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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-09-2008, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Cracked water inlet on 2002 2.7L Intrepid

I have a 2002 Intrepid 2.7L. The water inlet came apart while driving the other day, so off it was to the dealer to get a replacement. $100 later and lots of :evil: I got the new one on. Here is my question.

The original part had the bleedvalve located on the inlet itself. The replacement has the bleedvalve located on the hose housing coming in on the front of the housing. I did not replace the whole tube going through to the back of the engine, so I do not have a bleedvalve to bleed the cooling system.

After the installation I filled the coolant to the max level and ran the engine for approx. 5 min. I squeesed all the hoses I could get to to remove trapped air. Replaced the coolant cap and took it for a drive. Heat guage came up to the normal level and no leaks.

Is it ok to have the outlet installed without a bleedvalve, or is there any potential problems? Will the lack of a bleedvalve cause a pressure in the outlet(looks like cheap plastic) and make it burst again?

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You don't run the engine with the bleed valve open. So if you didn't have a bleed valve, your pressure won't be higher than normal. The bleed valve is just there to get the air out.
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"You don't run the engine with the bleed valve open. So if you didn't have a bleed valve, your pressure won't be higher than normal. The bleed valve is just there to get the air out."

Do you think I got enough air out the way I did it?
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Well if your temperature is normal then I don't think there's any problem with it. The location of the bleedvalve should not be a concern (they have reasons for moving it). If you want to be sure that the air is out, you can follow the service manual procedure to do the proper bleed (download the service manual from here). The other way to do bleed is to warm the car up turn it off and open the bleed valve very slightly. The pressure in the system would force the air trapped around the bleed valve out (since the valve is at the highest point).

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"You don't run the engine with the bleed valve open. So if you didn't have a bleed valve, your pressure won't be higher than normal. The bleed valve is just there to get the air out."

Do you think I got enough air out the way I did it?
Just check the level of the coolant in the tank during the next several days. Check when cold and always refill to the same level (when cold). It is not uncommon for small amounts of air to gradually bleed out of the system (via the coolant tank) for several heat/cool cycles after a service like this. Leave the bleeder screw alone.
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