Don McCombs wrote:Here's a suggestion for you to think about. When you bring the engine up to temp, the thermosiphon action will probably put some of the crud and debris into suspension. By allowing the engine to cool overnight, that debris will settle back out to the low points in the system. I'm thinking that you would be better served by draining it shortly after engine shutdown, thereby draining all the suspended crud out. I wouldn't think there would be enough residual heat in the block to cause any problems. Thoughts?
My thoughts are...
I'd like it to cool down and give the hot metal a heat sink while it cools. Maybe letting it sit and soak gives the Blue Devil a chance to dissolve some more crud. Not sure, have no telescopic mini camera to prove either way. I understand what you say about the heavier material, like rust, settling while it cools.
I think draining it, purely by gravity since it's thermosiphon with no obstruction like a closed thermostat gives it kind of a half-assed back flush each and every time I fill and drain it, since some drains out the radiator and some in reverse of normal circulation by flowing back through the outlet elbow, down through the head, water jackets then out the inlet elbow into the bolster and finally into my pail.
Plus I want the engine cold while I fill and drain repeatedly to rinse and flush it out again.
The instructions say to let it cool before draining. I am giving it every opportunity for sucess. Not that if it doesn't i'm out grocery money for the week with the $7.99 invested in the Blue Devil mind you...hey I tried.