What happens if I don't add water to my antifreeze?
I accidently put straight antifreeze into my car today. I went back and added some water, but I know a lot leaked out from the overflow valve. I continued to add water little by little despite it leaking from the overvlow valve. Will my car be ok?
- IronhandLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Your little car will be fine. The only risk factor here is that the coolant won't give up its heat as well in the radiator, and will freeze a little higher temperature. Not a MAJOR issue.
The next time you top it off, add plain water to balance out.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
I have always heard that a 50-50 mixture of antifreeze and water has the lowest freezing point, but I'm no chemist. Nowadays you can buy pre-mixed 50-50 antifreeze to top off your cooling system if it gets low. Pure antifreeze is probably okay unless you live in the arctic.
- RudedudeLv 41 decade ago
If your car have straight antifreeze in it the boiling point will be so high that the engine will fail before overheating.You would have had to drain every last drop from the system to do this. If your coolant was down slightly and you topped it up with even 1 gallon it would not harm it at this point.
- kijekLv 43 years ago
water is the solvent so there should be boiling factor elevation and freezing factor melancholy. Antifreeze is a non risky solute so once you upload it to the water, the vapor pressure will equivalent atmospheric pressure at a larger temp. Likewise, the freezing factor will decrease.
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- THE WAR WRENCHLv 41 decade ago
you might want to get the proper amount of mix in becouse straight antifreeze can crystlize in your engine and couse some damange 50/50 is always the safest when you by anti freeze by it premixedSource(s): pro mechanic
- HADITDUNLv 51 decade ago
YES, BUT IF IN THE WINTER WHEREVER YOU LIVE IF IT GETS COLD YOU SHOULD USE JUST STRAIGHT ANTIFREEZE. CAUSE OF COLDER CLIMATES H2O FREEZES. ONLY IN THE SUMMER CAN YOU H20 THE ANTIFREEZE DOWN.
- 1 decade ago
Yes your car will be ok,I do it all the time and top it up with water when ever it needs it.
- yankeegray_99Lv 51 decade ago
afetr a time it will be, if there is too much ethylene-glycol (antifreeze) the engine will actually overheat too quickly,because there is virtually no cooling
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Straight antifreeze or coolant is what your supossed to use, what is this fixation with having water in it?
why put in so much that its leaking out? not to mention if you have any cats or dogs around that they will drink it and DIE!!!!
- Ms. QLv 51 decade ago
I dont know you maybe able to find out by going to www.carmaintenance101.com