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How additives like antifreeze stop car radiators from freezing?
Question Date: 2014-09-09
Answer 1:

Water freezes when water molecules pack into a somewhat regular pattern. The active ingredient in antifreeze is generally glycol, which interferes with water's ability to pack, and this prevents the water from freezing.

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