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Old 02-04-2011, 12:22 PM
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do you shut off your coolant to tank?

Been hearing a little about putting a valve inline with coolant to shut off the flow to tank.

Do you do so and why?
What valve do you recommend?

I was thinkin since I'm in AZ and it's 115 in summer prolly oil is already hot enought to flow well

I have a coolant fed filter in line with the oil.

Just trying to preserve the pump from running too hot all the time.

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Been hearing a little about putting a valve inline with coolant to shut off the flow to tank.

Do you do so and why?
What valve do you recommend?

I was thinkin since I'm in AZ and it's 115 in summer prolly oil is already hot enought to flow well

I have a coolant fed filter in line with the oil.

Just trying to preserve the pump from running too hot all the time.

Thanks
You definately should do this. Use 2 regulare ball valves from Lowes.
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You definately should do this. Use 2 regulare ball valves from Lowes.
is that where you got yours? All I have near me is home depot and they were clueless. I have 5/8" id coolant lines and I need 2 ball valves to shut coolant off so a part# or size would help as Im going to OC on sunday and can stop at a lowes.
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is that where you got yours? All I have near me is home depot and they were clueless. I have 5/8" id coolant lines and I need 2 ball valves to shut coolant off so a part# or size would help as Im going to OC on sunday and can stop at a lowes.
Home Depot will have them as well. Brass Ball valves in 3/4" then get some 5/8" barbed/threaded fittings to screw into the valve.
I don't have this setup on mine. I cheaped out and did something more redneck but cheap. I disconnected the coolant lines at the tank and fabed up a piece of 5/8" copper pipe in the shape of a U and simply put the collant lines on that and clamped them back down. This completes the loop and bypasses the tank. Its almost as simply as turning the ball valves but I don't have to crawl under the truck.
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is that where you got yours? All I have near me is home depot and they were clueless. I have 5/8" id coolant lines and I need 2 ball valves to shut coolant off so a part# or size would help as Im going to OC on sunday and can stop at a lowes.
i have almost given up on them. everytime i go there, usualyl automotive related lol, but all they can seem to do is tell me what i CANT do.

me: "do you have a 3/8" brass tee?"
HD: "what do you need it for"
me: "a project, do you have any?"
HD: "let see... here are some, what is your project"
me: "wvo, D2, blah blah blah"
HD: "you cant do that, this tee was designed for homes and remodels and such, it wont work with vehicles and fuel"
me: "ill keep that in mind, thanks"

guess it only flows water? lol, sorry for the rant. yes you can redirect your coolant flow, at 115* im not sure i would bother much...
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I used gas ball valves on mine. and the barbed tee i used is actually a brass crimp fitting for plastic pipe.
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First I have heard of this? What is all this about?
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First I have heard of this? What is all this about?
Are you using diesel fuel or WVO?
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Diesel, I see where this is going now. This thread was included in a search I did, didn't realize what section I was in. Thanks.
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My Lowe's has a big plumbing section, so I lucked out. But you could get brass ball valves and hose barbs here for cheaper: BRASS FITTINGS Brass Pipe Fittings Hose Barbs Stainless Steel Fittings Hydraulic Adapters Hydraulic Fittings Grease Zerks Hose Clamps

I hadn't planned on shutting off tank heat in the summer, but that's an interesting idea - maybe it would help slow down poly formation. I just put them in my coolant lines when my V3 went down for repair 'cause I wanted to shut off heat to the tank and the V3. The valves have come in handy when I ran out of VO on a couple of trips, too.
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