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    How long should I wait after a over heat?
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    When it cools down and there is no steam...either that or you can pop it while its still hot to let the pressure out and let it cool down faster

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    Thank you

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    watch your fingers and eyes......
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    Gloves, wrench and don't look at it when you pop that sob.
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    Those darn overheated radiator.
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    yeah dude, i was freezing my @$$ off and wanted so bad just to rip it open so that i could pour in coolant
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    Well you can if you look away and have a duty towel, and are protected ha ha!
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    I remember that same thing happen to me on a snow day. "Oh, boy" I freeze my *** off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnly View Post
    Well you can if you look away and have a duty towel, and are protected ha ha!
    haha, that is what I used to do, worked everytime, just have to becareful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RHChan84 View Post
    haha, that is what I used to do, worked everytime, just have to becareful.
    Exactly! The key is to use a towel draped over everything to deflect the initial steam burst. Putthe towel over the cap, turn cap enough to open cap to first position and get out of the way!
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    little trick if your too low on coolant and you don't want to blow hot steam in your face. Take your reservoir take and fill it with cold water. Flip it upside down and squeeze the water into the radiator. will cool of faster so you can pop the cap sooner than later. That it if your reservoir is removable. Mine in on my honda is..It just clips into place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kc8flb View Post
    Exactly! The key is to use a towel draped over everything to deflect the initial steam burst. Putthe towel over the cap, turn cap enough to open cap to first position and get out of the way!
    This is what I always did. The bigger and thicker the towel the better. As long as its doubled or even quadrupled over, and you bunch it around the cap and turn you'll be fine. Gloves are a good idea in addition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flcb7 View Post
    little trick if your too low on coolant and you don't want to blow hot steam in your face. Take your reservoir take and fill it with cold water. Flip it upside down and squeeze the water into the radiator. will cool of faster so you can pop the cap sooner than later. That it if your reservoir is removable. Mine in on my honda is..It just clips into place.
    I would think, if it's out of water, put water in the reservoir like you said, and it should suck it up by itself.
    Also, if you are near a hose when you're overheated, spray water on the radiator to cool things down so the cap can be removed.

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