Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 09:14:09 -0700
From: Ryan Kindseth <>
Subject: hot after new water pump/thermostat

I just replaced the water pump *all by myself, mommy!* and bought a new 82*C or 182 F I think thermostat. The bearing on my old water pump was soooo bad it rattled. anyway, It came off easy peasy but now the engine heats up much sooner and stays hot longer than before. it used to be around 25% maybe 45% on the guage when pump was failing. now it is 50% or more most of the time, I flushed the system with good water justlike I was supposed to and followed the owners manual for draining and filling the coolant system, (set to heat, radiatior plug, drain cock on engine) I put in at least 10.5 qts (what it calls for) and I was getting straight fluid out of the thermostat when I filled it. So I assume that is to get the air out of the line. Now, there is one thing, there is a cap near the resevoir above the alternator that is part of the coolant system. I am not sure what it does. It has threads so I am sure you hook a garden hose to it and use it to flush it out good and proper. BUT I lost the cap!!! I took some wetsuit rubber and a coupla washer and screwed a hose fitting on it. No fluid leaks in this area but it does leak air when I squeeze the hosing. This must be it right? it is not airtight enough.? Also it was easy to change the belts but some moron stripped the anchor bolt on the power steering and now it is hard to adjust. what to do?

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