I was doing some maintenance on my SAAB c900 convertible over the weekend. I noticed the coolant was low and I went to fill it up.
Now, when you have a container of anti-freeze, it's not pre-mixed. You have to mix it with 50% water to have the most effective concentration of the stuff. Which means you need a second container to mix the coolant in.
For decades I've just grabbed whatever container was handy, did the mixing and put it in the car.
I've been thinking for years that I should make a simple container to use for this. You might think, well, of course, dummy, that makes sense. So I did it.
It's hard to eyeball 50% in a container, at least for me, so I marked the level on the jug as you'll see below.
First step: label the container so you don't mistakenly think it's iced tea, and drink it.
Note that I've filled the jug up to the 2 quart/half gallon mark with water.
Also note that as I said above, if I had filled this thing to what I thought was halfway, I would have been way off. Since the jug is narrower at the top, the marks are not equally spaced. But they are accurate.
I really should have a funnel for this - I always have spillage.
In my case, I put in close to a half gallon (about 1.75 liters)! I think I have a slow leak in one of the coolant hoses, and I need to investigate.
I wonder if domestic Swedish models only had Swedish labels?