2018 Chevy 3500 HD Duramax with frequent "Low Coolant" light - Coolant level is full

Wayne

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Does anyone have this issue with their 2017-2019 Duramax? When starting cold, the low coolant light comes on almost every time. The reservoir is on the full line and I've never added a drop on 26,000 miles.
 

dnewton3

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I'm not sure with the newer Dmax engines, Wayne, but the older ones used to have TWO thermostats and they were prone to air pockets if not properly bled for air upon filling. When coolant was filled initially, or after a drain/fill exchange, if you didn't burp the air out at the t-stats, it would give you false "low coolant" warnings. It happened to me once after my first serviced coolant drain/fill, and all I had to do was loosen the little air-bleed bolt on top of the t-stat housing, let the coolant get warm and burp out, and all was fine.

I know that you have a much newer truck than my old 2006 Dmax, and I'm not nearly as familiar with the new engines as the older model Dmax engines. But it might be worth a try looking around to see if there's a bleed port somewhere high up in the coolant loop or t-stat housing. There are several videos on this very topic on YT; probably can find out more there. Not unheard of at a cold start; apparently you're not alone.

I looked at my old diesel Dmax website I used to frequent; there are a lot of complaints about false low coolant warning for the L5P. The sensor is in the recovery tank and apparently has been known to be bad from the get-go.

I'd first try filling it a bit above the line. If that does not stop the error light, then it's a trip to the dealer.
 
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Wayne

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The truck needs to go in for an emissions recall, so I'm going to ask them to check the cooling system and I'll report back what they find. My guess is the sensor in the coolant tank is bad, but we'll see. I will also check today for air bleed ports at the thermostats, if it has them I'll attempt to bleed air.

thanks
 

ls1mike

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It probably uses the same stupid coolant sensor every GM does. Any dirt on it or any time it "feels" odd it will give you the light.
I don't know about he diesel, but all of mine are in the Radiator.
 

Wayne

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The truck is going in for the block heater cord and the ECM recalls soon, so I'll have them check it out.
 
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