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Old 01-18-2009
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Someone correct me if this is inaccurate.It was explained to me many years ago that straight antifreeze would freeze at a higher temperature than antifreeze mixed with water.
I've had unopened jugs of Prestone freeze at -25 sitting next to a gallon of mixed 50/50 that flowed fine.
Correct, to the best of my knowledge, and I believe straight anti-freeze has less high temperature tolerance as well.

Straight antifreeze needs dilution, but they do also sell pre-mixed 50/50 antifreeze/water.

The advantage of buying it straight is that you can tailor percentage dilution to your particular climate/temperature requirements.

P.S. Cold snap in Canada, NE US just coming to an end - temps up here ranged -15 to -25 C for about a week; with wind chill, subtract about another 10 degrees C or so; don't know exactly how that translates to Fahrenheit, but it was darn cold.

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Premixed FTW.

Havent had any problems with my truck in this crazy cold other than the original battery finally dying. Green Top Interstate 600cca FTMFW!!!
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Premixed FTW.

Haven't had any problems with my truck in this crazy cold other than the original battery finally dying. Green Top Interstate 600cca FTMFW!!!
Yeah, funny thing about cold weather - it always brings out the worst in machinery.

Funny thing, I also replaced my original battery (6 years) just before the cold snap - also changed the alternator (2nd one) at that time; just glad it was before the cold came.

To keep it close to thread topic (anti-freeze) - I usually run 60/40 antifreeze to water - just because we always get these crazy cold snaps, and you never know when they will pop up - better safe than sorry.
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