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If the reservoir tank filled with cooant, it is necessary to fill up the radiator with water?

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Yes, the radiator should be checked first for anti-freeze level. If it is low, top it off and pour remaining fluid into the reserve tank to the proper level. Re-check after driving and then you may just fill the reservoir only if you like.

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you keep filling the radiator until the thermostat fully open and the bubbles stop. Stop the engine, replace the radiator cap and then fill the reservoir to the line. There are videos 'burping a coolant system'.

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If the reservoir tank is filled with coolant, it is necessary also to fill up the radiator with water or coolant?


Depends. Not usually because as engine heats and then cools when shutoff, reservoir should allow radiator to suck back what it needs. However, if you have just flushed system, or replaced water pump, you should fill at radiator as well. Bad radiator cap that prevents backflow can cause problems as well.

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I get a 2001 nissan frontier the problem s the water s Ben overfill to the reservoir I always fill in water into the radiator that's the problem of my truck


reservoirs are just that reservoirs. Once the radiator has been filled to the radiator cap and the cap is operational the heated expanded water will flow out to the reservoir . When the engine cools down the resultant low pressure in the radiator sucks open a valve in the radiator cap and sucks water back into the radiator the . If you have to always fill the radiator and it is blowing water out into the reservoir but not sucking it back then I would have the cap tested for operation or check for a leak in the cooling system or hose from the radiator to the reservoir.

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The light sensor is in the radiator tank. When cool remove the radiator cap and fill radiator to top. It is possible that the radiator cap is faulty and not allowing water to be drawn back from the reservoir. .Check for leaks by having a cooling system pressure test done

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Anything special i need to know when changing my anti-freeze. this is my first time, trying to save money. someone said something about getting the air out? what does that mean?


drain the coolant, connect or close all hoses and drain plugs,start motor and fill radiator with a 50/50 mix of water and anti-freeze, leave engine running,when motor gets hot the thermostat will open allowing the coolant to flow through the motor, in change the anti-freeze will get lower in the radiator thus you continue to fill untill full and the radiator will not except more coolant, ( this is how you get the air out) replace radiator cap and fill reservoir to cold level and your done. Recheck your coolant reservoir after you have driven the vehicle a bit and fill if necessary, do not fill to top, only fill to cool mark. the reservoir is not under pressure so you can fill at any time motor hot or cold

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Where does the anti freeze go?


The anti freeze is poured into the radiator water and it is necessary as the water should not freeze when in cold weather which can cause serious damage to the parts sepccially the water pump, radiator, engine water jackets/ ports..

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My car begins to overheat.the water level in the radiator is good , but the small tank on top of the engine needs filling daily , what is that tank for.


its a reservoir for the cooling system. Fill reservoir to fill line ONLY. Filling above this mark will cause the cooling system to push extra fluid out through overflow vent and when you look again, it may appear to be low when it's filled properly. If you still have to flill every day when you're filling to line only, you have a leak. Is your oil milky? if yes you have a gasket out someplace. Wet spots on ground? you have a leak someplace. sweet smell through exhaust? probally a head gasket out.

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fill the reservoir with the coolant. it is a GOOD thing you dont see steam or a leak I hope.YOU DO WANT TO CATCH THE PROBLEM BEFORE IT REALLY OVERHEATS OR YOU MAY HAVE MORE COSTLY PROBLEMS. fill the reservoir. BUT, it may only fill the "radiator" once you do this as it cools off. As the radiator water cools it sucks the reservoir water into the radiator. as it heats up and the water swells (increases in volume) it pushes the excess into the reservoir. when the engine is good and hot and you dont have any coolant in the reservoir, that is a sign that the radiator is low or empty also.
when the engine is cold, find the radiator cap and remove it, add as much coolant you can there. fill the reservoir also. If it has been several years since the radiator cap has been replaced, I would do that now ( it is a cheap investment). if the gasket on the cap is not sealing well anymore or the exspansion valve mechanism on the cap is not working properly anymore, then it will let coolant pump out into the reservoir and not hold radiator pressure. if the reservoir is empty the radiator itself is probably too low or empty.

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