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Old 09-09-2010, 08:11 AM
DHowesGrnXLT4x4 DHowesGrnXLT4x4 is offline
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Default Radiator Level Low, Coolant Still in Reservoir Still Has Coolant

So, here is my issue.
Recently, my 2000 with the 4.0 OHV started to overheat. Come to find out my radiator level was down, but I still had plenty of coolant in the reservoir. I may be wrong, but my understanding is that the radiator should pull from the reservoir when the levels are down.

I have a couple theories:
1. The radiator cap is junk and screwing with the pressurization.
2. The lines from the reservoir tank are clogged and need to be clean/replaced.
3. Something more serious...

Please let me know if I am on the right path or not.

Thanks,
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:44 AM
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Cap is most likely. Replace the cap and refill the system completely. By refill, i mean fill the radiator, start the truck and let it warm up. Once it warms up to 180, the t-stat will open and suck down what is in the radiator. Keep filling it until it won't take anymore. Put the cap back on. Now you're full.
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:36 AM
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Default Re: Radiator Level Low, Coolant Still in Reservoir Still Has Coolant

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Cap is most likely. Replace the cap and refill the system completely. By refill, i mean fill the radiator, start the truck and let it warm up. Once it warms up to 180, the t-stat will open and suck down what is in the radiator. Keep filling it until it won't take anymore. Put the cap back on. Now you're full.
adding to what Fireranger said.........do you know the history of the truck?.......you might want to give the cooling system the once over.....if it is original I would replace the hoses and the t-stat and do a flush......
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:55 AM
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I would bet it the cap shot or a pinhole leak in a hose it easier to suck air than a liquid.
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I would bet it the cap shot or a pinhole leak in a hose it easier to suck air than a liquid.
Except:
A) The cooling system is pressurized, it doesn't suck, it blows.
B) The centrifugal pumps can not compress or pump air.

If there was a leak, it would lose fluid until the water level drops below the point at which it can reach the pumps intake. At which point the pump the will cavitate and just spin doing nothing. The now still water in the system will heat up, expand, and boil which increases pressure and water will again begin flowing out the hole and most likely exceed the radiator cap relief pressure, blowing off coolant and steam into the reserve tank. The drop in pressure in the reserve tank will cause it to immediately boil the liquid coolant. Futher coolant volume will be lost from the reserve tank overflowing and the coolant converting to steam. Then you pull over and stop the engine.

Once the remaining coolant cools down from the overheat, it will have reduced in volume due to the leak, overflowing the tank, and conversion to steam. Without the leak, as it cools, pressure would drop and it would suck excess coolant back in from the reserve tank. but since there is a leak, no drop in pressure will occur and nothing will be sucked back in. Coolant levels will remain critically low until you refill it and fix the leak.

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