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Submitted: Saturday, Jun 07, 2003 at 20:24
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any views on low water level warning system.includes light and buzzer ,and i think a probe that fits into top tank of radiator ,is it ok for aluminium radiators thanks
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Reply By: mik*2 - Saturday, Jun 07, 2003 at 22:42

Saturday, Jun 07, 2003 at 22:42
I reckon it's easier to take the radiator cap off every now and then to check rather than rely on electronics to tell you. Cheaper as well...

cheers
mike
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Follow Up By: Simon - Saturday, Jun 07, 2003 at 23:31

Saturday, Jun 07, 2003 at 23:31
Mik you cant take the radiator cap off every few miles. A blown hose or similar will result in a melted motor before you know it.

I think they are one of the best investments you can make for your car.

Some late model stuff may already be fitted with low water level sensors.
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Follow Up By: Old Jack - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 07:54

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003 at 07:54
there are a number of units availaible, when you use staionary engines that are un attended(water pumps, gen-sets etc.) you always fit this sort of gear to alarm then shut down the motor if levels drops:-fuel, water, oil, oil pressure, exhaust temp safety as well cyclinder head temperature. Jeep turbo diesels and a lot of european cars & trucks have systems fitted as "Standard", makes you think about what your car maker left off to protect your investment.
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Reply By: Member - ADRIAN- Saturday, Jun 07, 2003 at 22:57

Saturday, Jun 07, 2003 at 22:57
WE HAVE FITTED THESE /NO TROUBLE PROBE CAN BE FITTED TO PIPE'S/THERMO HSG ETC SO LONG AS ABOVE CRITICAL WATER LEVEL
IF FITTED TO RADIATOR OR PIPES THEY MAY NEED TO BE EARTHED WELL WORTH FITTING I'V SEEN MANY VEHICLES SAVED BY THESE DEVICES DMECH
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Follow Up By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 15:30

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 15:30
Adrian stop shouting. Upper case is defined as shouting use lower case,
Thanks.Regards Bob
3 Weeks till Gulf trip
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Follow Up By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 19:01

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 19:01
It also makes it hard to read !
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Reply By: mik*2 - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 00:26

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 00:26
I understand that but if youve gotta check it every few miles then there is a serious problem that should be noticed without any gadgets. A correct temp guage will do it. I just reckon it confusing an otherwise simple issue. but of course it's horses for courses and if you feel better with that sort of gadgetry, then why not.

cheers
mike
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Follow Up By: Simon - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 13:58

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 13:58
Sorry Mik, a correct temp guage WONT tell you youve lost all your water.
The first you will know about it is when your motor stops.
A temp guage doesnt tell the temperature of air.
An oil temp guage may help but I beleive a low water sensor is a better investment.
Especialy in a 4wd where a stick can poke through a radiator or rip a hose without you knowing.
A radiator (especialy an alloy one) can crack easily from hitting a pothole or similar too hard.
And I have even seen a welsch plug blown clean out of a block for no apparrent reason.

I think you will find that most motor failures are through being 'cooked', and when you 'cook' a motor you usualy have to throw it away.
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Follow Up By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 19:11

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 19:11
I agree with Simon,
You can't rely on the dash temp sensor in some cars as they don't read if not imersed in water.
One guy said when he cooked his Landcruiser from a burst hose the temp gauge didn't move at all from its normal position.

I have fitted a low level sensor to avoid such problems and test it now and then by removing the wire on the sensor (open circuit).

Cheap insurance !
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 10:00

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 10:00
A lot of holden V8's have been cooked before the temp gauge had time to register high temp after a loss of water from radiator. This is especially true when motor started from cold!! Richard
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Reply By: Hughesy - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 07:20

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 07:20
Have one in my HZJ75 Cruiser (Aluminium tank) and has saved me a few times from leaking hoses etc. Every now and then (6 months) you will need to pull sensor out and clean buildup off and keep wire conector on top of sensor clean. Otherwise this will stop the circuit and cause the alarm to sound. Good fail safe system, thats simple and gives excellent piece of mind. Good luck.

Cheers,
Hughesy
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Reply By: Kev - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 18:38

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 18:38
I fitted an AQUA ALERT
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Follow Up By: Kev - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 18:41

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 18:41
Sorry Blew that one.
I fitted an AQUA ALERT. Cost $99 and it comes with light and alarm.
I found it great and would assist should water be dumped from the radiator if staked by something and guages don't pick it up in time.
Kev
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Follow Up By: Janset - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 19:44

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 19:44
Kev, where did you buy it from and how did you go about fitting it and where exactly was it fitted?

Regards
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Reply By: jaycee - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 19:33

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 19:33
I had exactly the same problem with my 74 series Cruiser. Lower hose behind the water pump split. I lost all the water and cooked the motor, the oil temp light didnt come on and the water temp didnt change. Im looking for exactly what you are describing but am not having a lot of luck in NZ. Any help would be handy guys.
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Reply By: Member - Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 22:05

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 22:05
i have fitted an old thermo fan sensor hooked up to a light on the dash woorx a treat and u can stick in well down the top hose. Great Idea

ADRIAN _ TRY HITTING THE CAPS LOCK BEFOE YOU TYPE

All the bestSo many places to go!
So much work to do :0(
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 23:42

Sunday, Jun 08, 2003 at 23:42
Datatron Low Level Coolant Monitor (PDF)

http://www.fdrive.com.au/Datatron%20Coolant%20Level%20Flyer.pdf

its in the latest 4x4 aussie
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Reply By: chopper - Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:36

Monday, Jun 09, 2003 at 21:36
I've got one after catastrophic split in radiator caused death of last 2H.

Cheap insurance.

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