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Old 04-01-2011, 10:23 PM   #1
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cooling system pressure?

Does the cooling system pressurize on Wranglers like a regular cooling system? Reason I ask, I came home last night and was checking under the hood and my upper hose wasn't hard and was somewhere between hot/warm (able to touch). Coolant levels looked normal in the tank and radiator (after it was cooler). I had just ran the Jeep about 35 highway miles, operating temps around 210, even after coming off highway. I checked within less than 5 min of turning the Jeep off. System is tight with no leaks and coolant is clean.

I am used to the hoses being near rock hard until the system cools off, but I am learning that Wranglers tend to operate a bit differently than other vehicles. I've had my Wrangler since this past Wed so some of the quirks are still new to me. Familiar to Jeeps but new to Wranglers.

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Old 04-01-2011, 10:29 PM   #2
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Mine is the same way. Just make sure you have the radiator topped off as a lack of coolant can cause problems as you can imagine. The pressure cap is a stock 18 psi, but I do not think my system has ever seen that pressure.

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Old 04-02-2011, 06:10 PM   #3
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The system runs the same as any automotive coolant system. If the temp is normal (210) it is fine. The system runs up to 18 PSI (radiator cap rating)
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:26 AM   #4
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Okay, thanks. I guess I am just used to my WJ with the same motor. Thought they would operate the same.
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