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Old 03-17-2008, 08:04 PM   #1
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Question Slow Bubbles Into The Resevoir Tank

Recently I replaced the heater core vacuum inlet valve unit that opens up to allow hot coolant to flow into the heater core. I believe this was the cause of my consistent coolant loss in the past because there had always been a wet spot right below it and now there isn't any. Also, I burped my coolant system three days ago and got most of the air out of the heater core / coolant system, I assume.

So now I have been starting my car up and driving it around allowing it to reach operating temp and the T-stat to open up. After which I park on level ground, engine still on, to take a look at the coolant resevoir tank. I notice with the resevoir tank lid off, but the rubber hose still submerged in the coolant, that there is a consistent slow bubble that burps up from the bottom of the hose. Maybe one every second and a half. After I turn off the car and look at the resevoir tank the same way, the bubbles increase to about two every second. Within this month I have replaced the T-stat and radiator cap, both Toyota OEM parts.

A key thing to note is that my coolant level for the past three days has stayed the same level in both the radiator and the resevoir tank. The level in the resevoir tank stays the same before and after turning the car on and off. I'm just getting this bubble issue that I don't have any experience with to know if it is normal or not.

EDIT: I just checked the resevoir tank 20mins after I turned off the car and the bubbling has ceased. The coolant level in the resevoir tank is still at the same level as before and after the car was turned on and off. As far as the radiator I will check once it is completly cooled down.

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Old 03-18-2008, 01:04 PM   #2
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I would say if your levels are good then you probably are fine. The thing with burping the systems you arent going to get out all of the bubbles in the block. These bubbles get trapped and with really good system flow will get worked out. Go ahead and drive it and check your temp and levels every now and then and you should be fine. If you want to really check the coolant pressure then with the engine running and thermostat open grab the top radiator hose and throttle up. You should feel it expand in your hand. This lets you know your water pump is working good.
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:37 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tip. I was wondering what a good way to test the water pump was so I'll surely do this test today. It's just anytime something doesn't work well on this car I lose confidence in driving it, I can only afford to tow it home so many times a year.
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