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Advice topping up and checking coolant?


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When the engine is cold, the coolant level should not be below the minimum line. I would suggest having the coolant level at the maximum line.

Actually, I have my coolant above the maximum line when the engine is cold. When the engine is hot, the coolant level is still below the top of the coolant overflow bottle. Now filled with long life coolant i.e.8 years but I still regularly check the coolant level whenever I pop the bonnet to check the engine oil level which is usually most Saturday mornings.

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On the coolant overflow bottle there is a L [low] line and a F [full] line. Coolant expands with heat and goes from the radiator to the overflow bottle. When the engine is stopped and starts to cool down, coolant is drawn back into the radiator from the overflow bottle. 

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1 hour ago, campbeam said:

On the coolant overflow bottle there is a L [low] line and a F [full] line. Coolant expands with heat and goes from the radiator to the overflow bottle. When the engine is stopped and starts to cool down, coolant is drawn back into the radiator from the overflow bottle. 

thanks for the explanation

 
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