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SpqrEddie

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Correct water level in the radiator
« on: November 03, 2022, 14:09:27 »
Hello!
What is the reccomended water level in the radiator?
Just above the cooling elements? or higher?
Midway between the colling elements end and the upper mainifold?
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Eddie

Vincent998

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Re: Correct water level in the radiator
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2022, 23:03:41 »
Although I'm not intimately familiar with your car, normal would be to fill the radiator to the top with a 50-50 coolant mixture suitable for the radiator material (bronze, aluminum, etc) and let the coolant find its own level. That's assuming that you have a radiator overflow and return pressure cap (whatever pressure is suitable for your car's system) - and the overflowing coolant is led to a catch container with its own overflow hose. With the proper cap, the radiator will always be full - expanded hot coolant will be led to the overflow tank, and when the system cools down, coolant will be sucked back into the system.

SpqrEddie

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Re: Correct water level in the radiator
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2022, 18:03:18 »
Hello!
AC Aceca with AC Engine and Standard radiator.
I dont think there is an overflow reservoir, but just an overflow pipe near the cap extension.
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Re: Correct water level in the radiator
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2022, 18:23:10 »
I'd suggest you make one and lead the overflow hose to it. It doesn't have to be much larger than a quart. Your cooling system will then have a full radiator instead of puking the expanded hot coolant on the ground and being part empty when it has cooled off.

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Re: Correct water level in the radiator
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2022, 21:25:57 »
Thanks!