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    Default If stuck, could you use washer fluid to replace coolant?

    Hyperthetically, if you had a coolant leak and it was freezing cold, could you use a strong solution of washer fluid as a stop gap?
    Would it cause any damage?

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    mmm, dont think a top up would hurt it really but I wouldnt like to try lol

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    Just wondering what the difference there is in the composition. I think coolant has additives to stop corrosion etc, both have glycol or somesuch to stop freezing.
    I wouldnt want to try it either, just wondering.....

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    Surely it would just bubble and foam?

    On the plus side, you'd have a squeaky clean cooling system

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    no, no,no.no,do not do this!! keep anti freeze stocked up!

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    if its just to get you a short distance, just use water.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    as above, alot safer

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    As Big Dave said - I imagine bubbles and foam woudl be your biggest issue. Personally, I would rather pee in it!

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    I wouldn't put screenwash in there. Surely if they were the same, then it would be sold as a multi-purpose product. There are no cooling or anti-corrosion aids. This time of year, I wouldn't run it on water only either, as you never know when the weather will make a quick change and get really cold. Could get up one morning next week and it's -6.

    A mate of mine a few years back had a Volvo, and just had water only in it. One cold morning he got in and started the car, it was fine. However, a few miles down the road the engine just seized. The water had frozen and cracked the engine block - a massive cost to put right, so he just got rid of the car. All for the sake of him spending about £4, and 10 minutes work.

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