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Old 07-19-2010, 06:36 PM   #1
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Real quick coolant question.

Ok, so I cracked a coolant hard line in my '01 ZX3 getting onto the freeway earlier. (The plastic piece that sits above the radiator and has 3 connections on it.) I went to the closest Ford dealership, picked up a new one, replaced it on the side of the on-ramp, and the reservoir was empty seeing as the cracked line was quite focused on spraying coolant all over my engine bay lol.

Anyways, picked up some coolant from the dealer, and just poured it into the overflow reservoir since i was limited on tools and couldn't find the normal fill for it. I did this with a cold engine, just want to make sure it'll still get to where it needs to go, and if it was suppose to be done with a hot engine, I'd like to know so I can keep an eye on it in case I put in too much.

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If you have to add cold coolant to a hot engine, then make sure its running or you could crack the head.

Edit: And yes on our cars it is supposed to filled in the overflow tank.
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:51 PM   #3
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Ok, I assumed thats where it was suppose to go.

And the coolant was roughly room temp. and the engine couldn't have been too hot cuz it had only been running for about 10 minutes, at very low speeds (stop and go traffic) and had been sitting for an hour or more before that.
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Your probably fine, but I have heard of people running low and overheating then dumping "cold" (room temp) coolant in there.
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alright. well now I know to never do that! thanks a lot man. appreciate the help.


and the dealer mechanic told us they've had 5 or 6 of these in the past week getting fixed. so you guys may want to keep an eye on your coolant hard line!
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mine cracked last summer easy fix once i found it it was spraying all over my exhaust mani and blowin smoke like crazy i was gettin scared it was gunan b a costly repair
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Posted via FF MobileDid you happen to find premix? Otherwise youll have to equalise what you added with the same amount of water.....
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yeah, the mechanic at the dealer mixed it for me, because what we bought from them was straight coolant, and wasn't mixed already.
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Excellent!

Just wanted to make sure, would be an easy thing to miss when just worried about getting it going quick...

With different types and premix/straight in similar containers it's easy to get the wrong stuff, had to exchange the wrong type not long ago myself - same blue jug for extended life red premix and std. green straight coolant in one brand I use....
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