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I'm searching for a %100 method so I figured I may as well make a thread and see if some opinions and information comes around from others on OCN biggrin.gif

I'll be setting up a MCP655 under a EK 150 res and I'm curious if there is any tricks to guarantee a %100 safe method to getting the pump running.

Will i just fill my res and let gravity drop some water through the tubing to the pump? Will I need to hold the pump a certain way before I mount it? What can I do to ensure I don't burn my pump and that It has water in it before i turn it on to start filling the loop?

I used a dual bay/res on my original loop so it was easy, just fill and turn on to push some water through, with this new system I know water won't be in the pump maybe barely reaching, is there a trick I need to know?

Thanks guys, hopefully I find more info while this is up as well:thumb:
  
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Typically if the res is mounted on top of the pump then water will fill the pump housing by gravity. When priming jump the 24pin connector from the psu. Use the psu power switch and turn it on for about five seconds then back off. Do this till the whole loop starts circulate and top off when needed. Once the loop return has water flow then you can let the pump run, I leave my cap off the fill port to let the system breathe
    
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There are tonnes of threads and posts about this on the forum. Just have a quick search and I'm sure you'll get all the answers that you're looking for.
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There are tonnes of threads and posts about this on the forum. Just have a quick search and I'm sure you'll get all the answers that you're looking for.

Would you mind posting what you searched? "priming pump" doesn't yield as many results as I thought it would. I also feel it doesn't hurt to share a few lines of your experience. biggrin.gif

im worried about gravity not fully getting the water IN the pump , should i just turn it sideways before mounting it or something to get the water past the barb?
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Theres a video on what not to do on YouTube lol
    
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Theres a video on what not to do on YouTube lol
Yeah I've watched a couple, searched a couple different forums, read a few threads on OCN

I try just to gather as much of peoples opinions + information and apply it to the research. I've learned going by someones word or just one thread usually can end up in disaster biggrin.gif
  
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When you start to fill the res, you will see the water filling the outlet side of the pump then your pump is filled.
    
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Using the 5 second on off method till the loop is filled is pretty safe, learned it from ocn members thumb.gif
    
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Leave the fill port open to allow the system to burp when priming too
    
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Using the 5 second on off method till the loop is filled is pretty safe, learned it from ocn members thumb.gif

Yup, it works great.

I just tore out one of my RX360 radiators out of my "The Betty" rig to move it over to another build, and I had to reprime the loop. I just filled things up as much as I could, turned the pump on for a couple seconds, when the water in the reservoir got low, turned the power off, filled the reservoir back up, and repeated 3 or 4 times. After about 10-15 minutes all the water had filled the loop (and after "thumping" tubes and tilting the system) and all the "micro-bubbles" had gone and the loop started to run totally quiet. Then I filled the reservoir totally up and put the cap back on.

Done.
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