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Posted: 06/13/18 08:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

our 2006 itasca witha a gas engine has been parked for a couple of years.
we wanted to drive it a mile or so to get it serviced - engine all change etc.
we noticed that the yellow coolant was very low. there is nothing on the floor, does this stuff evaporate?

will it do any harm to drive it to the servicing folks?

we will have a look to see if the hoses are okay.
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If you are going to change the coolant, just add water-- distilled water best, and a good use of $.97.

If not going to change coolant, determine what is in there and buy some of it.

I would NOT drive with very low coolant level.

Now, if the level in the overflow reservoir is all that is low, no worries. BUT, you need to remove the radiator cap to verify that the level in there is OK.


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wolfe10 wrote:

....BUT, you need to remove the radiator cap to verify that the level in there is OK.


Only do this on a cold engine. Steam burns hurt. A Lot!


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Check all the RV systems too. Two years is a while. Your drive to the repair shop would be good for sloushing the water/bleach mix around in the fresh water tank.


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Posted: 06/13/18 08:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it were me I would add water and then tell the service personel that your coolant was low so they can test the system.


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ksg5000 wrote:

If it were me I would add water and then tell the service personel that your coolant was low so they can test the system.


X2!
DONT drive it with low coolant.


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How low is low?

Is it the expansion/overflow reservoir that shows low? Low here is fine to drive unless it is totally empty then check the radiator.

Is the radiator actually low as you look into the tank? If you see some coolant in the radiator it is probably fine to go a couple easy miles to the shop. Otherwise top it off with distilled water or 50/50 coolant if you have the right stuff.


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thanks everyone for your help

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So, was the radiator or just the overflow reservoir low???

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wolfe10 wrote:

So, was the radiator or just the overflow reservoir low???

good question!
we have not yet started the engine.
it is low in that big round overflow reservoir.
maybe when we start the engine it will go back to normal
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