My 2002 chevy s10 won't start

Asked by Aug 14, 2014 at 05:05 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2002 chevy s10, I replaced
the radiator as the old one had been
cracked and leaking. After I installed
the new radiator the coolant reservoir
was gurgling and the truck was idling
rough. Now the truck won't start and
smells like gas when it turns over.
Any ideas of what the problem could
be?

1 Answer

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Sounds like you got air bubbles in your coolant lines and it needs burped. theres two ways to burp your lines, take the cap off your coolant reservoir which it sounds like you already did, but in this case since you have a brand new radiator theres gonna be quite a bit of air in your lines. So in this case the best thing to do is take the Cap off your coolant reservoir then you Locate the thermostat and on top of it you should see a small part that you have to unscrew with an allen key. All you have to do is unscrew that a full turn then after that keep trying to turn it over until it starts, once it does go back around to the thermostat and itll bubble for a bit burping the air out of the system. Once straight coolant with no bubbles starts flowing out go ahead and screw the nut back down. DONT TIGHTEN IT DOWN TOO HARD it breaks easy. Then let your truck run for 10 to 15 mins with the cap off to make sure all the airs out. Hoope this helps

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