9 Easy Steps to Bleach Your Car's Cooling System

It can be difficult to get all of the coolant out after replacing a thermostat or water pump.

Overheating can cause engine damage.

These steps will simplify the situation. This step-by-step guide will help you get rid of all that air quickly and safely.

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  1. Different Methods of Bleeding the Car’s Cooling System
    1. The Old Manual Method
    2. Vacuum Method
  2. How to flush your car's cooling system
    1. Step 1. Get your coolant ready
    2. Step 2: Lift the front end of your car
    3. Step 3: Add Coolant up to MAX
    4. Step 4: Get the engine started
    5. Step 5: Increase the temperature control heat to maximum
    6. Step 6: Rev the engine to 3000-4000 rpm
    7. Step 7: Carefully open Bleed Valves
    8. Step 8: If necessary, refill the coolant
    9. Step 9 Go to a test-drive
    10. Step 10: Add coolant to the tank again

Different Methods of Bleeding the Car’s Cooling System

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Two methods can be used to get the cool air from your cooling system.

The Old Manual Method

Manual bleeding is an old-fashioned method of cooling the system.

Some cars have one or more air bleed valves to get the air out from the system, and some cars don’t have this air bleed valve, which makes it a lot more difficult.

You don't need to have any special tools for this process. The article will provide a step by step guide.

Vacuum Method

Vacuum is my preferred method. To use this method, you will need to have a vacuum and/or compressed air depending on what tool it is.

This method, however, creates a vacuum, sucking out any air from your cooling system in seconds. The coolant then fills the space. This method is very efficient and will eliminate the need to worry about your vehicle cooling bleeding. It takes less than a minute to get the perfect result.

Amazon has a wide selection of tools that you might be interested in. You will need an air compressor to use this tool.

It is fine if you don't feel the need to purchase one of these tools or do not wish to travel to a workshop in order to use it. When I don't have access to the vacuum bleeder, this is how I do it.

How to flush your car's cooling system

This is a guide on how to manually bleed your car’s cooling system without any special tools. Be careful with car cooling systems as they can heat up to boiling point.
Two people make it easier, so be sure to have a buddy! These steps will make it easy to drain the coolant system.

Total time 30 minutes

Step 1. Get your coolant ready

Coolant Mix

This guide will start by making sure that your antifreeze is in good condition. It is important to use only the right coolant as directed by your manufacturer. You could endanger your engine by using the wrong coolant!
You can check the repair manual to determine which coolant is best for you or speak with your dealer.
If the anti-freeze concentrate coolant is concentrated, you should mix it with half water and half coolant.
For the best instructions, make sure you read the coolant description. You must ensure that your coolant mixture is appropriate if you are located in cold countries. Coolant that freezes inside your engine can cause it to fail.
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Step 2: Lift the front end of your car

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The first step to get a better result, but one that is not often done by many is raising the vehicle's front. This will make it easier to get air out, particularly if you have a radiator filling cap. If you have a car with an external expansion tank installed in the engine’s rear, this may not be necessary.
To raise the car’s front, you could either use a floor jack or put the car on a steep hill with the front upwards.
When raising your car with a floor jack, always also use Jack Stands to prevent any accidents.

Step 3: Add Coolant up to MAX

Fill Coolant

Now when the car front is raised, it’s time to fill your coolant as much as possible. When you're adding coolant to your engine, make sure they are open if there is an air bleed valve. If coolant starts to flow out of them, you can close them.
Antifreeze can be toxic and should not flow down into your floors or roads. Your local environment assessment should receive all coolant. Be aware that coolant can cause severe illness in animals if it is consumed. Be careful when applying anti-freeze. Once you've filled the coolant to its maximum capacity, move on to the next step

Step 4: Get the engine started

Starting Car

Now, you should start the engine. A friend can help you do this. The water pump can push coolant through the radiator when you turn on your engine. A tool such as this is installed to your radiator in order to prevent it from happening.

Step 5: Increase the temperature control heat to maximum

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Once you've started the engine, turn up your climate control heat. It depends on the car, but many cars use a valve that will restrict the coolant from flowing inside the car’s thermal pack if the climate control is set to cold.
Others cars will redirect coolant flow and airflow. No matter which model you have, it’s an easy step to put your climate control to the MAX heat.

Step 6: Rev the engine to 3000-4000 rpm

Rpm Limit

Let your friend get in the car, and then let him rev your engine up to 3000-4000 RPM. The coolant could flow from the radiator if the spill tool is not used. While you work in the system, keep the RPMs constant. While working in the cooling system, ensure that it does not get too hot.

Step 7: Carefully open Bleed Valves

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Now, your friend can rev the engine a little. You can then loosen the coolant valves. It is important that the coolant temperature does not exceed 85 degrees. If it is too hot, you could endanger your vehicle. Be attentive to any coolant temperature peaks and coolant leaks at this point. Close the bleed valves until coolant is removed from them. Continue this several times, until the coolant leaves them.

Step 8: If necessary, refill the coolant

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Close your air bleeding valves. Restart your engine and let it idle for a second time. These steps should be repeated until the heat gets inside your car. Reattach the radiator cap. You should remove the radiator cap if your coolant temperature exceeds 90c. Warning: Hot coolant can cause damage to you if it’s not used with care.
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Step 9 Go to a test-drive

Drive Car

You should now make sure that you can’t find any leaks after your repair. You can now take the car for a lengthy test drive, if it looks okay. You should be careful with your coolant temperature and ensure the car does NOT overheat during this test drive. You don't want your head gasket blowing if you overheat the car. You should check all functions as well the temperature control.

Step 10: Add coolant to the tank again

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Your test drive was successful if there were no temperature spikes or unusual behavior. Verify that there are no coolant leaks.
After that, let the vehicle rest for at least an hour. Then, take another test drive. Follow the exact same steps and inspect for coolant levels and leaks.
Your repair should be completed after you have followed these steps. You can continue troubleshooting if you notice any unusual behavior.
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