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Default Car running cold? Container for engine coolant(antifreeze)?

I need to flush my coolant system in my car and i need a container large enough to empty it out and keep what i flush out.

Anyone got a suggestion?

Car is a 99 mazda 626 2.0l

My car keeps running cold and i know i got some build up in there as it has released a lil bit from a hose.

I just change the thermostat in hopes that it was just sticking open. But my wife just drove it to work and she said it was running cold again.....

Anyone have any suggestions for a container large enough for the flush or possibly why it is running cold even with a brand new thermostat?

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why do u need to keep old antifreeze??/ u dont antifreeze is only good for 5 yrs at MOST..and it cheap a gallon is 6 bux or so..
also if it was the thermostat sticking shut...car would get HOT.. thermostat stuck open..no big deal.. just take longer for car to warm up..and u would have no heat..

i bet money its a temp sensor issue
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why do u need to keep old antifreeze??/ u dont antifreeze is only good for 5 yrs at MOST..and it cheap a gallon is 6 bux or so..
also if it was the thermostat sticking shut...car would get HOT.. thermostat stuck open..no big deal.. just take longer for car to warm up..and u would have no heat..

i bet money its a temp sensor issue
So i can dispose of it properly. I dont want that shit in my yard or driveway ya know.

Ill look into a temp sensor. My car shows cold then hot then cold. Mostly shows cold when using the a/c. Idk though

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yeah dispose properly. your system is probably under 2 gallons so i would just use milk jugs. the trick is getting in the milk jug. if your car is running cold i would say either stuck thermostat (which you replaced), cooling fan on constantly(bad relay?), or your temp sensor is bad. best way to check that is to use a thermometer. that would verify that indeed your car is running cold
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yeah dispose properly. your system is probably under 2 gallons so i would just use milk jugs. the trick is getting in the milk jug. if your car is running cold i would say either stuck thermostat (which you replaced), cooling fan on constantly(bad relay?), or your temp sensor is bad. best way to check that is to use a thermometer. that would verify that indeed your car is running cold
How would i do that?

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make sure your car is cold, take the radiator cap off stick a thermometer into the coolant and let your car heat up. you will probably spill a little coolant though so you should be prepared for that. watch the thermometer. check the thermometer and check your cluster gauge. if your gauge is cold but the thermometer is around 160-190 then i would say you have an electrical issue with the temp sensor or wiring to the temp sensor. also if your cooling fan comes on right away when you start the car that would send me in a different direction. it is also possible that you may have installed the thermostat incorrectly or you could have a defective thermostat.
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Ok ill check that later. And i replaced the thermostat exactly as the old one was.

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there's about 4~5 gals of anti freeze in there so yeah four or five gallon jugs of some sort and running cold could be sensor more than the thermostat. get a cooking thermometer that will read the 160 to 190 a car should run at an all you need to do is attach it some how to right where the top hose is so you don't spill fluid every where.
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So i have 2 fans right next to each other. 1 aimed at the radiator and 1 at the engine. At what point do these kick in and which would control what the gauge in the car would say?

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Ok went to work at 630 left at 630 and drove down the interstate from athens to cleveland(45 min drive) in which most of the ride it said cold. So i pulled in the driveway and popped the hood real quick. And neither fan was running. Then after letting it sit for a couple minutes the fan on the right kicked on as it normally should. Im going to look into getting a thermo sensor. Just gotta locate it. LOL.

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