Low coolent level alarm

Submitted: Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 16:31
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Does anyone know of a reliable brand of low coolent level sensoring kit for a radiator ? where to get it and how much .

Thanks.
Kev.
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Reply By: diamond - Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 18:00

Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 18:00
the cheapest and easiest way of keeping track of cooling level is to use your eyes even the best kit can still fail where your eyes wont unless your blind then you shouldnt be driving.
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Follow Up By: Stevo - Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 19:40

Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 19:40
Diamond, I beg to differ, automotive coolant temperature sensors are exactly that ! The sensor measures the temperature of the coolant that is in contact with it. A sudden loss of coolant eg. a blown hose and the resultant rise in engine temperatere will not be detected by the sensor until almost invariably engine damage occurs.
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Follow Up By: Kev. - Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 20:05

Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 20:05
I agree Stevo , apparently the landcruisers temp gauge will read the same even on steem from lack of water.

I cant keep my eyes peeled to the gauge all the time , i just need a back up system.

Kev
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Reply By: chopper - Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 19:49

Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 19:49
can't remember the brand of mine but it was not unreasonably priced and i got it from my auto electrician.
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 23:30

Monday, Feb 24, 2003 at 23:30
Any chance of getting details on it??


how does it work? where is it tapped into the system?
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Follow Up By: Kev. - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 13:24

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 13:24
Truckster it is a probe that it drilled and tapped /welded to the top of the radiator.
A current is sent to it and it earths out through the cooling water , if no water it open circuits and sounds a buzzer and illuminates a light.
Thats how i see it anyway.
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Reply By: Member - John - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 05:52

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 05:52
Hi Kev,

Mannings Service centre in NSW, phone 02 6563 1100 I think, market a unit called Smart Alert for exactly this application. Cost $57.00 inc delivery. I do not know whether they are good or bad but you can decide if this is what you want,

Happy 4 wheeling

Woodsy
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Reply By: One Iota - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 06:57

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 06:57
Kev,

Following on from Woodsy here is a link to Smart Alert:

http://www.smartalert.com.au/

Mahn
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Reply By: Kev. - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 13:26

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 13:26
Thanks John and One i will check them out .

Ta.
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Reply By: Alan H - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 14:01

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 14:01
They sound like a good idea and will check them out myself. Much better than trying to watch the gauge constantly, there's better and safer things to do than that on the road.
I worked in a mine some years ago and a dump truck destroyed an engine through a complete loss of coolant when the operator failed to see the gauge rise, and then fall back when it had nothing to check the temperature of.
Apparently even the constant glancing at the instruments would have missed it, as it can happen very quickly if a hose splits.
I believe the company went to an audible alarm as a back up on all it's machinery after that.
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Reply By: Truckster - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 17:25

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 17:25
Smart alert.

For an outlay of only AUD$49.00 (+$7.50 P&H)


Seeing if I can buy 10 and get better price.
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Follow Up By: Kev. - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 18:47

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 18:47
See if its the one where you install it on the top of the radiator,
On that web site there's no pics only a vague drawing and it looks like the probe is placed under the radiator hose.

may be still ok though but you would think they would have a photo of the product.
I tryed to email them but did not go through.
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Follow Up By: Stevo - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 19:48

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 19:48
Truckster, you can't resist a challenge can you!
If you negotiate a deal as good as the 240's they will cost us $5 !!
On a more serious note I purchased a coolant alarm several years ago for my GQ (can't remember what company) cheep n nasty. The probe slipped in under the top radiator hose and the circuitry and alarm was housed in a plastic Kodak 35mm film container!! From memory it cost me over $80. So beware !!
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Follow Up By: Stevo - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 19:48

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 19:48
Truckster, you can't resist a challenge can you!
If you negotiate a deal as good as the 240's they will cost us $5 !!
On a more serious note I purchased a coolant alarm several years ago for my GQ (can't remember what company) cheep n nasty. The probe slipped in under the top radiator hose and the circuitry and alarm was housed in a plastic Kodak 35mm film container!! From memory it cost me over $80. So beware !!
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 23:14

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2003 at 23:14
I got the guys to do Difflocks and Dtronics on the patrol list at the moment!
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Follow Up By: Kev. - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 14:57

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2003 at 14:57
What deal did you get on the 240's ?
Can you get the 170's cheap ?
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