[take off the radiator cap and look]
Update: Actually, there is no radiator cap and therefore no way to check the level directly as the questioner wants to do. When refilling the radiator, you have to go through a bothersome process of filling up the reservoir, then "burping" the air out of the radiator by squeezing the upper radiator hose (the large hose on the right side.) Then you add some more coolant, burp some more, etc until you can't squeeze any more bubbles out. Then you have to run the engine until it is warm and water is circulating, then turn it off, let it cool, and repeat the whole burping process again.
All designed to prevent lawsuits from idiots who burn themselves by opening the cap while hot.
In a radiator, the fluids get really hot, when things get hot they expand and then they have to go somewhere, the fluid goes into an overflow.
always use manufacture specified fluids for your vehicle, it will say in the owners manual and in the engine compartment somewhere close to the overflow resivoir
you have a blown head gasket
A radiator is defective if fluids are leaking out of the radiator or there is a leak of steam. Or, if thecore is blocked, the radiator will remain cold or just slightly warm in places.
possibly burning it ,wrong radiator cap ,if it doesn't have a overflow bottle then radiator level is usually just below the neck it finds it's own level,is it blowing it out after shutting it down
In a Car: A tank to hold "overflow". When fluids heat up, they expand, and like radiator fluid, they need a place to go until they cool. Some cars keep these under some pressure, and if there is a leak, then an engine light will now come on. In the older cars, a leak in this tank would be a minor problem because you'd loose fluid when it leaked out of the overflow.
Sounds like either the thermostat is not opening and needs replacement or head gasket is bad
the shop said it would cost around 400.00,labor about 2 hours and fluids and radiator
Its a pain. Basically, with car cold, drain system. Remove battery. Remove shroud. Unbolt fans and let them hang lose. Remove hoses. Pull out old radiator. Put new radiator in. Reconnect hoses.(you may have trouble if there's a converter piece on an inlet) Rebolt fans. Replace shroud. Connect overflow bottle. Replace battery. Refill coolant and top off leaked fluids.
It is important to keep fluids from leaking from a car. Excessive transmission fluid would be coming out of the overflow because there is too much fluid in the transmission, or because the seal has become worn.
Maybe a blown head gasket. fix it quickly.
in the oil pan you have drain radiator and tranny fluids first
No, but some autos use the radiator to cool transmission fluid. It circulates within its own plumbing, and the fluids never commingle.
On a 2001 GMC Savana 5.7 V8. There is no drain plug. You actually have to remove the big hose that joins the engine to the radiator. This will drain out all the fluids.
The transmission oil cooler inside the radiator is no good and allowing the fluids to mix. Not a good situation, don't drive it until it is fixed.
I had mine changed out in an hour, that includes draining the fluids.
If you can unbolt the cooler then unbolt it whatever way is easiest. Then remove the radiator. If it is part of the radiator itself then drain the radiator first completely and then disconnect the tranny lines and try to plug them if possible or put then draining into a container. Dont want to mix the fluids. Then remove the radiator. That should be it. That is way that I have done it before.
Unbolt and remove the top cover, or metal shroud. This will give you access to the radiator. Remove the rad. hoses and trans. lines. Unplug and/or remove the two fans ( I left them on the radiator when I removed the radiator) then unbolt the radiator and lift out of the car. It will be somewhat heavy if you do not have the fluids drained from it. I assume you need to get the tanks repaired due to leaking.
If its low.. you should check it every two weeks when u go over the other fluids ....
"Flushing" a radiator is recommended when the coolant has passed its recommended service life or has been mixed with other fluids. Most manufacturers have outlined in the owners manual when it should done as maintenance.
form_title=Replace the Coolant Fluids form_header=The fluids in the cooling system need to be replaced regularly. When was the last time you go your coolant flushed?=_ If the thermostat needs to be replaced, would you like me to install a new one?= () Yes () No Have you noticed any leaks in your radiator?= () Yes () No
It may have a bad temperature sensor. My 01 Escape radiator light comes on intermittently and I can't nail down the precise conditions. 3 different FORD garages have told me the sensor in the coolant reservoir is bad. Bad news is that to replace the sensor you have to replace the whole reservoir; good news is that it only costs ~$75 at Autozone. Since I know that this is the problem I just keep an eye on the fluid level until I get a chance to replace it.
There isn't a radiator drain plug. Instead, you have to loosen the lower radiator hose and drain the fluids. Be careful and don't do it after running the motor. Do it when the fluid is cold/cool. Also, wear eye protection, as the fluid tends to go everywhere!!
I believe there isn't one, just the surge tank cap. All the fluids are added from there.