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MyCeli8U Jun 24, 12:28am - #22458 

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Engine Coolant

Hey guys,
I am trying to flush my engine coolant, and I've already drained the radiator. Now I am trying to fill it back up with coolant. The Celica is equipped with a pressurized coolant recover system, which is why you can't pour coolant directly into the radiator, there is a coolant reservoir. For some reason, my car won't suck the coolant from the reservoir back into the radiator. I fill the reservoir up, crank the car up, and the engine heats up, the fans come on and won't go off (as if the car is hot) but the coolant level remains the same. Any of you know what's up? or how should I get the coolant into the radiator? Any help would be appreciated, thanks

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Jimbo
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Jimbo Jun 25, 4:24pm - #22459 
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bleed, bleed, bleed that air out, so it can suck in the coolant.
You should have a bleeder, butterfly type screw!
Some people lift the coolant tank up, to get the fluid to go down to. Do a forum search, you'll find more tips.
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Steven Jun 25, 5:12pm - #22460 
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Jimbo - explain this bleeder and/or post a pic, thanks.
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Dre Jun 25, 10:56pm - #22461 
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I just recently flushed the radiator and came across a problem just like yours. It's called air pockets or air bubbles. What you have to do, is make sure that reservoir tank is lifted up. Takes a couple people to make it happen. 1st person lifts the reservoir as high as he/she can hold it up and the 2nd person starts the car and all the other fun stuff. Now... disconnect the 2 small tubes that connects back to the reservoir tank, and put em inside the air box, don't worry theres holes on the bottom of the air box so the coolant n stuff can drop into. That really didn't work for me... Everytime I poured coolant in it, it would go out that way, so I what I had to do is PLUGGED one of the tubes and set the other FACING up. You will know your car is taking the coolant in is when the level on the reservoir tank dips much much lower. This is the time to put more in.

Hint: I use a couple of stretchy ropes, I forgot the name of em, but I call em Bungy ropes, and I used that to hang the reservoir tank from the Hood. Remember, the higher the tank is, the better/faster you can get the air bubbles out. The little butterfly valve screw next to where you pour the coolant needs to be unscrewed too. Remember to rev it a couple times and turn the heater on a few times to let it circulate. When you are done, make sure you put back the little butterfly valve screw and check the coolant level.
Hope that helps =)
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MyCeli8U Jun 26, 12:03am - #22462 

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Thanks for all the help!

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