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After replacing thermostat on 03 dodge stratus how do i bleed the air out

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  • dinah_burles Mar 11, 2009

    there is a bleeder screw, do I still leave the cap off? I ran it with cap off for air to come out but a service tech said you have to use the bleeder screw

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Run car with radiator cap off until it spits up all the air. unless there is a bleeder screw near the t-stat neck

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

  • Patrick Cowan
    Patrick Cowan Mar 11, 2009

    cap on, let pressurize, and release bleeder in spurts...on.off..on...off, got what i mean?

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