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    When should lower radiator hose get hot?

    Finished replacing my water pump (64k miles), belts, and upper/lower radiator hoses (and,of course, the fan shroud that got trashed when the water pump went out!).

    Filled radiator through expansion tank. Started car. It warms up to th 12:00 needle position on the gauge after a few minutes and drove around block. Gauge stayed at straight up position, tons of heat blowing into cabin.

    Pulled back in garage. Top radiator hose HOT - but bottom hose cold.

    What's going on? Do I have air in the system? Shouldn't the coolant in the radiator be circulating through top and bottom hoses all the time? Over-filled?

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    I think...

    ...the flow is such that upper goes FROM the engine TO the radiator and the bottom FROM the radiator TO the engine. If that's the case than the lower hose should be cooler than the upper.

    I've never felt the lower, but tomorrow when I get home I can let you know...
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    Why no answers? Is it a stupid question? nt


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    Re: When should lower radiator hose get hot?

    Not a stupid question. Lower hose will get hot as water circulates through the radiator - which is not necessarily all the time. It will circulate when the thermostat opens up, after the engine reaches operating temperature, which will depend on the setting of the thermostat. Some open at 180F, others 195F, etc.

    Did you replace the thermostat? It could be malfunctioning. Or perhaps the engine has just not warmed up enough for the thermostat to open. Air in the system is a slight possibility, did you follow the Bentley procedures for bleeding?
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    Re: When should lower radiator hose get hot?

    Thanks for reply.

    Did not replace thermostat. And today I removed about a pint of coolant and drove further. Apparently, the last time it did not get hot enough to open the thermostat. This time, I turned off the heat and turned on the AC, trying to get the engine hot. Gauge stayed at noon position and lower hose got warm. Got a few bubbles out of bleed screw on expansion tank (2000 2.5). So all is okay. Just need to keep an eye on the coolant level now, I guess.


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    Where did you get your name "bandman"...

    I used to play in the US Air Force Band (clarinet/bass clarinet) and was wondering if it has anything to do with classical music or not. Just curious.

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    Re: Where did you get your name bandman...

    Yes - I'm a band director. I enjoy Mahler and such while "topless!"

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    Aweet! Where do you direct?...

    There is another clarinetist on the site (rarely these days) named Lobo in Indiana. My sister and her husband both teach music in Texas. Where are you?

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    Stupid phone keyboard, that should say sweet.


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