How to Drain the Lincoln LS Cooling System

Draining the Lincoln LS cooling system is another very common procedure for owners of the LS. You must drain the cooing system if you are removing...
By Quik LS, Jul 12, 2017 | |
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    Take special care when refilling, as any air left in the system may cause a hot spot and damage the engine. You must bleed the system properly before driving normally.

    Lincoln LS Cooling System Draining, Filling and Bleeding

    Draining

    WARNING: Never remove the pressure relief cap while the engine is operating or when the cooling system is hot. Failure to follow these instructions can result in damage to the cooling system or engine or personal injury. To avoid having scalding hot coolant or steam blow out of the degas bottle when removing the pressure relief cap, wait until the engine has cooled, then wrap a thick cloth around the pressure relief cap and turn it slowly. Step back while the pressure is released from the Lincoln LS cooling system. When you are sure all the pressure has been released, (still with a cloth) turn and remove the pressure relief cap.

    CAUTION: The coolant must be recovered in a suitable, clean container for reuse. If the coolant is contaminated it must be recycled or disposed of correctly.

    CAUTION: Care must be taken to ensure the accessory drive belt does not become contaminated with engine coolant.

    1. Release the pressure in the cooling system by slowly turning the pressure relief cap one half turn counterclockwise. When the pressure is released, remove the pressure relief cap.
    2. NOTE: Approximately four liters will drain from the Lincoln LS radiator.
    Place a suitable container below the Lincoln LS radiator draincock. If equipped, disconnect the coolant return hose at the oil cooler.

    · Close the Lincoln LS radiator draincock when finished.

    Filling-Bleeding
    On 3.9L engines

    1. Remove the engine fill cap.

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    On 3.0L engines
    2. Open the engine air bleed.

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    On all engines
    3. Open the Lincoln LS heater air bleed.

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    4. Add coolant to the degas bottle allowing the system to equalize until no more coolant can be added.



    On 3.0L engines
    5. Close the engine air bleed when coolant begins to escape.

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    On all engines
    6. Replace the degas bottle cap.



    On 3.9L engines
    CAUTION: Care must be taken to ensure the Lincoln LS accessory
    drive belt does not become contaminated with engine coolant.

    7. Add as much coolant as possible to the engine fill. The heater air bleed will remain open.

    8. Replace the engine fill cap.

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    On all engines
    9. NOTE: The heater air bleed remains open.

    Start the engine and turn the heater to MAX position.

    10. Close the heater air bleed when a steady stream of coolant comes from it, during engine idle.

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    11. Allow the engine to idle for five minutes, add coolant to the degas bottle as needed to maintain the cold fill MAX mark.

    12. Reopen the heater air bleed to release any entrapped air and close again.



    On 3.9L engines
    13. Maintain engine speed of 2,000 rpm for 3-5 minutes or until hot air comes from the heater.

    14. Return to idle and verify hot air is still coming from the heater.



    On 3.0L engines
    15. Maintain engine speed of 1,500 rpm for 3-5 minutes or until hot air comes from the heater.

    16. Return to idle and verify hot air is still coming from the heater.



    On all engines
    17. Set the heater temperature setting to 24° C (75° F) and allow the vehicle to idle for two minutes.

    18. Shut the engine off and allow to cool.

    19. After the engine has cooled, add coolant to the degas bottle to bring the level to the cold fill MAX mark.

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