Coolest Coolant - Keep Your Engine From Eating Itself

In previous articles (here and here), we covered some of the issues regarding today's ethanol blend fuel and how it can destroy the fuel system in your Classic with some rather disastrous consequences. But there is another corrosive gremlin attacking your motor and cooling system from the inside out...electrolysis.
What is Electrolysis?
Most people who own a Classic don't even know what electrolysis is or that it's a condition to be monitored. Electrolysis in an automotive cooling system can be hazardous to the lifespan of metal and in particular aluminum. 
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Electrolysis has eaten through the aluminum intake manifold to the intake runners

It is often left unnoticed until it is too late and leaks have already started to form. It's caused by current passing through the coolant medium in the cooling system. This sometimes happens after adding an aftermarket part or breaking a ground, and can be fixed by repairing it. To correct this type of electrolysis, the part or connection causing the excess current must be found and repaired. Check the manufacturer’s manual for TSB's, specifications, and procedures. Why it can be rather devastating to older cars is because of the body on chassis design vs unibody construction.

How Do You Know If Your Classic Has an Electrolysis Issue to be Corrected?
All vehicles with a cooling system suffer from this enemy, but it is especially noticeable in older cars. If you can inspect a very well preserved older car, you will notice the body and chassis are connected by a significant number of braided copper wires. They were placed there on purpose to allow for the flow of electrical current. In many cases, they are either broken or missing. Some are removed from Classics during restorations. 

The result of can cause numerous minor electrical problems such as dim lights or inoperative turn signals, but the major problem is more if not ALL electrical current is forced to flow from the body and chassis through the engine thereby accelerating the impacts of electrolysis. (Read more here)

How Do You Fix It?
There are a number of things which can be done to slow down electrolysis, such as re-installing missing or broken ground wires (which we recommend no matter what) using a sacrificial anode (typically attached to a radiator cap) along with yearly coolant replacement. But the most productive method to address is a modern waterless coolant. Here are two videos from Jay Leo's Garage covering the topic.

Waterless Coolant


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