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Old November 25th, 2008, 11:56 AM   #1
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how cold does it have to be to damage your motor


okay so i made a dumb ass mistake...not thinking about it...i forgot that when i replaced the thermostat and gasket a month or so ago...that i put water in it instead antifreeze because i had forgot to buy some and had intended on doing it by now but have had so much shit going on i forgot....will the water damage my block...its been about 22-30 degrees at night the past few nights. and about 50 during the day....
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Not smart lol. I'd let it thaw out in a garage for a week before you do anything. Your radiator is probably done bare minimum.
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Old November 25th, 2008, 12:45 PM   #3
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yea no kiddin lol i mean i been driving it everyday and it seems fine. but it just dawned on me today...i'm gonna be changing it all tomorrow.
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yea no kiddin lol i mean i been driving it everyday and it seems fine. but it just dawned on me today...i'm gonna be changing it all tomorrow.
hopefully it still had enough antifreeze in the block to keep it from freezing
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hopefully it still had enough antifreeze in the block to keep it from freezing
Hopefully so.....definitely check your radiator, your hoses, and all the freeze plugs on the motor, make sure everything is still solid.
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Old November 25th, 2008, 01:53 PM   #6
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i didn't drive it yesterday or today i just got rides to work, but i went out and started it for about 30 mins today before i left for work. it ran fine didn't seem to have any problems...i dunno i wouldn't think it would crack the block at just 20-25 degrees, but i dont know for sure, i know i had a honda that had nothing but water in it. and it sat outside in the snow for 2 days and never had an issue

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Old November 25th, 2008, 02:05 PM   #7
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interesting
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Old November 25th, 2008, 02:07 PM   #8
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probably was not cold enough for long enough to freeze things solid enough to due any damage. as you would already have leaks if it had. get it changed asap. Mustang gods looking over you! lol
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Old November 25th, 2008, 04:37 PM   #9
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No damage yet............ get r done, now.
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Old November 25th, 2008, 05:08 PM   #10
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yea def. gettin it done in the morning.
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I read a thread on the corral awhile back...guy had a brand new aftermarket block, probably rated at 1200+ HP, crack... Said it was from putting water in it and leaving the car outside for a couple nights... I don't know if he was telling the truth or what, but I'd get that changed asap. lol
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get that done man don't want to crack the block.
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Don't just wing it with your antifreeze/water mix. Get one of those antifreeze checkers from Wal-Mart. $3 is a small price to pay compared to a cracked block.

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you shouldnt have too many problems. Freeze plugs are in place for this sort of thing. They are there so that they will pop and let the ice expand without cracking your block. I would check those before running it too long because they just may have popped and you will lose coolant
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yea i got it changed last night and drove the car around all day...its running just fine. thanks guys
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Yea I was gonna say nothing happened. It didnt get cold enough for the water to freeze inside the block. The block is so thick it needs to be really cold to freeze water inside cause the metal kinda sorta insulates it. Not smart tho but yea no harm no foul. Live and learn
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you shouldnt have too many problems. Freeze plugs are in place for this sort of thing. They are there so that they will pop and let the ice expand without cracking your block. I would check those before running it too long because they just may have popped and you will lose coolant
trust me it will still crack..thats what they are for , but it doesnt give much help to not cracking the block
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I did the same thing. I moved from NC to CT and my mixture had very little anti-freeze. I kept telling myself to change the fluid. Before I knew it we had freezing weather. I took the radiator cap off and it looked like a snow cone inside my radiator. I didn't want it to freeze solid so I figured if I started the car it would warn up the water. It worked and I did not have any problems. If you think about it anti-freeze just keeps the fluid from freezing it does not control the temperature of the metal. So warming it back up by running the engine is like starting it any other day with anti freeze in it.
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whats antifreeze???












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just kidding i still use antifreeze and i only used distilled water in it too.
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