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Old 06-01-2003, 05:53 PM   #1
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I used this stuff before in my 2001 Firebird Formula (which I dumped to get my WRX), but I heard that it can freeze up the A/C compressor on the F-bodies. Has anyone had this problem on the WRX at all?
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Old 06-01-2003, 06:15 PM   #2
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I just put some in. THe only thing I've heard is to not use it in the winter.
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Old 06-01-2003, 07:00 PM   #3
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Yes, I already used the search feature.

I used this stuff before in my 2001 Firebird Formula (which I dumped to get my WRX), but I heard that it can freeze up the A/C compressor on the F-bodies. Has anyone had this problem on the WRX at all?
Why would the watter wetter have anything to do with your a/c? I use it on my WRX and ahve had no problems. I also used it on a turbo RX-7 with no problems. I use it in addition to antifreeze, not just mixed with plain water.

-my 0.02
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Old 06-01-2003, 08:13 PM   #4
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Used it in Alaska & Las Vegas. With anti-freeze it works like a champ.
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Old 06-01-2003, 11:23 PM   #5
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Yes, I already used the search feature.

I used this stuff before in my 2001 Firebird Formula (which I dumped to get my WRX), but I heard that it can freeze up the A/C compressor on the F-bodies. Has anyone had this problem on the WRX at all?
I've never heard of that.. god bless water wetter
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Old 06-02-2003, 01:09 AM   #6
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I've been running it for nearly a year - and noticed a drop in temperatures. No issues either
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Old 06-02-2003, 01:45 AM   #7
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It is a known fact that when you put water wetter in an F-Body car it will freeze the A/C compressor. The reason is that aliens from the planet Mercury love F-Bodies but they also require a very warm environmet to live so they suck out the water wetter and destroy the A/C compressor.

Take a moment to learn about engines and the parts associated with them. You will find that there are several systems that operate within your car that are independant of each other, but they all have to function properly to make the car run well.

There is a great web site, HowStuffWorks that explains many mysteries of the world, check it out.

Seriously, if you want to learn more about cars, take an autoshop class at the local JC, it is a great way to get hands on experience so you don't get ripped off.
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Old 06-02-2003, 09:32 AM   #8
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Yes, I already used the search feature.

I used this stuff before in my 2001 Firebird Formula (which I dumped to get my WRX), but I heard that it can freeze up the A/C compressor on the F-bodies. Has anyone had this problem on the WRX at all?
The only way Water Wetter could be related to freezing parts of the HVAC in your car is if you use ONLY water wetter and water with no antifreeze solution. If the water sits in your heater core and you have the thing turned all the way cold, there's no circulation of hot coolant through there and the A/C's super-cold air will eventually freeze the heater core with the non-circulating coolant in it, which will probably cause the heater core to crack open.

The water wetter helps increase the rate of heat transfer between metal parts and your coolant mixture, but it does nothing about freezing point depression or boiling point elevation like antifreeze does.

For track cars you can run pure water + wetter but for street cars, you should use at least 25% antifreeze to provide the necessary lubrication, rust prevention, and freeze-protection.

If you absolutely must run a pure water/water wetter solution with no antifreeze, make sure you never run your A/C (or defroster which uses the A/C) unless you have your heat knob turned up at least a notch or two to allow a small amount of hot coolant to continuously flow through the heater core.

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Old 06-02-2003, 12:56 PM   #9
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From Redline's description of Water Wetter:

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FREEZING POINT DEPRESSION
Red Line WaterWetter® does not significantly reduce the freezing point of water. If the vehicle will see freezing temperatures, an antifreeze must be used. ... Even in summertime, the use of air-conditioning can blow freezing air through the heater and cause freezing of the heater core unless approximately 20% antifreeze is used.

The problem is that the A/C can drop the coolant below freezing, which would be a problem if you are running straight water without antifreeze.
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