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    Coolent light came on this morning so topped it up with some antifreeze, just poped out 2 see if it's all ok, opened it up to have a look and it's gone to a mud like texture, brown in colour. Never seen this before what should I do

    thanks mike
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    Blown headgasket or cracked head mate. Its gone like that because it has mixed with your engine oil.
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    what was it like before you put the antifreeze in?

    if you mix the wrong antifreezes ive seen it go muddy before

    drain and replace. and you hve to get the stat out to flush the block and we all know that getting the stat off a 20vt is totally totally impossible!!!111123
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    jesus christ. i thought my answer was a bit dramatic but i think you definately take the biscuit
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    No it was fine before I put the new antifreeze in, got 2 drive it back home 30miles in a bit then I'll drain flush and refill it, cars been running fine and temp is normal. Hopefully a clean out will sort it out then
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    what anti freeze did you add and what was in it before?

    mixing the wrong stuff turns antifreeze to sludge

    youll want to back flush the rad, block, everything

    personally id clean it and fill it with water. run the car for a couple days and start again till it runs clear then put the normal G12 in it.

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    I second the above, thats exactly what I would do as well.
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    I put some ready mixed halfords stuff which I know I shouldn't have done in the 1st place but thought it might be ok, the stuff already in there I'm not sure what it is. I've checked my oil and seems fine and just poked a pen into the coole t to see if was mud like all the way through but it seems to of just caused a layer on the top underneath is water like and is a bron colour, mate was saying if oil was in it then the colour would be whiteish

    what's the best way to clean the system out
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    did you mix g11 and g12?
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    that would do it.

    g11 shouldnt be in a 20vt lump tho
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    get the hoses off the rad and use the bottom pipe to back flush it

    stat out and flush the block

    fresh water in. run it for a few days and do it again. you could even put some biological washing powder in to disperse any grease thats in there if you really fancy it

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    You need some of the pink stuff, either actual G12 Plus or an equiv OAT compatable antifreeze.

    As stated flush it and get that crud out and all good
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    i think they actually renamed it again to G12++Plus

    lots of pluses
    its slightly purple now, but it apparently mixes with anything. its a right ****
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    flushed my system using dishwasher tablets
    i now offically have the cleanest tubes in britain lol

    drain that cr*p out your sytem refill with water, crush up two tablets and pour into header tank, go for a 10 min drive, drain and repeat as many times it takes untill it looks like you have got it all out, easy peasy mate
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    sounds mental but jonny isnt joking, works a treat. you dont want the **** pluging the little channels through the rad
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    Absolutely agree with the above.

    Audi S3's live longer with Calgon.

    (it even works with the tune....)
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    the petrol fumes are doing you in son
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    hes spent too much time in that garage surrounded by heads, bent rods, busted blocks etc

    i think he was a bit suspect before but now i think the best thing would be section the poor fella
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    On the Q & A for the product....

    'Can I use this to top up G12 coolant in my 05 Golf GTI? '

    Halfords Ready Mixed Top Up Antifreeze is the most suitable product from our range with which to top up your 2005 VW Golf being that it is an OAT based coolant similar to that recommended by the manufacturer.

    Similar? WTF is similar? The answer they were looking for was 'No, you should use G12+ or G12++, but use this because we don't care and just want to sell it to you for a million quid......'

    Retards.
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    Sign me up doc....

    Free lodgings and food? Yes please.... Better than being a working citizen in this country at the moment.
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    well i think his thread is such a breath of fresh air on a forum where half the members wont even know if their car has an engine or not
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    Whats an engine? :think:
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    actually that does sound good doesnt it?!!
    :jump:

    good thread to read, wouldnt want to be on welly's side of the computer though, more than likely i would of had a minor heart attack by now with all the ups and downs lol
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    It has been a bit like that. One minute it was a quick and easy head removal. Then the block swap. Then the second head removal and refit.

    Still, as my sig says..... Never take life too seriously.... Noone gets out alive anyway!

    To be honest mate, I've had help from a couple of good mates, we've had a laugh, smoked probably a thousand cigarettes, and boogied and made stupid lyrics to songs. All in all, a good crack really. :)

    All in all, hard work, disappointing at times, but not all bad!
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    Funny enough i came across it before, pulled some handle in the car and it just appeared out of thin air

    I know i shouldnt of used the shitty halfords stuff but that was all that was around, was 4am and needed to get 2 work but lesson learnt not to but **** in the car as it will result in **** happening, just never heard of it going into a mud like mixture
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    ah its a risk, unless you knew it was going to sludge, what can you do... there are quite a few different types, some cause more of a mess than others.

    this could be a good time to get a new expansion tank. they make engine bays look great, even im tart enough to have bought a new one before. £9 from VW
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    Too funny man dude! :laugh:
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