Other then looking in the Radiator opening. How do I tell where the Fluid should be at. I think I may have over filled it before. Some of the Antifreeze sprayed on my hood.
Thanks in advance
The correct level is at a point just below the inlet where the water enters the radiator from the block. You can't really overfill it, as the radiator will seek the proper level once it gets to running temperature. There should be an overflow tube that directs the excess to the ground under the car, but for this to happen, the cap must be on tightly, so the fluid does not get on your hood. If your water is rusty, it will coat the chassis cross member, spring, steering linkage and front axle with a brown rusty stain, once it dries, so wash off any overflow with a water hose to prevent this. Jim Patrick
Wes I want you answering all forum questions from here on out.
I think that one is running hot.
Nah. I'd bet she's a little bit cold.
Then again, I can't start the old Twin City tractor here and prolly couldn't get her revved up neither. Yeah, I could. :-)
Paul, is your overflow plugged if some of the coolant spayed on the hood?
I fill mine to just below the overflow tube. :-)
Your over flow tube sounds a little on the short side, most of mine come up even or into the filler neck. You need about an inch covering the head plate or just below the Ford script on the shell.
On my car its about 1/2 inch lower than where that little red pointy thing on the pointer she is holding is at. This gal is almost spot on!. I usually stick the fuel stick in the radiator and find that the 2.5 gallon point seems to be perfect. Of course this gal may have some effect on the level at which this car boils over.
On my car its about 1/2 inch lower than where that little red pointy thing on the pointer she is holding. This gal is almost spot on!. I usually stick the fuel stick in the radiator and find that the 2.5 gallon point seems to be perfect. Of course this gal may have some effect on the level at which this car boils over.
Sorry, my brain boiled over
HaHaHa, Great pcture and info. I will check the hose overflow to see if its clogged.
Where she is pointing to is just about right, maybe a tad higher, if you have no water pump.
I can't see that far into the new Berg radiator on my '23. There is a plate in the way. I've been filling the radiator up to the over flow and driving it until it heats up enough to dump what it doesn't want. Always have people blowing their horn to let me know my car is leaking.
What red pointy thing?
If the overflow pop a leak, common problem when using Bardal Pelletized stop leak,most of the time one or more little rubber pellets get stuck in there,plugging things up. Derrick Pang's runabout he'd that problem.
I took a real thin coat hanger ,put a slight bend in one end(like an extended burr) and bent the other end into a crank configuration. Slid it in and cranked while forcing it down the tube, cranking all the time. Got that thing RotoRootered out, worked like a charm.
Edit last comment. "If overflow pipe is plugged. " common problem ...
Mark, I'd say you're WAY overfilling. Both mine have Berg's radiators. They both run with the level just below the baffle you see when removing the cap. There is an elongated slot in the baffle maybe 1/2 or 5/8 wide and maybe 1-1/2 long or so. I can see the liquid level through that slot and it is just barely below that. That's where both of mine run.
No, I'm stuck with "full radiator syndrome" Mark. If it's low, it's TOO low to this brain. :-)
I fill to almost in the neck and if they potty, that's OK. And you are correct about overflow tubes being up in the neck.
Mine are too.
Funny, it bugs the tar out of this brain when filling up a rad for the season when some of the water goes down the overflow. :-)
I would guess then you are not running anti-freeze or something to prevent rust in the block!
I fill it up slightly past the the top of the overflow with a 50/50 mix, let her puke out what she doesn't seem to want or need on the first few drives, and I'm set for the season. A simple system, that simply works.
Mark, you are correct. I use soft water in my T's. I need to change that and add at least a little anti-freeze...
This brain is stuck with plain water tho. I'm too damned period correct and yet I vary wildly from correct.
I get ya. :-)
We shouldn't scale up our T's with rust.
Don't invite rust.
I set up and take down a return flue boiler once a year that has a water leg in the middle of it and up until a few years ago, that water leg was scaled up full and plugged tight. Poor thing has always crapped out bunches of scale.
3000 gallons verses 2 gallons. Same thing. :-)
I'll vow to try to do better. :-)
(Message edited by Duey_C on September 21, 2017)