Posted by Will Herring on October 02, 2012 at 20:13:42 from (22.214.171.124):
I just did a coolant flush/fill 3 times this weekend. Once I got the 50/50 antifreeze mix in, I ran her for 10 minutes with the cap off. Then put the cap back on, and ran it for another 10 minutes. The cap was just lukewarm. Shut the tractor off, and within 15 minutes, the cap was hot!
Flash forward to the next day. Start up the tractor, run her around for about an hour. The cap was lukewarmish again. Shut the tractor off, and 15 minutes later, the cap is hot!
Is this normal? I mean, it's not like I was out plowing or anything strenuous, just running around and moving some light equipment around. But the cap stayed fairly cool while the tractor was running (and the coolant level settled down to maybe an inch or inch and a half below the radiator cap).
I've got a new thermostat and temp gauge I hope to install this winter; which perhaps may shed new light on this situation. But I am not horribly experienced with these things, so I just don't know if this is normal behavior or not, and I don't have a second tractor to compare it to.
This post was edited by Will Herring at 20:17:58 10/02/12.
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