Why would the reservoir be full and the radiator low on fluid?

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Asked by Dec 06, 2014 at 08:06 PM about the 2009 Jeep Liberty Limited 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2009 Jeep Liberty wasn't throwing any heat. The answer I got here helped me find out why and the heat is going great. The radiator was low on fluid. Problem is the reservoir was full so I didn't bother checking the radiator at first. Why would the reservoir be full and the radiator so low on fluid that the heat quit?

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Is the small return hose from the reservoir to the top of your radiator plugged or punctured?

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I'd say the radiator cap is faulty. When the cap is sealed, as the engine cools it forms a vacuum that pulls the coolant back from the overflow bottle

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