with coolant question!
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08-14-2015, 06:50 AM #1
with coolant question!
Hey everyone well long story short i sold my 2000 trans am 6 years ago and just bought it back again. Going thru all of the fluids this morning as i wasn't able to last night because it was dark the oil and trans fluids all look good. But when I pop the radiator cap i don't see any fluid. I see residual of fluid so i know there is some in there but shouldn't it be filled to the top of the radiator? Or should I turn it on and let it warm some first (not fully to operating temp) and than i'll see the fluid. also there is some discussion on here about what color antifreeze to use....if it's green should i stick with that one and top it off? as we all know there isn't any pontiac dealers left to buy dexcool so where else could I buy it if it is in fact red? thanks for any help!~Chris2000 Arctic White trans am, ws6 hood, ws6 air box, slp lid, slp smooth bellows, slp loudmouth exhaust,shift kit, rebuilt trans, LS6 intake, 3.73 gears, Shaner S3 p/p throttle body, and a tune . SFC. C6 ZO6 rims 18" in back 17" in front. Drilled and slotted rotors.
08-14-2015, 07:35 AM #2
If its green, stick with green. If its orange, stick with orange. They also make a universal antifreeze for both colors, but I don't like to mix it up. The level of fluid should be at the top of the radiator. I normally pull the cap off when the car is cold. Start up the engine, then fill it to the spot where the hose coming off the throttle body meets the radiator. It's just below the opening of the cap. When you reach operating temperature and the cooling fans come on, your good. If you over fill it while its warming up, you will lose a little fluid when the car begins to warm up. Also check the level in the overflow bottle. There are measurements on the overflow bottle dip stick for both hot and cold levels.
08-15-2015, 07:50 AM #3
Even with Pontiac gone, GM is still GM. Go to any GM dealer and they should be able to help you. That or look in the manual for what type of coolant it takes and google it, order it online. I personally feel the reservoir should always have fluid in it because that is the back up fluid incase any leaks or burns out, aside of being the obvious point that something is low. I would look really well for any leaking or have an oil analysis done.2000 Trans Am WS.6 M6
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08-15-2015, 10:24 AM #4
couple things.....like someone pointed out you can still get dexcool all over the place. I personally just run a global type in all of my vehicles but that's just personal preference. If you can't see antifreeze then you're in fact low. Now my question would be where did it go? Need to see if you have any leaks and where the missing fluid is going. Dexcool doesn't tolerate contamination very well.
08-15-2015, 10:37 AM #5
08-17-2015, 04:12 AM #6
I used Royal Purple synthetic gear oil back when I installed my Moser 12 bolt, well over 10 years ago. Have had zero issues with it, So thats what I recommend.1998 Pontiac TA, stock heads, FAST 90, FAST 90 TB, FLP LT, off road y-pipe with cat delete, flow master muffler, comp cams 54-457-11 223/231-610/617-112 LSA, Pro charger D1SC with FMIC @ 8psi, FROST tune, VIG 3200 stall, built 4l60e, snow meth kit, MOSER 12 bolt 373 gears, Derale 13900 trans cooler.
08-17-2015, 07:32 AM #7
I went through the same thing a couple of months ago. Found an 02 CETA with 13,000 on it. First owner only 7500 in 12 years. Second owner 6000 in 6 months. I have a mechanic friend who works at a large Chevy dealership. Took it to him to change and flush all the fluids so that I would have a base point to start with. I also had him replace the fuel filter..
It took me about a week to get a coolant level that I thought would be correct. 3 time out of 4, when I removed the cap the level would be down 4-5 inches. Almost took a flashlight to see it. Filled it to the neck and would run until good and hot. Check next day cold and down again. Finally got overflow tank at the cold level and level in tank would vary between right at the overflow tube and 4-5 inches down, but so would the level in the overflow tank. Even now the level in the tank will very when cold from right at the overflow tube to 4-5 inches down. But, if the level is 4-5 inches down in the tank, the level in the overflow is a little above the cold level. So it appears that a level between the overflow tube and 4-5 inches down is pretty normal as long as you have some in the overflow tank. Also, 4-5 inches down is not a lot of coolant.
Last edited by RCH33; 08-17-2015 at 07:37 AM.
08-17-2015, 10:32 AM #8
Of course, Orion could have been draining it out whe. He was taking my wheel center caps
08-17-2015, 02:32 PM #9It's stock.
08-17-2015, 03:36 PM #10
08-17-2015, 05:10 PM #11
what weight? and will i have to add any addative when doing the refill? and how much do the 10 bolt rear ends take?
08-17-2015, 07:04 PM #12
Here is the link on car maintenance I wrote in 2011. It's in the General Help section (stickied).
General Routine Maintenance / Service Intervals
Rear Axle - Standard Differential
Use SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Axle Lubricant (GM Part #12378261 or equivalent meeting GM Specification 9986115).
Change every 30,000 miles
Rear Axle - Limited-Slip Differential
Use SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Axle Lubricant (GM Part #12378261 or equivalent meeting GM Specification 9986115). With a complete drain and refill add 4 ounces of Limited-Slip Axle Lubricant Additive (GM Part #1052358 or equivalent). Even though the 2000 model year and later F-body limited-slip differentials are a gear type Torsen unit, the use of a limited-slip additive is still recommended.
Change every 30,000 miles
08-17-2015, 07:34 PM #13
Thanks 35th. Kinda of a dumb question but how do I know if mine came with the limited slip? I had 373 gears installed. Would they have removed it?
08-17-2015, 07:58 PM #14
08-18-2015, 05:56 AM #15
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I prefer the "road stripe test" for posi-traction.
08-18-2015, 07:01 AM #16
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08-18-2015, 10:09 AM #18
Ah yes, Jeff's way is a little more fun lol.
08-19-2015, 09:28 AM #19
YEP, What pajeff02 said. I like to "check" my posi out just about every time I drive it. You can never be to sure, always best to double check. LOL
08-19-2015, 12:09 PM #20
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