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Either keep it empty (or half empty, as the manual suggests), or run a mix of water and pure alcohol, with enough alcohol that it won't freeze.

You probably won't need the spray in the winter anyway though....
 

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Is there an easier way to take the water out ofthe tank other than keep pushing the i/c button?
 

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probably not any easier way. I can think of some good excuses to have to keep spraying :D
 

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I will be trying that this weekend. Looks like the temperatures around here are going down like mad!! :(
 

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i was just at the dealer and they brought up draining the I/C water tank. i was going to do it anyway, just run it dry. while there the mechanic mentioned that some people have asked about running winshield washer fluid or the water/alcohol mix. now...i was given a really good reason not to run the water/alcohol mix. the line from the tank to the intercooler runs through the inside of the car. now alcohol is flammable, as is windshield washer fluid. if say something sparked or there was a fire that would burn as well and although it may not be catastrophic it could be bad enough. just run the tank dry, if its cold enough that water will freeze you won't need to spray anyway.
 

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For the first winter, I'm going with the mfg recommendations and just keeping it half full (this is the easiest solution). IF something breaks due to ice expansion, it's under warranty. I wouldn't advise running the pump dry, generally pumps don't like to run dry and you may have to prime it to get it started next year...
 

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While you may be able to get the pump dry, you won't get all of the lines dry. There will always be some amount of water still in the lines. Hopefully not enough to do damage though.

-Lance
 

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the pump is more than likely self-priming. where i live i am not going to be needing the water spray over the winter anyway. i did'nt run the tank dry either, just until the light came on. of course now i have to look at the darn I/C spray light. i think this is more of an issue in places where it gets below freezing at night and hot during the day. Like the desert.
 

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I put a mixture of 70% distilled water and 30% methanol. This is what Delta Airlines and the Air Force use to keep water from freezing in airplanes. It's safe enough to use without having to worry about combustion in an accident or some kind of crazy event. I will run this all year long. Methanol evaporates really fast, helping dissapate heat away faster, than just water. I would think that if you use a similar mixture with alchohol you could attain the same results.
Tell me what you guys think?
 

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sounds good, but not really necessary. Definitely wouldn't hurt anything that I am aware of.
 
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What I don't understand is why would anyone need the I/C during cold periods??? The whole point of the I/C is to cool the intercooler which already is fed by a giant hood scoop feeding it cool/cold air. I would think the water spray to be a mute point when it's cold outside. No? If the air is below freezing then logicaly the water will be warmer than the air or else it will be frozen.
 

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I am going to try using a bildge pump and putting it ionto the trunk's resevoir while the vehicle is parked on a hill. I will let you guys know how that works.
 

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Davenow said:
drivetrain means transmission driveshaft and axles.
Not intercooler spray

Please post in the correct forums.
Bwhahah Davenow look at the date of the post. I have a feeling this guy is long gone. :) But you are correct...give Gumpa a warning.
 

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I actually found that the best method for draining the tank is just by purchasing a simple NEW not used Kerosene Pump. It's cheap, $3.00, and it easily drains the entire tank of water. Just stick the tube into the deepest part of the resevoir and pump the water out. Beats pushing the button all day.
 

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i have a cheaper solution.....straw and your mouth....hope you know where that water has been
 
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