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Old May 20, 2019, 06:02 PM   #1
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When I am burping the air out of the coolant in my car, most articles say to set the heater to Max. What they aren't clear on is whether I should turn the heater on or just leave it set at the hot setting. One article suggested I shouldn't turn the heater on but just leave it set at hot.

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Old May 20, 2019, 06:49 PM   #2
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When I am burping the air out of the coolant in my car, most articles say to set the heater to Max. What they aren't clear on is whether I should turn the heater on or just leave it set at the hot setting. One article suggested I shouldn't turn the heater on but just leave it set at hot.

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Heat Temp set to MAX. Fan Setting set to MAX.

You'll know you have it clear of air pockets when the coolant temp gauge is in the middle [normal operating position] and the air vents start pumping out hot air.
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Old May 20, 2019, 07:11 PM   #3
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Heat Temp set to MAX. Fan Setting set to MAX.

You'll know you have it clear of air pockets when the coolant temp gauge is in the middle [normal operating position] and the air vents start pumping out hot air.

Air vents are pumping out heat just fine, the problem is a sloshing sound I am hearing in the dash when turning and accelerating.

Car only has an overflow reservoir to access. It's a Pontiac G6. Didn't notice any bubbles coming up Hough, and the coolant level is normal.
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Old May 20, 2019, 08:30 PM   #4
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A/C drain stopped up?
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A/C drain stopped up?
Possible, hard to check in this car. Could that sound happen when starting the car too? I often hear fluid sloshing around when I first start.
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Old May 21, 2019, 12:02 AM   #6
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Possible, hard to check in this car. Could that sound happen when starting the car too? I often hear fluid sloshing around when I first start.
Not sure. But I've had that happen to several GM cars over the years. One sign is the passenger floor will likely be wet. Usually finding the drain hose under the car isn't hard.
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Not sure. But I've had that happen to several GM cars over the years. One sign is the passenger floor will likely be wet. Usually finding the drain hose under the car isn't hard.
I don't think it's wet. There is definitely air in the system, but getting it out is tricky since all I have to access is the overflow. This all probably happened when my brother in law replaced my radiator (after he broke it with a car jack slip). I think I saw in a youtube vid that I'd have to loosen some nuts around the engine to bleed it out, but other comments are saying I have to actually remove the hose and that just loosening the nut won't do anything...ugh. GM's are such pains in the ass to work on.
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Had to do this recently on my G6 after replacing the water pump. The brass nut on the bleed valve near the water pump sheared off when trying to loosen it. The threads had corroded over the two years since I replaced the thermostat and had no problem opening it back then.

Some things to try:
- jack the one side of the car up so the overflow tank is the highest point by a good margin and the air bubbles can work themselves out
- squeeze the hoses going to the rad a whole bunch of times
- just let the car cool and sit overnight and trapped air bubbles may be able to get out
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Had to do this recently on my G6 after replacing the water pump. The brass nut on the bleed valve near the water pump sheared off when trying to loosen it. The threads had corroded over the two years since I replaced the thermostat and had no problem opening it back then.

Some things to try:
- jack the one side of the car up so the overflow tank is the highest point by a good margin and the air bubbles can work themselves out
- squeeze the hoses going to the rad a whole bunch of times
- just let the car cool and sit overnight and trapped air bubbles may be able to get out

Let it sit and cool overnight with the cap on or off the overflow?
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Usually you put the cap on, but just loosely (so you don't get any external contaminants).

+1 on squeezing the coolant lines to push air out.
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The brass nut on the bleed valve near the water pump sheared off when trying to loosen it. The threads had corroded over the two years since I replaced the thermostat and had no problem opening it back then.
I'm actually afraid to try to loosen the nut on my own then. I've read that finding a replacement nut for it is very difficult, if that gets wrecked I won't be able to use the car!

The car is not overheating right now and the heater blows hot air once the engine warms up (not that I need it in south east Texas during the summer) but that sloshing noise is driving me crazy.
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I'm actually afraid to try to loosen the nut on my own then. I've read that finding a replacement nut for it is very difficult, if that gets wrecked I won't be able to use the car!
Luckily the one on mine is corroded tight so it never turned before the top sheared off. I was using a small 1/4" ratchet with socket too. Broke off super easy
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