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Engine What type of funnel are you using to refill the radiator

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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    I forget if 1st gens have that angled radiator cap...
    Are any of you using one of those special funnels to avoid spills when refilling the radiator?
    Like this one:
    Lisle 17232 Right Angle Funnel
    https://www.amazon.com/Lisle-17232-Right-Angle-Funnel/dp/B00MEPIU4M/
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    Or one of the other special funnels specifically designed for this?
    The reviews suggest that people find other uses for these things.
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    I use a small funnel that is fairly long; about 9 or 10 inches, and is tapered all along its length. Some coolant drips out when the rad is almost filled. Then I start the car, rev up the engine, and can put another pint or so into the rad.
    After that I make sure the recovery bottle has a few inches in the bottom, and I check the coolant level a few times in the mornings, to make sure its filling itself by 'drinking' from the recovery bottle. I check the level in the radiator, and the level in the recovery bottle.

    I use the same funnel when refilling the automatic transmissions.
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    On my second generation wagon, I just very carefully pour the coolant jug directly into the radiator. With those long funnels you have to be careful not to fill the rad and have a bunch of coolant still in the funnel.

    If I spill a small amount I just wash it away with a bit of water.
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    this is what I use for everything no bleeding needed works with a vacuum. one of my best tools.
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    I never used one. I just filled up the res and then topped off the rad with what was left in the jug.
    No spills because I'm a real man.

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