Redline Water Wetter

[7/7/2001] Reviewed by: chris tran

Applicable to: 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

redline water wetter for the cooling system

i had an overheating problem so the first thing i did was flush the radiator and use the 50/50 mix. then when i changed the thermostat the problem was fixed. i added this water wetter for peace of mind b/c it's supposed to increase the efficiency of the cooling system.

works great; no problems since. i rev like there's no tomorrow...

Not an installed item

[3/11/2000] Reviewed by Rossiter (Ross) D. Livingstone -

Applicable to '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Redline Water Wetter. This product is supposed to increase the efficiancy of the cooling system.

I don't know if any of you have ever come across this situation before but I thought I should share the information I received from the technicians at Red Line Synthetic Oil Corporation regarding my recent experience with their Water Wetter product. It seems that if the PH of your coolant mix is too low the silicates in their product can come out of solution. In my case this manifested itself in the form of pea sized gelatinous globules forming in the coolant mix. These globules eventually float to the surface forming a thick scum. Fortunately, as I pre mix my coolant solution, this did not occur within the radiator. I can only imagine that flushing the gelatinous scum out of the cooling system would be quite a tedious chore, to say the least. The technicians at Redline suggested that the 50/50 mix is what caused the PH to drop too low and that using a lower percentage of anti-freeze and the minimum amount of Water Wetter in the mix should alleviate the problem.

The mix I was using at the time this occurred was as follows...

1 Gallons Prestone Ethylene Glycol Anti-freeze

1 Gallons Distilled Water

1 Bottle Redline Water Wetter (makes 3 to 5 gallons as per instructions)

FYI, changing the concentration of the mix in an effoert to adjust the PH after the fact did not bring the silicates back into solution. Rather than experiment with varying solutions I have opted to avoid the problem altogether by simply not using the Water Wetter product.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

Back to Product Reviews 20 April, 2002