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How much antifreeze do I need to get before I flush out my cooling system?

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If you are buying "full strength", i.e not premix, you will need half of the coolant systems full capacity listed in your owners manual. the remaining fluid should be plain water, preferably distilled. If you buy premix, you will need an amount equal to the systems capacity. Coolant is designed to provide maximum freeze/boil protection when mixed half and half with water. Confirm this with the tables you will normally find on the coolant packaging.

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Buy two gallon premix antifreeze to be on the safe side suvs going hold more coolant.

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Make sure that the coolant you buy is compatilble and is recommenned for your engine type also

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Likely it has more to do with the door that controlls the airflow. Which should be operated by vacum might check and make sure all thevacum lines are plugged in.

Does the gauge in the car show it warms up?

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could be waterpump or either the radiator is bad

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A lot of the aftermarket thermostats are not any good. It is about the only part that I think that people should go to the dealer to get. The aftermarket ones don't always open like they are suppose to.

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There is a drain valve.The plastic shield under the front completely hides it and removing the air dam shroud will expose the valve.It should be located on the driverside once the shroud is removed.

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SOURCE: The heat in my 98 tahoe blows warm but not enough

I would suggest replacing the thermostat as it is probably not letting the engine get to operating temp.It has to be able to close fully and maintain engine temp.

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