Your Guide to Making Your Own Anti-Freeze

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Your Guide to Making Your Own Anti-Freeze

Although a do-it-yourself batch of anti-freeze should only serve a car temporarily, desperate drivers often turn to these home brewed solutions in a jam. Creating vehicle coolant only requires a few materials and steps bolstered by an understanding of proper storage of these liquids.


Gather Your Supplies

When shopping for the appropriate tools, start by finding a large bucket or thick-walled jug that comes with a lid. Then locate a measuring device as well as a funnel that fits easily within the diameter of the opening of the measure to keep the process of combining the liquids tidy. If preparing this on the side of a road, focus on locating the funnel device and measuring cup only. Vehicle owners can guide the new antifreeze directly into the engine's coolant reservoir if needed. Anti-freeze consists of two different ingredients: distilled water and ethylene glycol. Many sell the latter in its mono form, but most petrol stations carry low cost antifreeze products that help keep an engine running until it reaches a mechanic. Purchase a bottle of one of these as well as a gallon or so of distilled water.


Mix the Ingredients

Before setting about the process of mixing your own anti-freeze, prepare an open air area by placing a tarp or newspaper on the ground if possible. Start adding portions of the each liquid, one cup at a time, alternating between the antifreeze and water. Keep pouring until satisfied with the amount in the storage container, or until the level of anti-freeze falls somewhere between the minimum and maximum indicators. Retain any excess amounts of the mixture for use until you take the car in for maintenance, and tightly seal the lid on the jug or bucket, as well as that of the coolant reservoir. Continue adding portions of the antifreeze to the reservoir as needed, but remember, this homemade concoction does not contain any of the additives on which the vehicle typically runs, so use it in emergencies or temporary circumstances only.


Store the New Anti-Freeze

Especially in environments where children and pets frequently roam, drivers should take extra precaution in the storage of coolant. Ingesting this liquid could result in significant internal damage and even death. Pick a spot high off the ground, like on the top of a shelving unit, and have frank discussions with children regarding the hazards of this solution. Make sure the storage container is labeled well, and only keep it until the car receives service from a professional. Just to be safe, also keep emergency contact information readily available.

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