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Radiator coolant is only circulating when radiator cap is off

 
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Re: Radiator coolant is only circulating when radiator cap is off
No there is no milky fluid in the oil stick. Looks fine. It's like there is always air in that bleeder valve every time I run it.
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hmm, air must be getting in then somehow..:(
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Introduced by OP himself.
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lol, if he keep cracking open that valve..
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OP you'd be wise to listen to these guys.
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Re: Radiator coolant is only circulating when radiator cap is off
No there is no milky fluid in the oil stick. Looks fine. It's like there is always air in that bleeder valve every time I run it.
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Dude...change the thermostat.
You do it....or take it to a garage.

Problem solved.

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Re: Radiator coolant is only circulating when radiator cap is off
No there is no milky fluid in the oil stick. Looks fine. It's like there is always air in that bleeder valve every time I run it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74731970


hmm, air must be getting in then somehow..:(
 Quoting: Astral Goat


Introduced by OP himself.
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lol, if he keep cracking open that valve..
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He probably doesn't have heat either, air pockets love to get trapped in the heater core.
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Re: Radiator coolant is only circulating when radiator cap is off
No there is no milky fluid in the oil stick. Looks fine. It's like there is always air in that bleeder valve every time I run it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74731970


Dude...change the thermostat.
You do it....or take it to a garage.

Problem solved.


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What if there's a leak, how does changing the thermostat fix a leak elsewhere in the system?
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hmm, air must be getting in then somehow..:(
 Quoting: Astral Goat


Introduced by OP himself.
 Quoting: BRIEF


lol, if he keep cracking open that valve..
 Quoting: Astral Goat


He probably doesn't have heat either, air pockets love to get trapped in the heater core.
 Quoting: BRIEF


YES GOOD POINT WHEN BLEEDING THE AIR OUT, SET HEAT TO MAX AND LEAVE THE *FANS* OFF
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Re: Radiator coolant is only circulating when radiator cap is off
No there is no milky fluid in the oil stick. Looks fine. It's like there is always air in that bleeder valve every time I run it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74731970


Dude...change the thermostat.
You do it....or take it to a garage.

Problem solved.


 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


What if there's a leak, how does changing the thermostat fix a leak elsewhere in the system?
 Quoting: BRIEF


What makes you or anyone think there is a leak in the system?
Is there anti-freeze on the ground or even in the oil?
Those are easy to determine.

If not...replace the thermostat.

It's yes or no diagnosis. 1dunno1
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Re: Radiator coolant is only circulating when radiator cap is off
No there is no milky fluid in the oil stick. Looks fine. It's like there is always air in that bleeder valve every time I run it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74731970


Dude...change the thermostat.
You do it....or take it to a garage.

Problem solved.


 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


What if there's a leak, how does changing the thermostat fix a leak elsewhere in the system?
 Quoting: BRIEF


What makes you or anyone think there is a leak in the system?
Is there anti-freeze on the ground or even in the oil?
Those are easy to determine.

If not...replace the thermostat.

It's yes or no diagnosis. 1dunno1
 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


Small leaks can evaporate before seeing a drip. It's not overheating based on the info he provided.
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Re: Radiator coolant is only circulating when radiator cap is off
Replace the radiator, gummed up.
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Dude...change the thermostat.
You do it....or take it to a garage.

Problem solved.


 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


What if there's a leak, how does changing the thermostat fix a leak elsewhere in the system?
 Quoting: BRIEF


What makes you or anyone think there is a leak in the system?
Is there anti-freeze on the ground or even in the oil?
Those are easy to determine.

If not...replace the thermostat.

It's yes or no diagnosis. 1dunno1
 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


Small leaks can evaporate before seeing a drip. It's not overheating based on the info he provided.
 Quoting: BRIEF


Very true.
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Re: Radiator coolant is only circulating when radiator cap is off
Replace the radiator, gummed up.
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Better yet, remove the radiator cap and drive a new vehicle under it. Replace cap.
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Dude...change the thermostat.
You do it....or take it to a garage.

Problem solved.


 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


What if there's a leak, how does changing the thermostat fix a leak elsewhere in the system?
 Quoting: BRIEF


What makes you or anyone think there is a leak in the system?
Is there anti-freeze on the ground or even in the oil?
Those are easy to determine.

If not...replace the thermostat.

It's yes or no diagnosis. 1dunno1
 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


Small leaks can evaporate before seeing a drip. It's not overheating based on the info he provided.
 Quoting: BRIEF


It's still a process of elimination then.
Thermostats are cheap....and usually easy to replace.
This particular poorly engineered GM placement of thermostat takes a bit more effort but is still do-able too.

After that, you thoroughly check water pump seals and water pump gasket(s) and then replace that/them if necessary.

That said and done....

If anything on the radiator is weeping, even if you can't see it, but think it might be, throw in a some "stop leak".

If NONE of those solve it....check your oil for the smell of anti-freeze, you have a blown head gasket, and that gets a bit more involved.


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Introduced by OP himself.
 Quoting: BRIEF


lol, if he keep cracking open that valve..
 Quoting: Astral Goat


He probably doesn't have heat either, air pockets love to get trapped in the heater core.
 Quoting: BRIEF


YES GOOD POINT WHEN BLEEDING THE AIR OUT, SET HEAT TO MAX AND LEAVE THE *FANS* OFF
 Quoting: Astral Goat


Oh I thought fans should be on while it's on max heat \ defrost??


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