Series 55 – Section 4.4 Coolant Pressure Control Cap

Section 4.4
Coolant Pressure Control Cap

The radiator has a pressure control cap with a normally closed valve. The cap permits a pressure in the cooling system equal to the rating stamped on the top of the cap. A cap with a 9 stamped on top permits a cooling a system pressure of 62 kPa (9 lb/in.2 ) before the valve opens. See Figure "Pressure Control Cap (Pressure Valve Open)" . The maximum allowable coolant temperature, regardless of the pressure cap used, is 99 ° C (210 ° F).‪

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Figure 1. Pressure Control Cap (Pressure Valve Open)

To prevent the collapse of hoses and other parts without internal support, a vacuum valve in the cap opens when the system cools. See Figure "Pressure Control Cap (Vacuum Valve Open)" . It also permits coolant to flow from the coolant recovery bottle to the radiator tank.‪

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Figure 2. Pressure Control Cap (Vacuum Valve Open)

Section 4.4.1
Pressure Control Cap Repair or Replacement

Refer to OEM guidelines for pressure control cap service procedure.‪

Section 4.4.2
Cleaning and Removal of Pressure Control Cap

Remove the pressure control cap as follows:‪


To avoid injury from the expulsion of hot coolant, never remove the cooling system pressure cap while the engine is at operating temperature. Remove the cap slowly to relieve pressure. Wear adequate protective clothing (face shield or safety goggles, rubber gloves, apron, and boots).‪

  1. Wipe the outside of the pressure control cap before removal.
  2. Push down on pressure control cap while turning counterclockwise.
Inspection of Pressure Control Cap

Clean and inspect the cap periodically. Check operation of both valves using test kit J 24460-01, or equivalent. Replace them, if necessary.‪

Detroit Diesel recommends that all on-highway vehicle engines use a minimum 62 kPa (9 lb/in.2 ) pressure control cap. If the pressure valve does not open between 55 kPa (8 lb/in.2 ) and 69 kPa (10 lb/in.2 ) or the vacuum valve does not open at 43 kPa (6.25 lb/in.2 ) (negative pressure), replace the pressure control cap.‪

Section 4.4.3
Installation of Pressure Control Cap

Refer to OEM instructions for installation procedures.‪

Series 55 Service Manual - 6SE55
Generated on 10-13-2008

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