My vehicle has broken down in the middle of a desert, I have some tools but I am out of water. I have the ability to make a fire.
I know that drinking antifreeze is fatal, but I am wondering if I can distill drinkable water from the antifreeze or any of the other fluids in the car.
I am also aware that automotive batteries are usually refilled with distilled water.
- Water mixed with antifreeze (radiator)
- Battery fluid
- Windshield washer fluid
- Brake fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Motor oil
- Transmission fluid (automatic)
- Gear oil (Manual transmission, differentials)
- Fuel (gas or diesel)
Short term survival is the goal, living long enough to die of cancer in 10 years because there was a carcinogen in something, is not a bad option.
We have an existing post Finding water in the dry wilderness but it does not address the several gallons of fluids that might be available in your automobile. This question is specific to automotive fluids.