Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 04-03-2010, 08:04 PM
bullygrip bullygrip is offline
Like the Forums
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 36
Default radiator fill

Hi guys, I have a 2002 2.3L 2wd, I wanted to replace my coolant, so let me describe the problem, I disconnected the lower rad hose and drained it then reconnected the hose, then i siphoned out the resevoir and refilled that. I turned on the engine expecting the coolant to get sucked into the engine but its not. I only let the engine run like a minute or two minutes and I got worried I was going to ruin my water pump or something. I cant see a radiator cap on the radiator, so I guess its a capless system. Anyway what should I do to get my cooling system filled. thanks a bunch I appreciate your help!!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-05-2010, 12:22 PM
bullygrip bullygrip is offline
Like the Forums
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 36
Default Re: radiator fill

No one has been in this spot before?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-05-2010, 12:58 PM
Johnbaum13 Johnbaum13 is offline
<-----Buzz Killington
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,232
Send a message via Yahoo to Johnbaum13
Default Re: radiator fill

You don't have a cap on the radiator, the reservoir is actually a pressurized part of the cooling system. You won't notice it suck coolant in as soon as you turn on the engine, but you should notice a little circulation coming from the upper hose into the tank. The coolant level should drop sloooowly until the thermostat opens, at which time you should notice a drop then swell of the coolant level. The system is set up to be self bleeding, so you shouldn't worry about air bubbles, just warm it up to open the thermostat, then let it cool, and check your coolant level.
__________________
I got my Jesus on the dashboard, but the Devil's under my hood!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-05-2010, 03:03 PM
bullygrip bullygrip is offline
Like the Forums
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 36
Default Re: radiator fill

how many minutes would you guess it would take to open the thermostat sitting at idle? also will my temp gauge be accurate with 2 missing gallons in the system? so I can keep an eye on the gauge to make sure its not overheating while waiting for the therm to open. and should i have the heater on while doing this? thanks johnbaum13!!!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-05-2010, 03:40 PM
STL STL is offline
...............

 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 23,398
Default Re: radiator fill

It should only take 2-3 minutes to warm up and open the thermostat.

Just have a some one keep a eye on the temp gauge but it should be fine while filling it up
__________________
2005 Edge

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-05-2010, 04:32 PM
bullygrip bullygrip is offline
Like the Forums
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 36
Default Re: radiator fill

ok thanks stl
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-05-2010, 07:28 PM
Johnbaum13 Johnbaum13 is offline
<-----Buzz Killington
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,232
Send a message via Yahoo to Johnbaum13
Default Re: radiator fill

missing 2 gallons? it only holds about 3, and you should have been able to pour more than a gallon back in.
__________________
I got my Jesus on the dashboard, but the Devil's under my hood!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2.3L manual transmission fill bullygrip 4-Cylinder Tech 5 03-20-2010 12:14 AM
Trouble removing rear differentail fill plug. Brutus318 Drivetrain Tech 9 02-16-2010 05:55 PM
Where's my rear end fill plug? Brutus318 Drivetrain Tech 4 01-27-2010 07:15 PM
Radiator Help Bear General Tech 19 08-29-2009 09:01 AM
what is the tank called on a ford ranger where you fill the coolant? Trace O General Ford Ranger Discussion 1 01-25-2009 07:57 PM