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My 94 tracer wagon has a place to add coolant (not the radiator) do i put coolant full strainght or half water?

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The typical ratio is 50/50 coolant to water. Make sure though that the coolant you bought is the concentrate undiluted type. Coolant comes 50/50 diluted as well, so you would not add water to this...

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Im trying to replace my coolant and I'm not sure how much to put in. It's the 4.3 L v6 in a 1988 GMC c1500


Don't know the exact amount but around 2-2 and a half gallon. Do this use one gallon straight antifreeze and one gallon water run engine for a few minutes then turn off. Check level and top off radiator. Add appropriate level to side tank

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How many gallons of coolant does the northstar engine hold?


Coolant should be mixed in most cases to a 50% concentration, meaning one gallon of undiluted coolant will provide two gallons of diluted coolant. Most engines will hold 2-3 gallons of coolant mix. I normally purchase two gallons of undiluted coolant. I pour the first gallon of undiluted coolant into the radiator, then fill the empty bottle with water and add that to the radiator as well to make it a 50% mix.. Then, I pour half the second bottle of undiluted coolant into the empty coolant bottle, and then top both off with water to make two gallons of 50% mix. I then add coolant to the radiator as needed until full, keeping the remainder for topping off later as air purges itself form the system.

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Antifreeze


Remember that coolant is poison, so many places (communities) really frown on draining the coolant onto the ground or pouring it down the drain, as it pollutes the water supply.
In some communities it is illegal.
Myself, I usually reuse it, because of the above.
If it is old, add "water pump lubricant " and "anti-foam.anti/rust" to "rejuvenate it".
Find the drain on the radiator, should be at the bottom of the radiator, and may be really hard to find.
Usually it is on the opposite side than the lower radiator hose connection.
The slow way is to open that drain and put a garden hose in the top of the radiator and keep the radiator full as the motor is running and the heater is on full blast.
Doing it this way should take half an hour or more. You are looking for the water running out the bottom of the radiator to be clear and tasteless.
Tasting it after it is running clear will help determine if the collant is all gone.
A tiny drop to taste will not hurt you.
Coolant is "sweet" tasting.
A faster way, and much more work, is to remove the top end of the radiator hose that attaches to the radiator to drain the system.
You will need to plug the top radiator hole where you took the hose off with a rag or something, and run a hose from the loose radiator hose to wherever you are wanting the "waste" water to go.
You still must keep the radiator full as you run the motor.
This way should take 5 minutes of flushing after the thermostat opens and the water starts flowing.
After the water runs clear. turn off the motor and the garden hose that kept the radiator hose full.
After all the water stops running out, close up everything, and fill the radiator with straight coolant, not the 50/50 blend, because you will have the motor full of water, and adding straight coolant will give you your 50/50 blend when you are all done.
Be sure to leave the heater on full blast, and run the motor for 5 minutes to "burp" the air out of the heater.
Be blessed.

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How do i put water in my radiator?


you need to replace thermostat and radiator cap.look under hood around engine compartment.look for a radiator cap near radiator,add 50/50 antifreeze and water to coolant system to bring up boiling point.pure water will cause engine run hotter because water evaporate away,remove radiator pour coolant in the radiator until coolant stop dropping in the radiator now some vechicle pour coolant in the coolant overflow jug,pour coolant until coolant level stop dropping and the coolant level stay at cold full mark.start engie let idle few minutes, watch coolant level in radiator if coolant start dropping add more coolant, when coolant level stop dropping put radiator cap back on let engine idle until both top radaitor hose and bottom coolant hose get warm turn off engine wait until it get cool then take a large rag slightly open radiator just a litle at a time to keep from getting scaled.once radiator remove add more coolant if low,put radiator cap back on start the engine let it idle watch the temp gauge if temperature gauge going hot zone stop engine wait until cool then add more coolant,keep doing this until engine stop overheating going into hot zone and coolant level stop dropping,make the coolant overflow jug coolant level stay at full cold mark, dont let jug run empty if so air will get in the coolant system causing engine to overheat.

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Coolant for solara wagon 6 cylinder


coolant is for the cooling system,the cars engine must be cooled, there is a radiator , hoses and fans. the coolant is also used to supply heat to the inside of the car in winter conditions or cold days.The radiator which is bolted on the front of the car stores coolant (antifreeze) the coolant is then pumped through the engine by the waterpump, there is a thermostat that regulates the coolant flow. when the coolant in the engine reaches a certain temp. 190 degrees the thermostat opens and allows cooler coolant to enter the engine to keep it from overheating, the coolant that comes out of the engine then flows through the radiator and the fans are turned on by the computer to cool the coolant as it flows through the radiator. this goes on and on to keep engine operating around 170- 190 degrees,If the coolant does not cool the engine then engine damage will occur.
coolant is also used to keep for freezing in cold temps, the coolant is mixed 50/50. half coolant and half water. if water was used it would freeze and in the summer it would boil and is not a good cooling source.hope this is helpful.

