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2005 dodge stratus: 2.7L..coolant doesnt come out of the blead valve

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I just change the thermostat on a 2005 doge stratus, 2.7L engine. I opened the blead valve and filled the expansion tank to the max line, but coolant doesn't come out of the blead valve. What am I doing wrong?

ASEMaster35yrs :

Hi, glad to be of help. Here is the procedure:


STANDARD PROCEDURE - COOLING SYSTEM


FILLING


WARNING: MAKE SURE ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM


IS COOL BEFORE REMOVING PRESSURE CAP OR


ANY HOSE. SEVERE PERSONAL INJURY MAY


RESULT FROM ESCAPING HOT COOLANT. THE


COOLING SYSTEM IS PRESSURIZED WHEN HOT.


CAUTION: Do not use well water, or suspect water


supply in cooling system. Use only a 50/50 mixture


of the specified ethylene glycol type antifreeze/coolant


and distilled water. (Refer to LUBRICATION &


MAINTENANCE/FLUID TYPES - DESCRIPTION).


(1) Close radiator draincock by turning the stem


clockwise to the 3:00 o’clock position. Hand tighten


only.


(2) Install engine block drain plugs, if removed.


WARNING: WHEN INSTALLING DRAIN HOSE TO AIR


BLEED VALVE, ROUTE HOSE AWAY FROM ACCESSORY


DRIVE BELTS, ACCESSORY DRIVE PULLEYS,


AND ELECTRIC COOLING FAN MOTORS.


(3) Attach one end of a 6.35 mm (0.250 in.) ID


clear hose that is approximately 1200 mm (48 in.)


long, to the bleed valve.


² Bleed Valve Location (2.7L): Located on the


water outlet connector at the front of engine (Fig. 5).


² Bleed Valve Location (3.5L): Located on the


lower intake manifold, left of center and below the


upper intake plenum (Fig. 5).


(4) Route hose away from the accessory drive belt,


drive pulleys and electric cooling fan. Place the other


end of hose into a clean container. The hose will prevent


coolant from contacting the accessory drive belt


when bleeding the system during the refilling operation


(Fig. 5).


(5) Open the cooling system bleed valve (Fig. 5).


(6) Attach Special Tool 8195, Filling Aid Funnel to


pressure bottle filler neck (Fig. 6).


(7) Use the supplied clip to pinch overflow hose


that connects between the two chambers of the coolant


bottle (Fig. 6).


CAUTION: Do not mix coolants. If coolant is used


other than specified, a reduction in corrosion protection


will occur.


(8) Pour a 50/50 mix of Mopart Antifreeze/Coolant,


5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula and distilled water into


the larger section of Filling Aid Funnel (the smaller


section of funnel is to allow air to escape). For system


capacity, (Refer to LUBRICATION & MAINTENANCE


- SPECIFICATIONS - FLUID CAPACITIES).


(9) Slowly fill the cooling system until a steady


stream of coolant flows from the hose attached to the


bleed valve (Fig. 5).


(10) Close the bleed valve and continue filling system


to the top of the Filling Funnel.


(11) Remove clip from overflow hose (Fig. 6).


(12) Allow the coolant in Filling Funnel to drain


into overflow chamber of the pressure bottle.


(13) Remove Special Tool 8195, Filling Aid Funnel.


Install cap on coolant pressure bottle.


(14) Remove hose from bleed valve.


(15) Start engine and run until it reaches operating


temperature.


NOTE: The engine cooling system will push any


remaining air into the coolant bottle within about an


hour of normal driving. As a result, a drop in coolant


level in the pressure bottle may occur. If the


engine cooling system overheats and pushes coolant


into the overflow side of the coolant bottle, this


coolant will be sucked back into the cooling system


ONLY IF THE PRESSURE CAP IS LEFT ON THE


BOTTLE. Removing the pressure cap breaks the


vacuum path between the two bottle sections and


the coolant will not return to cooling system.


(16) Shut off engine allow it to cool down. This


permits coolant to be drawn into the pressure chamber.


(17) With engine COLD, observe coolant level in


pressure chamber. Coolant level should be within


MIN and MAX marks. Adjust coolant level as necessary.


NOTE: The coolant bottle has two chambers. Coolant


will normally only be in the inboard (smaller) of


the two. The outboard chamber is only to recover


coolant in the event of an overheat or after a recent


service fill. The outboard chamber should normally


be empty. If there is coolant in the overflow side of


the coolant bottle (after several warm/cold cycles of


the engine) and coolant level is within MIN and MAX


marks, disconnect the end of the overflow hose at


the fill neck and lower it into a clean container.


Allow coolant to drain into the container until emptied.


Reconnect overflow hose to fill neck.

ASEMaster35yrs :

I'm switching to Q&A format to be notified of your response.

You can get the funnel tool here: http://www.handsontools.com/Miller-Tools-8195-Coolant-Funnel--_p_35532.html

 

It's also available through any Mopar dealer.

Let me know if you need more help.

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