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Is this normal, I drove my car about 20 miles and stopped to check the coolent level (leaky heater core outlet) and i opened the rad cap. I was expecting it to spew out or something but it didnt. So i stuck my finger in the radiator and the coolent was warm but not hot. it was a lil cooler than bath water. Is this normal? I just have never seen a engine stay this cold the valve cover wasent even that hot. The temp gauge show about a lil under half. But yea is this normal?
 

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it should have been spewing out... i don't know - and i hope someone helps with this topic... but i only wanted to say that...... "it's coolAnt and not coolEnt."
 

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it's cold outside during this season, so sometimes your car doesn't warm up as fast or it doesn't warm up very much.

i always thought that coolant spews out, but i've seen people open the radiator cap after driving before and nothing happens...i wouldn't do it though, but people have.

i think if your car isn't hot, it wont spew...not sure, but i wouldn't try it either way unless the car has been parked.
 

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and if you opened up the rad cap slowly and let the pressure leak out around the edges it will not spew out and you can open it successfully without getting burnt. did you open it slowly to not get burnt and so it wouldnt spew or did you just open it fast?
 
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