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Old 08-21-2003, 08:13 PM   #1
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I just swapped up my radiator and i only had about a half gallon just for tonight. Si i go take a drive to the store and the needle would fluctuate from "normal" to almost red. When i hit the gas it would "cool" down. Its got to a low coolant level, right?
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If I remember correct, I think mine took a little less than a full jug and I just poured the rest into the overflow tank. hth
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so could that be why the car coul dbe almost over heating?
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I'd say more than likley, cause if you think about it the radiator would only be about 1/2 full. I don't think that would be enough coolent to keep the car cool.
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you do know you are suposed to use 50/50 mix of water dont you?
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you do know you are suposed to use 50/50 mix of water dont you?
oh definatly. Thats what I've been using. It just freaked me out because even when i had a leak in it the car never overheated.

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mine took 2.5 gallons soo far :/
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