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Old 08-10-2016, 01:15 PM   #1
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New Radiator Fitted / Low Coolant

Hi All, I have just had the near side radiator changed on my 99 2.5. I drove it home about 20 miles, to find this evening that the coolant was down to half full on the gauge in the boot. There are no evident leaks under the car and the car was perfect driving it back yesterday. Any ideas ? Cheers Ian
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Old 08-10-2016, 03:26 PM   #2
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My guess would be they didn't burp it or add more coolant after replacing the fan.
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Old 08-10-2016, 04:32 PM   #3
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Ian - quite normal after draining the coolant for a pump / rad change. You may find it will go down some more as the air bubbles get expelled from the system.
Did the workshop replace the coolant or just fill up with the old stuff? I ask because you have to be a little careful with what coolant you top up with. I would ask the mechanic what he used and go from there.
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It sounds like the mechanic did not refill the coolant system properly. They should have refilled it by creating a vacuum, but it sounds like they just poured it in and the system has some air bubbles. The best DIY solution is to top it up (with the same coolant), remove the coolant and oil caps, pop the plastic cover off, and open the bleed valve (just flip the wire handle up), reinstall the caps, drive it for 2 days then close the valve, and put the cover back on.

While this isn't necessarily a huge issue, the mechanics careless raises a red flag because you want to avoid any unnecessary coolant issues. I 100% agree with Steve, you need to find out if he replaced the coolant (ideally after flushing with distilled water), refilled it with the old coolant, or topped it up with the same or different coolant. Mixing different coolants can cause them to gel in the system, which is obviously bad. I had a mechanic do this several years ago, then had to deal with several years of coolant issues before I figured it out and flushed the system.
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