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How to know when there is enough antifreeze in radiator


Hello there and welcome to fixya
Checking your radiator fluid:
antifreeze2.pngEvery modern vehicle has a Radiator fluid overflow compartment that is translucent so you can see where the coolant level is without removing the cap. On the side of the compartment there is a full line and an add line. the coolant should be between the two lines. If it's below the add level add 50% water/coolant to the full level.
The green line is the full line, the red line is the add line in the picture.
If you don't have antifreeze but you need fluid, add distilled water,not ordinary tap water, so mineral deposits won't build in the radiator and cause corrosion or blockage. However, you should keep the correct ratio of water and coolant to prevent corrosion and for the highest level of overheat or freeze protection.
To check the fluid IN your radiator
radcap.png you will need to remove the radiator cap. DO NOT remove the radiator cap while the engine is hot. The contents are under pressure and many people have gotten severe burns by removing the radiator cap when it is too hot.
Notice the word "caution" on the cap in the picture.
It goes on to say the contents are under pressure.
IF you have no choice, but to remove the cap when hot, use a towel and remove it slowly to release pressure before you get the cap off.
The fluid in the radiator should be at the top of the radiator.

Make sure you keep 50% water/coolant mixture in the radiator. Some people put more antifreeze in during the winter, but never put more than 70% coolant. It will reduce it's ability to carry heat away from the engine and prevent corrosion.



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Dec 23, 2011 | Oldsmobile Cars & Trucks

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I replaced my radiator on my 2004 with a 2.2 and it seems like the thermostat is not opening. It can not get the air out. It seem to just to over heat and push the coolant out. Randy


REPLACE THERMOSTAT IF TOP COOLANT COOLANT HOSE GOING TO RADIATOR IS HOT TO TOUCH THERMOSTAT OPEN. TO BLEED COOLANT SYSTEM FIRST YOU NEED TO ADD COOLANT TO THE COOLANT OVER FLOW JUG UNTIL COOLANT LEVEL STOP DROPPING AND STAY AT FULL COLD MARK.WAIT 3 MINUTES IF COOLANT DROPS ADD MORE COOLANT UNTIL COOLANT STAY AT FULL COLD MARK.WITH RADIATOR OVER CAP OFF CRANK ENGINE FOR MINUTE WATCH COOLANT LEVEL AT OVERFLOW JUG.IF COOLANT DROPS ADD MORE COOLANT IN THE OVERFLOW JUG.WHEN COOLANT LEVEL STOP DROPPING IN OVERFLOW JUG.SCREW BACK ON THE RADIATOR CAP TO OVERFLOW JUG.WHILE ENGINE IDLING WATCH TEMPERATURE GAUGE WHEN TEMPERATURE START CLIMBING TURN OFF ENGINE WAIT A WHILE KEEP FROM GETTING SCALDED.WHEN COOLANT COOL DOWN SOME. PLACE A LARGE RAG OVER THE COOLANT OVERFLOW JUG OPEN CAP LITTLE AT A TIME UNTIL PRESSURE RELEASED, THEN REMOVE CAP ADD MORE COOLANT IN THE OVERFLOW JUG TO THE FULL COLD MARK.THEN REPEAT THE PROCESS SCREW BACK ON THE COOLANT OVERFLOW RADIATOR PRESSURE CAP.THEN START ENGINE WATCH TEMPERATURE GAUGE WATCH COOLANT TEMPERATURE GAUGE WHEN COOLANT TEMPERATURE START RISING TURN OFF ENGINE AGAIN WAIT UNTIL ENGINE COOL DOWN ENOUGH TO KEEP FROM GETTING SCALDED TAKE PLACE LARGE RAG OVER RADIATOR CAP WHICH IS THE COOLANT OVERFLOW JUG CAP OPEN CAP LITTLE AT A TIME UNTIL PRESSURE RELEASED ADD COOLANT UNTIL AT FULL COLD MARK. WHEN YOUR COOLANT LEVEL STOP DROPPING.AND TOP RADIATOR HOSE VERY HOT THERMOSTAT OPEN AND AIR IS OUT THE COOLANT SYSTEM. MAKE SURE YOUR COOLANT OVERFLOW JUG HAS COOLANT IN IT,WHEN ENGINE COOL DOWN CHECK COOLANT OVERFLOW JUG KEEP COOLANT LEVEL AT FULL COLD MARK.BECAUSE IF OVERFLOW JUG IS EMPTY THATS A SIGN RADIATOR COOLANT LEVEL LOW.WHEN OVERFLOW JUG EMPTY IT WILL ALLOW AIR GET IN THE COOLANT SYSTEM AND CAUSE CAR TO OVERHEAT.WHEN REPLACING THERMOSTAT ALSO REPLACE THE RADIATOR CAP ON THE COOLANT OVERFLOW JUG.

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94' Eldorado adding coolant


Yes! Add coolant when the engine is cold to the marks on the tank.

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I have a 94 mercury tracer that's not emitting heat when turned onto Heat settings, yet air passes through the vents. What gives?


Check your coolant level. If the coolant is low it won't pass through the heater core, therefore you get no heat. The overflow bottle really isn't an accurate way to check the level, actually remove the radiator cap and look in there. You should be able to see the coolant near the top. BE SURE THE ENGINE IS COLD BEFORE YOU REMOVE THE RADIATOR CAP!!!

Mar 04, 2010 | 1994 Mercury Tracer

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