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Coolant All Over Engine After Alternator Failed

My 2003 Kia Spectra Broke Down Last Week. I Understand That The Alternator And Battery Failed, But I Dont Understand Why This Would
Result In Coolant Being Sprayed All Over The Engine Compartment?

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You no longer had power to run thermo fans and i guess the car would have over heated and vented off built up pressure.

Posted on Nov 27, 2008

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Hello, my name is Mario.

1. Disconnect battery negative cable.
2. Drain engine coolant
3. Remove bolt and nut for thermostat housing
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7. Fill radiator with engine coolant
8. Connect battery negative cable
9. Start engine and check for leaks.

Good luck

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