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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old May 17th, 2004, 16:24   #1
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Default Topping off G12 - where to get deionized water?

I got a gallon of G12 today, just to top off the reservoir. (No leak, it was just delivered with the coolant at the "Min" line). I had assumed I could use distilled water, but the bottle says to mix with de-ionized water. Now wally world has everything, but not that [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Where do I find deionized water?

Also... the coolant I bought was part #G 012 A8FA4. It appears to be the "new" red variety? Any problem mixing this with my existing pink/orange G12??

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Old May 17th, 2004, 16:47   #2
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Default Topping off G12 - where to get deionized water?

The coolant you got is backward compatible with previous versions of G12 and G11.

Distilled water will work just as well. Grocery stores often have distlled and de-ionized water by the gallon bottle.
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Old May 17th, 2004, 18:31   #3
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Default Topping off G12 - where to get deionized water?

I did the *exact* same thing yesterday. My coolant has been right below the Min. line in the overflow reservoir for forever.:-/
I had to guy a gallon of G12, I used about 5 ounces of it. As for the distilled Water, as Mogolf says, I just bought mine at the grocery store in a gallon jug.
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Old May 17th, 2004, 19:13   #4
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Thanks Glen & Joe.
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Old May 18th, 2004, 19:57   #5
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Default Topping off G12 - where to get deionized water?

How often should you flush and fill the coolant? I've gone about 40K since I bought mine with 55K on it, so I figure it's about time.
I'm thinking I'll just buy the coolant and bring it down to Valvoline Instant Oil Change. They've got that "sucker-outer" thing. I figure they'd charge me $10 or something and I'll be in and out in 20 minutes.
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Old May 21st, 2004, 16:56   #6
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VW's coolant is a good product and doesn't need to be flushed. Leave it be, top up as necessary, or refill whenever the system is opened up for component replacement (e.g. water pump replacement).
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Old May 21st, 2004, 17:23   #7
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Default Topping off G12 - where to get deionized water?

I remember attempting to flush a coolant system a bunch of years ago. I was never sure about the mix = had to use one of those specific gravity ball thingys. Not to mention that I wasn't using distilled water. Both factors I think would argue for not flushing.
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Old May 21st, 2004, 18:36   #8
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Default Topping off G12 - where to get deionized water?

Ok, so I topped up the coolant with G12 and distilled water. Peeking down into the coolant tank, I noticed some fine "dirt" particles that seemed to be sitting near the bottom of the tank. I have never opened the coolant tank before this.

Anything to be concerned about? Just normal radiator crud??
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 05:33   #9
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It's normal. Don't worry about.
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Old May 22nd, 2004, 05:59   #10
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Casting sand, as said before normal
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