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My sons radiator hose busted. It has been replaced and refilled with antifreeze. Runs fine, still burning off antifreeze that got onto the motor. The temperature is running good but the "low coolant" light is still on??

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  • darlakay Jan 21, 2009

    Thanks Thunder 55, you were right, it went off after 2 days.

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Did you fill the overflow tank?
If so you may have to take it to an auto parts store to reset the light as fixed.
My Auto Zone auto parts store will do this for free. The store you bought it at will probably do the same!

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Could be just the coolant has gotten onto the water temp sensor and is causing it to ground out,,,this may clear up when it dry's completely.
If not,,then the temp sensor may be stuck in the grounded position, and may need replacement.

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