Radiator cap-pressure testing. Coolant-low level aeration

Radiator cap-pressure testing

Remove cap from radiator. Be sure that sealing surfaces are clean. Moisten rubber gasket with water and install cap on pressure tester 7700 or an equivalent (Fig. 24).

Fig. 24 Pressure Testing Radiator Cap-Typical Fig. 24 Pressure Testing Radiator Cap-Typical



Operate tester pump to bring pressure to 117 kPa (17 psi) on gauge. If pressure cap fails to hold pressure of at least 110 kPa (16 psi) replace cap. Refer to following CAUTION.

The pressure cap may test properly while positioned on tool 7700 (or equivalent). It may not hold pressure or vacuum when installed on radiator. If so, inspect radiator filler neck and cap's top gasket for damage. Also inspect for dirt or distortion that may prevent cap from sealing properly.

CAUTION: Radiator pressure testing tools are very sensitive to small air leaks, which will not cause cooling system problems. A pressure cap that does not have a history of coolant loss should not be replaced just because it leaks slowly when tested with this tool. Add water to tool. Turn tool upside down and recheck pressure cap to confirm that cap needs replacement.

Coolant-low level aeration

If the coolant level in the radiator drops below the top of the radiator core tubes, air will enter the system.

Low coolant level can cause the thermostat pellet to be suspended in air instead of coolant. This will cause the thermostat to open later, which in turn causes higher coolant temperature. Air trapped in cooling system also reduces the amount of coolant circulating in the heater core. This may result in low heat output.

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