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Car starts then dies coolant level was low in overflow made noise when started then stopped when car got warm

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When a vehicle is brought in withthe complaint "coolant light is on", use the following method toidentify a defective coolant level switch:


  1. Open the cap of theradiator/expansion tank and locate the coolant level switch mounted inthe bottom. Use an appropriate piece of wire to slide the float up anddown. Ensure that the float moves easily and stays in the up positionby itself while the coolant level is correct. If the float sinks in thecoolant, the coolant level switch has to be replaced.
  2. Disconnect the cable connector on the coolant level switch and connect an ohmmeter to the both contactpins of the installed coolant level switch. Measure the ohmicresistance of the coolant level switch in both float positions. Thefollowing resistance values indicate a defective coolant level switch,that has to be replaced:
    • Float up: resistance more than 1 ohm
    • Float down: resistance less than 40 k/ohm
  3. If the coolant level switch shows correct resistance values in bothfloat positions, check the cable connector for corrosion or soiling.Ensure proper electrical contact and connect the cable connector again.
  4. With the ignition on, slide the float down until it stops and holdit in this position. Wait at least 20 seconds and turn the ignitionoff. A coolant level warning should be displayed in the instrumentcluster/information display.
Let the float slide back tothe up position. Turn the ignition on, wait at least 20 seconds andturn the ignition off again. The instrument cluster/information displayshould not show a coolant level warning.

Hope this helps and have a great day!

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