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cooling system vacuum refill kit #5389161 03/30/20 07:35 AM
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I see HF has one that is less than the name brands. Any try this one?

https://www.harborfreight.com/autom...ng-system-test-and-refill-kit-64985.html

Unsure if it needs to be held in place until there is enough vacuum or does it have a way of expanding a rubber piece that holds it in place.

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Re: cooling system vacuum refill kit [Re: Donald] #5389173 03/30/20 07:47 AM
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The pictures clearly show adapters to fit different necks. Like most HF tools it’s a copy of an existing kit.


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Re: cooling system vacuum refill kit [Re: Donald] #5389220 03/30/20 08:32 AM
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Here is a review from the HF website.

Originally Posted by HF User
First use. Seems to work just fine!
I appreciate that HF made this tool! I needed it to test and fill my N63 (550i). It seems to work as expected. I had some difficulty getting a proper seal on the reservoir, but it doesn't seem like that's a tool deficiency. The tool seems robust, like it may withstand moderate impact. The device is heavy, and seems like it's made from dense polymer. The 6 rubber grommets included are various sizes, and designed to fit into the coolant reservoir. The rubber adapters are soft and malleable, which I expect means that they are made from sufficient quality rubber. The tool core, which is tightened to seal the device to the vehicle and act as an orifice to deliver fluid, appears to be made of anodized aluminum. Anodized aluminum seems better than steel in this application because it may have less reactivity with ethylene glycol (and variants). I experienced some trouble when trying to hold a vacuum with the device. Upon reflection, it seems the weight of the attached compressor hose would pull the device slightly ajar, breaking the seal with the reservoir. I realized after I disconnected the tool that may be the purpose of the small hook affixed to the top of the device. Regardless of my inability to use the tool properly, I was able to pull a vacuum on the cooling system, and dunked the intake hose into the coolant bottle. The intake filter fits into a standard coolant jug, but it seemed like the intake filter diameter was too large to fit into a standard gallon water jug. Closing the compressor valve and releasing the coolant intake valve caused the cooling system to drain a jug of coolant. When the first jug was empty, I moved the intake into the next jug, recharged the vacuum, and drained another bottle of coolant. Let the car sit overnight and no visible leaks remained. While I may have lacked the acuity to properly use the tool, it seems like it performed as expected. One negative observation arose from cleanup. When the threaded compressor adapter (nipple) is fitted to the tool and the tool placed in the storage case, the nipple protrudes upwards and prevents the case from closing. So, the nipple needs to be removed for storage and reinstalled when the tool needs to be used. A relatively minor gripe, considering I do not expect to use the tool daily.

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Re: cooling system vacuum refill kit [Re: Donald] #5389230 03/30/20 08:40 AM
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Spend the extra $40 on the real deal. https://www.tooltopia.com/uview-550..._Eg-0xqR98ozmzf9mYsxCHZaviEaAv9CEALw_wcB You'll be glad you did.

Re: cooling system vacuum refill kit [Re: Donald] #5389260 03/30/20 09:02 AM
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Yes .

Most likely will fall apart in your hands the first time you attempt to use it.


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Re: cooling system vacuum refill kit [Re: atikovi] #5389290 03/30/20 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
Spend the extra $40 on the real deal. https://www.tooltopia.com/uview-550..._Eg-0xqR98ozmzf9mYsxCHZaviEaAv9CEALw_wcB You'll be glad you did.


Airlift sells 3 kits. What is the difference. Which best for my PSD?


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Re: cooling system vacuum refill kit [Re: Donald] #5389297 03/30/20 09:39 AM
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Looks like they have an economy version to save you $30 or $40, but how much is a coolant service at a shop going to cost you one time vs. the more expensive tool you can use for years.

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The Ford dealer is $400 for both cooling systems. And they may not use distilled water.


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Re: cooling system vacuum refill kit [Re: Donald] #5389539 03/30/20 03:24 PM
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If you had old coolant in the radiator or block would it pull that out as its trying to pull a vacuum? Or just remove air?


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I bought and used the OTC branded coolant vacuum tool and it works great! Didn't have to top off the overflow after a few cycles. It would have been a pain to drain and fill the inverter cooling system without it!


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Bought the same one from your recommendation 2-3 years ago and used it to change the coolant on a VW GTI I once had and my wife's Audi.
It worked good.


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Re: cooling system vacuum refill kit [Re: Donald] #5389617 03/30/20 05:35 PM
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The U-View economy kit works well. I used it for years before it broke:

UView 550500 Airlift II Economy Cooling System Refiller https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IHK1VI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_OnNGEbADAB64M

If you want to invest more, I highly recommend upgrading to the style that uses application specific caps. The cap style ones seem to suck down the system a lot faster.

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Originally Posted by The Critic
The U-View economy kit works well. I used it for years before it broke:

UView 550500 Airlift II Economy Cooling System Refiller https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IHK1VI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_OnNGEbADAB64M

If you want to invest more, I highly recommend upgrading to the style that uses application specific caps. The cap style ones seem to suck down the system a lot faster.


Where did you get the one in the picture. I cannot make out the brand.


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I bought this HF tool and it works great.
My LSA supercharger intercooler system was a pain to bleed. This tool made it fast and simple to fill and bleed all at once.

Then the truck cooling system was done in 1 simple operation. Bleed and filled and done.

2012 Silverado.

It did not break leak or disappoint. It does not feel cheap.
It works well

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