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Old 08-18-2006, 04:34 PM   #1
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Just how bad for you is coolant?

I kinda accidently snorted some and it stings...


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Not that bad from my experience, unless you actually swallowed some, but it would be a good idea to rinse with some water or saline solution at a minimum.

While it is illegal, there have been cases where wine in France and Austria have been spiked with auto antifreeze to add "sweetness" and make it more valuable. Small amounts, of course, as it is posionous in any appreciable quantity and, strictly speaking, even small amounts should not be ingested.

It's worse for small animals, so please do not leave any residual amounts on the driveway or street:

http://www.cah.com/dr_library/antifreeze.html

If you are concerned, you could always call your poison control center, just to be sure, since they say 4 ounces can be fatal:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/000774.htm

OTOH, I've sucked a bit in my mouth, spit it out, and seem to lived a few years since then.

Still, a poison control center could give you better advice if you are concerned.

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You...... 'accidentally'.... SNORTED.... some coolant?
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^^^^exactly what I was thinking

so, how much did your friends bet you to snort the stuff, and how drunk were ya?

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Ummm.........how does THAT happen?? You should be fine though, lol. Hey Matt, PM me or give me a call here at work, 800-849-0233 and ask for Mike in parts.
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k i want the story behind this...
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haha, well this was my first time draining my radiator on the focus. and first off the draincock in the SPI is nothing like the Zetec one. there is nowhere to put a drain tube. at first it was like one drip per minute then i bumped the draincock just a tiny bit when i was moving and it shot all over my face and transmission valve body. it happend right when i was breathing in and i forgot to stop breathing and ended up bumping a line of anti-freeze. total bummer.
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i'm ok but im kinda pissed. i couldnt find anywhere in the service manual or the forc software how much coolant goes in so i dumped the whole bottle when i was only supposed to put 1/4 of it in! so I have to drain most of it again and put more water in. I hope I don't end up sniffing any more when I do it this time.

and penguin thanks for the sincerity. i appreciate it. just to ease your mind i bring all my oil and coolant to specified local dumping points. the closest one to me is a Valvoline. They hate me for doing it myself and give me a snooty attitude when I bring it there which sucks but hey they over charge.
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