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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
Re: Double Brrrrrrrrr.
You don't have to drain the whole system.
Disconnect the hose on the thermostat - coolant will fall out and make a mess (so do it somewhere where it doesn't matter or use a bucket to catch most of the spillage).
Take off the old 'stat.
Remove all the old gasket carefully (use a gasket stripper chemical or scaper) and clean/dry everything off.
Then fit new 'stat and gasket with a smear of gasket sealant for good measure. Don't over-tighten the thermostat bolts.
Put the hose back on, turn the heater to "MAX" and put the fan on full speed.
Top up the coolant via the header tank. Squeeze the hoses to force out the air.
Then start the engine, squeezing the hoses and with the heater/fan on max. Top up the coolant as the header level goes down.
Once it starts warming up the level will stabilise and you should notice the temp in the car getting warmer. Put the header tank cap back on.
The coolant temperature will warm up really quickly to 90 and the radiator fan will come on around 95.
Let the beast cool down, check the coolant level and top up as necessary.
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