How to Burp an Air Pocket in the Radiator of a Ford Escapeby Michael Davidson
The Ford Escape is a popular small SUV that is available in both regular and hybrid engine types. The Escape is a four-door vehicle that Ford generally offers at a lower price, which helps with its overall sales popularity. The Escape can sometimes have radiator problems, and air pockets can form that can interfere with the vehicle's performance. Burping an air pocket out of the radiator of a Ford Escape can take a little bit of effort, but you will notice improved vehicle function immediately.
Fill the radiator with a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water.The radiator needs to be filled to the very top. If your coolant is premixed, additional water will not be necessary.
Fill the coolant reservoir tank with the same mixture of coolant and water. Fill it to its entirety and replace the cap.
Run the engine while the radiator cap is off. Keep an eye on your engine temperature gauge while doing this. You'll know the radiator has burped when the coolant level suddenly drops, and you may see air bubbles float to the surface of the coolant.
Refill the radiator to capacity and replace the radiator cap.
Drive the car. If the engine temperature starts exceeding normal levels, there may be another bubble that burped out, and the system requires more coolant. Refill as needed when the engine is cool.
- If your engine temperature goes into the red or if you get a warning light at any time regarding temperature, shut off the engine immediately and allow it to cool.
- Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot. The coolant will be scalding hot and is under high pressure. Taking the cap off could result in severe burns as the coolant is forced out under high pressure.
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