How to purge air from cooling system by yourself easily

The cooling system of a vehicle is responsible for removing heat that is generated by the engine and transmission into the environment. It uses coolant fluid for this.

Air introduced into the cooling system negatively affects the cooling efficacy hence, it is necessary to purge any air that is trapped in the cooling system.

Different cars have different methods of purging air that is trapped in the cooling system. Every car manufacturer has guide on how to bleed a particular car. The manufacturer advice is to be followed.

However, through experience, there is a quick and easy way to do it especially when a non-technical person is in a situation where he or she cannot successfully locate bleed screws to perform the bleeding.

The person might not even have any tool to use. This method is as easy as ABCD... and it is actually a manufacturer recommended bleeding procedure of some cars.


Items needed for the cooling system bleeding

All that you need to purge air out of the cooling system is the new coolant. That's all! Having a funnel that can fit tightly to the expansion tank (where the cover normally fits into) may give added advantage.


Quick cooling system air purging procedure

Below are the steps to follow:

1. Allow the engine to cool.

2. While the engine is still off, remove the expansion tank cover or radiator cover of the cooling system.

3. Pour in fresh coolant until the cooling system is filled. If you have a funnel that fits tightly, use it to introduce the fluid. It helps to purge air out easily by raising the highest point of the cooling system. Another trick people use is raising the front end of the vehicle or by placing it on an incline.

4. Put transmission in park, activate the parking brake and start the engine (you might need someone else to do this for you).

5. Revv the engine to 3,000 revolutions per minute repeatedly but sometimes holding it steady at same rpm for few seconds.

6. When you are satisfied that all air has been purged out and before the coolant starts to boil or overflow, cover the radiator or expansion tank. 

7. Drive!