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Old 08-16-2013, 03:51 AM   #1
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Radiator refill

Drained the radiator (97 GT) yesterday just to change fluids. When I refilled it only took about 7 quarts. Does this sound right? Looking at the Haynes manual shows 14. Did I screw such a simple task up?
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Turn the car on with the cap off and start adding more fluid, its gotta get down into the system. Then burp it and rinse/repeat till its got a good fluid level in it.
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Burp it?
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I thought the entire system hold that much, but you will not empty it all in a simple drain, just the amount in the radiator. The coolant in the block and stuff went come out if you just drain the radiator.

I've read most people will drain the radiator, refill, run the engine, drain and refill, run the engine, drain and refill, etc to make sure they get as much fresh coolant throughout the entire system as possible.

Though only way to replace it all was a complete flush
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That seems logical. Just seems hard to get the proper ratio when you can't get everything out.
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Fill up the radiator via the hose by the thermo housing. Then fill reservoir. Run the car with the heater on full blast and let it run for 20 min. Drive it around a bit to open the thermostat and if it appears to overheat run the heater on. After cool the car down open and fill up the reservoir. If u wanna burp it you could loosen the temp sensor while runnin to bleed the air out of the system. Many ways to do it
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