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Need to know how to fill the radiator. Not the coolant

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What exactly r u going to fill the radiator with?!!?!?...

every single vehicle ive ever delt with you fill the radiator with 50% coolant and 50%water.....

so just let ur car cool off for a few hours and when the car gets nice a cold pop the hood and pop the cap to the box thing at the very front of the car.. and get to filling!

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