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Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: dx92beater] #5008379
02/11/19 09:52 PM
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For drinking, Id go with the well water to get the minerals. For the couple of gallons max Id buy for cars every few years, distilled by the gallon is the way to go, IMO.

Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: JHZR2] #5008403
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Originally Posted by JHZR2
For drinking, Id go with the well water to get the minerals. For the couple of gallons max Id buy for cars every few years, distilled by the gallon is the way to go, IMO.


Too easy. I'd even splurge and buy the 50/50 stuff.


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Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: Leo99] #5008430
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Originally Posted by Leo99
Originally Posted by JHZR2
For drinking, Id go with the well water to get the minerals. For the couple of gallons max Id buy for cars every few years, distilled by the gallon is the way to go, IMO.


Too easy. I'd even splurge and buy the 50/50 stuff.



The stuff I use is about $20 for a gallon (Zerex G-05). They charge $18 for the premixed 50/50 stuff. I'd rather spend a $1 on distilled water and get two gallons for a total of $21 than spend $18 for one gallon. Or $10.50 vs $18. You'd rather pay an extra $7.50 because you can't be bothered to make your own mix? Plus when you make your own, you can go slightly stronger to get better freeze protection.

Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: dx92beater] #5008438
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The water in the coolant mix needs to be completely free of minerals; which is what distilled water is.

Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: dx92beater] #5008512
02/12/19 05:20 AM
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Ask yourself this. If you do all of your own coolant maintenance on your vehicle, how much do you think you actually spend on coolant fluids in it's lifetime, when compared to the cost of the vehicle itself? It's practically nil. So why shortcut it by not using distilled water, in order to save 2 bucks on a coolant change you do once every few years, or umpteen thousand miles?

Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: dx92beater] #5008532
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I and my dad and brother have always used filtered/treated well water mixed with coolant, without issue, in numerous cars that traveled over 100,000 miles on these type of mixed coolant. Two of our cars did another 200,000 miles beyond the first factory changes. Never had a spec of corrosion, extra wear or cooling issues. One is still on the original water pump at over 300,000 miles with Dex Cool/Well Water Mix since around 100k.

I would not use regular city tap water unless it was filtered or hose well water (unfiltered).


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Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: dx92beater] #5008563
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Originally Posted by dx92beater
My deep well water supply is loaded with filters and gadgets that I don't quite understand. I am assuming that it has at least a reverse osmosis system. I am working on identifying each part.

I already know that distilled water is cheap. I have been using it for years.

I just wanted to know if well water could ever contain as little of "x" as to be just as good as distilled water when mixing with coolant.

Just curious.

Thanks


You can get a simple electronic measuring device for dissolved solids. That should tell you. People use them to determine when to change the Brita filter for example.


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Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: dx92beater] #5008569
02/12/19 08:08 AM
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For what it's worth, I own a countertop water distiller and I have distilled well water with it. You do NOT want to put well water in your cooling system. It is full of minerals, limestone, etc. depending on where you live. My distiller is full of it every time I go out to the country and distill well water. When I measure the TDS of the well water before distilling it, it is 300+ easily cold and around 500 something hot. Definitely not something you want in your battery or cooling system.

Now on another note, distilled well water tastes extremely good!!!


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Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: Wolf359] #5008574
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Originally Posted by Wolf359
Originally Posted by PiperOne
Or just buy pre-mixed coolant and forget about it.


Naw, that's more money. For some reason, premixed 50/50 coolant is just about $1 or $2 cheaper than full strength. So you're paying almost double for what's basically a half gallon of distilled water.



True but you're paying for convenience.


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Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: dx92beater] #5008644
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I'd wouldn't use well water. Distilled water don't cost that much.


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Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: dx92beater] #5008692
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Well water is all over the map (literally, heh) in acidity, alkalinity, dissolved minerals and gasses. What works great in one area may not work in another.

Distilled water and Deionized water are always safe, or the pre-mix stuff if properly spec'ed for your vehicle.


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Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: dx92beater] #5008708
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What is the consensus on using the water collected in my dehumidifier...it's reputed to be 'distilled' .....


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Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: dx92beater] #5008719
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I must have been living dangerously all those years. Back in the day when my cars got old and the coolant level would drop I mixed tap H2O with antifreeze for the refills. Always kept me going.

Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: pbm] #5008766
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Originally Posted by pbm
What is the consensus on using the water collected in my dehumidifier...it's reputed to be 'distilled' .....


I'm sure it has collected some amount of airborne dust. The amount of dust depends on location of the dehumidifier and the rate at which water is collected.


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Re: Well water instead of distilled water? [Re: BMWTurboDzl] #5009216
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Originally Posted by BMWTurboDzl
Originally Posted by Wolf359
Originally Posted by PiperOne
Or just buy pre-mixed coolant and forget about it.


Naw, that's more money. For some reason, premixed 50/50 coolant is just about $1 or $2 cheaper than full strength. So you're paying almost double for what's basically a half gallon of distilled water.



True but you're paying for convenience.


Takes about a few minutes to mix it in it jug. I suppose if you're low on coolant and need some RIGHT NOW, then the convenience comes in handy. But every time I need it, I know in advance like when I'm changing the thermostat and know I need coolant, grab a full strength one and a gallon of distilled water from the local grocery store. Easy peasy.

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