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Radiator unloaded while parked on angle

CNsylvester

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I parked my 2000 VS ute on a 30 degree angle (tail gate facing up, motor facing down), (car was also on a slight lean to the left) switched off the engine and begin filling the ute with rubbish etc.

Then we heard a gurgling sound under the bonnet. Opened the bonnet and radiator water was escaping going out the overflow pipe.

This car never gives me any grief and temp is always steady.

I filled the radiator back up, drive an hour home at 100kmph and temp was steady and no issues.

Is this a design fault or is shouldn't I park on a steep angle again?
 

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Yep, radiator cap is shot would be my guess.. when the cars is at operating temp, is there pressure in the upper radiator hose? Can you take the cap off with a hot engine and it won't spit everywhere?
 

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Can you take the cap off with a hot engine and it won't spit everywhere?
Not recommended for the novice to go and just pop the radiator cap to see if water "spits" everywhere as there's a good risk of nasty burns!

You may in future need to supply more details and not expect everyone to know what you're on about ;)
 
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