Coolant flushing 1.5D 106

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TheHatter
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Coolant flushing 1.5D 106

Post by TheHatter » 23 Apr 2003, 00:14

Hi,
I am just giving my mums 1.5 D a quick service, and thought I would do the
coolant, it hasn't been done as long as she has had the car (a few years
now). First thing, when I bled the system, the coolant came out in two
colours - green and purple (probably not good). So I decided to flush the
rad to remove any crud that could be there.
When reading the Haynes manual, it mentions in the servicing section 3 or 4
bleed screws. Then in the coolant section of the manual it mentions only
one. I could only find one, and that was the one labelled in the Haynes
manual. So I filled up the system as I would any other car - bleed screw
off, all pipes checked, put some coolant in to header tank until I can see
coolant coming from the bleed point. Then I blow through the header tank so
to pressurise the system and get all the air out, once I see only water
here, I do up the bleed screw and top up. I ran the engine - however the rad
fan didn't kick in (I tested the fan with a piece of wire, that worked - I
am guessing dodgy rad fan switch). The in-car heater was blowing hot enough
when I tested this, so I let the car sit to cool.
After a while once it was all cooled down, I topped up again, and re-bled
the system. Then ran the car again.Still no fan. Anyway, firstly - how many
bleed points should there be on this engine? It's a 95 model. Secondly,
would I be right to guess dodgy rad fan switch? I can never remember the fan
kicking in, even when borrowing the car and having to sit in hot motorway
traffic.
Thanks.

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Coolant flushing 1.5D 106

Post by JohnD » 23 Apr 2003, 00:32

On the 1.5D engine there's only the one bleed screw which is set into the hose near the header tank. The fan cuts in at 96C. Mine very rarely does anything.

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Coolant flushing 1.5D 106

Post by TheHatter » 23 Apr 2003, 00:36

Ah, thanks! So the Haynes manual has it wrong (again) :)
96C, that sounds a little hot. Would it be worth finding a lower-temp fan switch? I was a bit worried when the haynes tells me to fast idle until the fan comes on, I waited, and waited, and waited. Then I gave up before something went bang.

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Post by JohnD » 23 Apr 2003, 01:48

Providing the thermostat is opening correctly at around 88C and the bottom hose is cooler than the top, I don't think you have anything to worry about. The temperature warning light shows at 118C.