Need bleeder location for my car

Tiny
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  • 2000 OLDSMOBILE INTRIGUE
  • 195,000 MILES
Can you please help me find the bleeder screw in a 2000 oldsmobile intrigue? I dont know much about cars. Just where we just put the new thermostat, where to put the coolant, and where the radiator is. And of course the fluids and plugs. :) I just need to find the bleeder screw on this car. 2000 oldsmobile intrigue. I can not find it and can not find a diagram or anything how to find it. When someone says its by the. Unless they say radiator, where the coolant goes, or by the thermostat, I have no idea where I am looking. We just installed a new thermostat today and it is still overheating and there is not hjot air coming out of the vents. I was told to bleed the air out of it by the bleed screw? I found something on the radiator, like a plastic horse shoe looking cap that when I turned it, fluid came out, but I filled the fluids and plugged it back up and it is still doing it. Was it the wrong cap or did I do something wrong? Maybe a phone call would be of better assistance. If you could 320-260-6933. Otherwise, I will be looking for your answer :) thanks! Barb
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Monday, December 19th, 2011 AT 3:13 AM

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Tiny
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Your thermostat housing doesn't appear to have a bleeder screw. Typically, what I do in this situation is run the engine with the air conditioning going at full blast and the radiator cap off. I also like to perform this procedure with the car at an angle in the driveway, front end high. This way any air bubbles will migrate to the radiator.

Can you upload an image of the horseshoe shaped cap you mentioned?

Lastly, once the engine is at operating temperature, look into the radiator opening. You should see the coolant flowing. If not, you either have the thermostat upside down, or the water pump is not pumping properly.
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Monday, December 19th, 2011 AT 3:22 AM
Tiny
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I am having troubles sending a pic from my phone to my email to download. I really need to call it a night for tonight. I will be back on tomorrow around 4-5 to try and figure this out. Thank you!
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Monday, December 19th, 2011 AT 3:39 AM
Tiny
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Ok. I'll be here. I'm always here. :)
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Monday, December 19th, 2011 AT 4:31 AM
Tiny
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Ok, well, we took it to a mechanic and they filled the fluid, tested the pressure and it held at 15, gave us a different cap, and there is still no heat and overheating. I am not sure what "flow" means when looking at the fluid. This car looks as though it does not have an overflow thing, it looks like an overflow but its not, that is actually where to put the fluid. Also, it is a plastic cap. We had the heat blowing hot once, and then it went cold again and overheated. And the mechanic said it is a self bleeding thing. So there is no screw? I am spent. Dont know if I am doing something wrong or if it is something major that the car is not worth.
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 AT 4:26 AM
Tiny
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Self bleeding means that the fluid reservoir is the highest point in the system, so any air bubbles will be moved there and escape.

The only problem with the type of system your car has is it's really hard to be sure the pump is working properly. Are the heater hoses at the bulkhead hot? When you turn the heater on and the temp all the way up, can you feel the airbox under the dash getting warm?
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 AT 4:41 AM
Tiny
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Not exactly sure what bulkhead is? And u mean the floor heat> where is the airbox? There is no heat anywhere?
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 AT 5:44 AM
Tiny
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Bulkhead is what used to be called firewall. Since it doesn't actually block fire from traveling, it can't be called a firewall.

The airbox is under and behind the dash. It's where the blower motor and heater core are.
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 AT 5:50 AM

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