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Old October 9th, 2008, 05:39 AM   #1
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Coolant refill trick

Every time I drain/refill the coolant I have had to pull the runner cover and runner to get to the rad cap so I could fill it. Maybe it's me but filling the surge tank does'nt get it. Won't draw in to the sytem/rad.

I did this.

Undo rad cap and keep it held up as high as you can in the neck. I stuffed a wad of p towel under it.

Take off the vent hose and replace it with 1/4" id hose the other end of which goes into a funnel.

SLOWLY add coolant to the funnel and listen to the "gurgling" sound from the coolant filling the rad passages. When they stop, you stop and wait a little bit for it to settle. Repeat the above until all gurgling has ceased and coolant overflows out of the neck. Then let it sit for awhile to allow the coolant to fill the system. One more time with the gurgling business, put the cap back on, reconnect the vent line, fill surge tank to level of your choice, run engine until full hot, let cool and check/add coolant to surge tank.

Works great and you don't have to mess with anything to get to the cap.
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Good tip cloudrider, I've been using a drill pump but I'll try it your way next time.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 10:36 AM   #3
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Genius! Some day I will need this. Thanks for posting.
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Geez, after experiencing the similar crap myself (I chose to drop the rad instead), I'm definitely going to try that next spring. Thanks for that!
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Old October 10th, 2008, 07:15 AM   #5
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