Changing Projection TV Coolant
1. Tip the TV set so the expansion chambers are pointed up. The expansion chamber is a small white/clear plastic bulb-like thing
that is attached to one side of each of the CRT's up near the top lens. In some TVs, the expansion chambers are already pointed
up - In this case you don't have to tip the TV.
Or if you find this difficult remove all 3 CRT tubes from the metal cradle they are screwed to & lift each tube completely out you will need to unplug & disconect all leads from the crt.
2. Cover the circuit boards below the CRT's with several paper towels to prevent accidentally spilling any coolant onto the boards.
The coolant is corrosive and will destroy the circuit boards. Don't skimp on the paper towels here - they are cheap!!!
3. Remove the four screws that hold on the focusing lens assembly and remove the focusing lens assembly.
4. Note the position of the expansion chamber then remove the expansion chamber. It will need to be reinstalled in the exact
same position so remember the position or take a picture if you need to. There is a small o-ring on the neck of the expansion
chamber where it threads onto the CRT housing - Don't loose it!
5. Use the baster and tube to suck the fluid out from the hole where the expansion chamber was removed. This hole is fairly small...
maybe 5/16" or so.
6. Once most of the fluid is out, remove the four screws that hold on the lens cover plate.
7. Remove the lens cover plate, the lens & the large o-ring. (be gentle with the o-rings!!!)
8. Clean the CRT chamber & lens with denatured alcohol. Use 100% cotton balls so you don't scratch anything.
9. Clean the CRT chamber and lens with distilled water. Again, use 100% cotton balls so you don't scratch anything. This will rinse
out the alcohol residue. You need to use distilled water for this so there is no mineral residue.
10. Gently clean the large o-ring with distilled water (don't use the alcohol because it might eat the o-ring) Dry off the o-ring and
lightly coat it with 100% pure silicone (not siliconized acrylic caulking or acrylic latex caulking - ONLY USE 100% SILICONE).
Use your fingers to rub a thin layer of silicone all over the surface of the o-ring. Then place the o-ring in the groove in the CRT
11. Place the lens in its position on the o-ring.
12. Place the lens cover plate over the lens and install the four screws.
13. Clean your baster and tubing with denatured alcohol then rinse with distilled water.
14. Use the baster and tube to suck clean fluid from the bottle and install it into the CRT through the expansion chamber hole. Go
really slow when it is almost full to minimize overflow. Wipe up any overflow immediately. There will be a small air pocket in
the CRT when you are done - you will not be able to fill the chamber 100% - This is O.K. Just be sure to fill it as far as possible
so the fluid is just up to the edge of the expansion chamber hole.
15. Install the expansion chamber. Be sure to install it in the same position as it was before you removed it. Also be sure that the
small o-ring is on the neck of the chamber before you thread it on. The chamber is just plastic so don't over-tighten it or you
might damage it. Screw it on as tight as you can go by hand and then give it about 1/8 of a turn with pliers. (you might have to
use needle-nose pliers to get a good grip on it.)
16. Place the focusing lens assembly into position and install the four screws.
17. Turn on the TV and check for leaks over the next 20 minutes. Remember, you have not yet removed all the paper towels from
inside the TV. Remove these once you know there are no leaks.
Other things that should be done after replacing the fluid include...
1. Clean the mirror
2. Clean the top lenses of the focusing assemblies
3. Focus the CRT's
4. Adjust the convergence
Here is a list of things you will need:
1. Turkey baster
2. Vinyl tube
3. Cooling Fluid
4. 100% cotton balls
5. Paper towels
6. Denatured alcohol
7. Distilled water
9. Screw driver
Ensure you use only the coolant made specificaly for projection CRTs