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Old 08-04-2004, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got my new radiator in and I bought to gallons of coolant and when I fill the resevior up it only takes in like half a gallon and doesnt go down at all. Am I doing something wrong here. Please help asap, im working on the car right now.
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Old 08-04-2004, 02:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you need to bleed it into the system, the car should be on once you have filled it to the top , start the car and let the coolant circulate through the system, you should notice that you can add more and more as you bleed the system right.
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Take out the little bleeder screw right next to the coolant fill thing.
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dont forget to crank the heat up in the car too and having someone rev the engine some helps too...
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Ok, I've got the radiator in and I've been trying to put the coolant in but I think something else might be wrong because the coolant doesn't circulate very well. I'm thinking it could either be the thermastat or the water pump. What are some signs I could check for without them apart? I gotta get my car working by saturday, any help needed. Thanks guys
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Well... if you have put the coolant in it the correct way.. and it still wont take any more fluid... there is only one thing that comes to my mind... that could stop you filling it all the way up... it could be your thermostat holding back that fluid... because your thermostat is faulty. (Operation of the thermo is when the car is cold.. .it doesnt let the coolant circulate... but when it is warm.. it lets it run into the block.) Either that or something wasnt installed correctly...
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so does that rule out the possibility of my water pump being broken? I'm almost positive that it's the thermastat but I just want to make sure.
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Why you drained the fluid did you drain the block as well?
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how do i go about draining the block cause that might be the problem. When the car is on and i have the coolant cap off, the coolant will go down and then go back up which makes me think that the thermastat is working somewhat. I'm about to go back out on my car soon.
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Look up a how to for draining the coolant. There's a screw somewhere. I did the same thing when I changed my stuff. I pulled the plug on the radiator, then when my car took like half a gallon of coolant I was all worried.

I think understeer.com has a good one for it.
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The bolt is on the right side of the engine looking forward... right beneath the exaust manifold... if its not under no. 3 then its between the two headers. But down about 6-8 inches... from the manifold.... on my car.. its right behind an oxygen senson.

This is to of course drain the block of coolant.
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Ok so I did everything and the car still runs hot. It's gotta be the thermastat. Does anyone know if it's easy to do this cause I'd rather do it myself than pay a shop to do it.
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t stat is quite easy to do. Did you have somebody inside the car revving wth the heat on high, while you poured in more coolant?

As long as you're messing with everything, check your waterpump. Just look at see if the fan is spinning and if it's going very slowly or not at all your water pump too a crap.

Problem doesn't sound like a normal t-stat issue. Could have stuck close, if it did, go buy a lotery ticket.
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Oh well, I'm taking it to the shop tomorrow cause I dont have any time to work on the car even though i'd like to cause its gotta be done before i go on vacation or the vacation will suck without my car
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