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I had my radiator replaced after an accident in my 2004 jeep liberty. the temp gauge never said it was overheating but it took a dump on me yesterday for the last couple weeks the "cold fill" take has been bubbling and spewing water and at one time steam came out for a good while. now it cant go a couple miles without overheating, how do i go about replacing the antifreeze to get me through the next couple days till i can drop it off at a shop? i have a gallon of antifreeze

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The easiest way is to usually just remove the lower radiator hose. All of the coolant will come out in a couple of minutes so you will need to have a big bucket. Around 3-4 gallons will come out. It sounds like the shop used too much water in the coolant mix. It is supposed to be 50/50 or better(better being more than 50% straight coolant) and water. If you drain what they put in there and refill with straight coolant ( not the premix from the store but rather the non-mixed stuff) you probably wont even have to go back to the mechanic.
Your coolant sounds like it is boiling which can be very bad for the engine. Once you remove the lower radiator hose, just reconnect it and fill it back up. It will be the largest hose going into the radiator at the bottom of the radiator. There may be a bleed screw on the top of the thermostat housing. If so open it with the car running till coolant bleeds out in a steady stream then close it and your done.

I hope this helps!! Thanks!!!

Posted on Oct 06, 2010

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