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How does Antifree Coolant get over.

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Old 11-13-2006, 06:30 PM
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don't worry to much about that, that container is merely an overflow container, pop your radiator cap off (when the car is cold) and look to see if you can see fluid, if you can then you're at the right level, that bottle next to it is there in case your coolant expands to much and rather than blow it all over the engine bay it just runs out from around the radiator cap down the tube into that holding container, conversly it can draw from that container if it needs to.... so long and short, remove the cap when the car is cold and if you see fluid you're good, if you so wish to add coolant to the overflow bottle just add a 50/50 mix of water and anti-freeze to that bottle so it's above the min line
 
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Old 11-13-2006, 06:33 PM
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was the car off? that thing is to hold the excess not the actualy normal quantity... if ur scared about it... just put some in... but i bet if u run ur car up to opperating temp u should see it in there... also why is all this in ur trunk?
 
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Old 11-13-2006, 07:42 PM
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it is normal for some antifreeze to evaporate over time but you might want to check for small leaks to make sure that every thing is OK
 
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:15 PM
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all that will happen if it's above the max line is it could overflow and spill antifreeze out of the bottle (not a huge risk but it doesn't do you any good) if you can do it fairly easy I'd take some out to allow for expansion/contraction of the fluid without it spilling all over the ground and the engine bay... if it's not possible then don't fret but expect to see some overflow and smell/see steam come from under the hood at some point
 
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