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I am putting my car away for the winter..I have a 2006 Cobalt SS. Problem is..I dont see a block heater??..Does it have one??

Also, If it does..Where would it find it?..I looked and looked..So I am thinking I dont have one. :(

Thanks for the help.. :)
 

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I doubt you have one. It is an add-on.
Check to see what your anti-freeze is good until. If it is stored outside you will need to have a really strong blend or just straight antifreeze.
If you want you can go buy\install a block heater or just drain your antifreeze. Chances are the last option is not needed.
 

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do NOT put straight antifreeze!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the fluid will freeze!!!!!!!!!!!!!
best mix is 50% antifreeze and 50% water to hold up to -40 degrees F
 

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Do not drain your antifreeze. The 50/50 mix should work for you. Be sure to fill the tank as full as you can get it. This helps cut down on water condensation. Be sure to start and move the car around a couple feet in both directions to keep everything moving at least once a month. Be sure not to leave it in the same spot so the tires do not get flat spots in them. I have been storing the cavalier for six years now and it still looks and runs like new.
 

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Thanks everyone for the help...I will call my dealership on Monday and ask them.

Should I also put some fuel stabilizer in the gas tank??
 

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do NOT put straight antifreeze!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the fluid will freeze!!!!!!!!!!!!!
best mix is 50% antifreeze and 50% water to hold up to -40 degrees F
How do you think that straight anti freeze is going to freeze? You do know that to have stronger protection you reduce the amount of whater. Do you think there is a chemical reaction by adding water, which has no chemicals?
 

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i am a technician in the auto industry, if you put straight antifreeze in it, it will freeze
i have 4 years of schooling and have been told many times
read the front of the coolant jug
its either 50/50 or full antifreeze and it says to add water
if the mixture is more water it will freeze at a +temp
if its straight antifreeze it will also freeze at a + temp also
it has to do with the density of the mixture
 

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i am a technician in the auto industry, if you put straight antifreeze in it, it will freeze
i have 4 years of schooling and have been told many times
read the front of the coolant jug
its either 50/50 or full antifreeze and it says to add water
if the mixture is more water it will freeze at a +temp
if its straight antifreeze it will also freeze at a + temp also
it has to do with the density of the mixture
I will read a bottle because even though I have never seen\read this before doesn't mean that I can't be wrong.
 

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well take a cup of antifreeze and put it in the freezer and it will freeze
make it a mixture of water and ant. it will not freeze
coolant will freeze at 32 degrees F
it has ethline glycol in it and water activates it

put pure antifreeze in it and youll be crying that you need a new engine after a good freeze about 10 degrees, thats because the the block cracked
 

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Werll, granted this book is old, but I doubt the properties have changed:
56th edition of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics says that the melting point (same as freezing...) of ethylene glycol is -11.5C - 11.3F
boiling point is 198C - 388F

One thing that I could not find though, is if it expands when it freezes....
 

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I'm in the south so ive never been concerned with freezing, but boiling is a big deal. Water transfers heat and cools your engine much much better than ethylene glycol. Water IS the coolant.

50/50 mix of Dexcool and water is supposed to protect to -34F
 
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