed a car!!!

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    Why not just buy the pre-mixed antifreeze for top-ups, i.e. already mixed in the correct ratio like tha caltex ones
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    PS , bottled water is filthy !!! Don't you believe You magazine ?
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    My late Father only used rain water from the water tank, as it did not contain Chlorine. But, then, his '46 Chev Fleetmaster did not use antifreeze either.....
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    hmm, I use rain water, but i dont have municipal. Its out of a borehole, and leaves heavy scale on anything hot.

    Basically clean water, and try not to mix different antifreezes.
    I have uses premix, it just gets expensive.....
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