42, The meaning of life
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I am not sure about the Anti Freeze, I'd be inclined to use it, but there are more knowledgable members than me.
As far as bleeding the air out of the cooling system goes:
Fill it as much as you can by removing the top hose from the radiator and pooring coolant in until its full, if possible do this with the front wheels higher than the back, on wheel ramps or inclined driveway etc.
Reconnect the hose, fill the expansion bottle and then start the car, put the heater on max and then rev the engine (1500 - 2000 RPM) to move the coolant around. If you are getting hot air out of the heater then apparently you are on the right track, if you aren't, then check if there is coolant entering the expansion bottle from the hose that runs across the top of the radiator from the left side of the radiator to the expansion bottle, if there isn't, check if there is a kink in that hose that will stop coolant and air from bleeding across, and progressively purging the air. Even if you do get the heater working properly, apparently it can take 3 - 5 hot-cold engine cycles to complete the process, so keep an eye on your coolant level in the expansion bottle.
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