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I am very close to completing my build but I am getting to the stage where I need to fill my loop.

I haven't really found a very good YouTube or picture tutorial online and I could really use some help here.

I've heard a lot of people talk about tilting the case, etc... but I'm just confused.

Do you take the top of the reservoir off when you fill your loop and put it back on when you're completely finished leak testing?

I have a ton more questions it's pathetic.

Does anyone have or know of a step-by-step tutorial that addresses everything I'll ever need to know?

Thanks!
post #2 of 16
get a small funel, make sure its clean, open the fill port, fill it up, let water drain into the rest of the loop such as the blocks and rad, then add more water under it is full, then run the pump and continue to add water as needed. Put the fill cap back on when you aren't filling it up.
post #3 of 16
You only need to tilt if you think there is still air in the loop. That's an extra step.

Normally you would just open the reservoir's top fill port's cap off and use a funnel to fill the reservoir. Once there is room to put more water in you just pour it in again. You will have to leave it open for like 10 minutes so that air can bleed out through that fill port. Once all the noise is gone you can just close the port.
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How will I know there's no more air? I have black tubing
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You only need to tilt if you think there is still air in the loop. That's an extra step.

Normally you would just open the reservoir's top fill port's cap off and use a funnel to fill the reservoir. Once there is room to put more water in you just pour it in again. You will have to leave it open for like 10 minutes so that air can bleed out through that fill port. Once all the noise is gone you can just close the port.
I would like to stop you there, you don't need the fill port off to let air out. The air the comes out of the system is replaced by the same volume of water, so if you leave the cap on or off it doesn't matter. Stop telling people this. It is not true.

The water that leaves the res is replaced by air, so you have absolutely no air going in or out of the fill port.
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Oh you will hear the bubbles moving around you don't have to be a psychic trust me
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I put water in my res and turn it on
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A funnel in the fill-pint of the reservoir works very well if you do not have an exterior fillport installed.

The bleeding time required will be dependent upon how the loop is initially filled.

If you are able to fill the reservoir, cycle the pump on and off without letting the reservoir or the line leading to the pump run dry (momentarily) then you will have less air-pockets to purge from the loop. This may mean more cycling of the pump and more top-offs as you fill the loop but it may be worth the extra time in the long run.

Once the loop is full and the bleeding process starts, you can replace the cap to bleed the system (some people leave the cap off). Squeezing the various lengths of tubing (rather suddenly and violently) will disrupt the liquid flow and then produce a subsequent surge that will help to dislodge air pockets and small air bubbles that adhere to the tubing walls. If you do squeeze the tubes in this manner mind that the cap is on so that no liquid splashes out of the fill-point of the reservoir.

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How will I know there's no more air? I have black tubing
You will know that there are no air bubbles in the loop when the loop runs "silent". Air bubbles make a sound when they hit the impeller of the pump (cavitation).
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Pls look in the wc sticky section. I have posted a water cooling for noobs guide, first link
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post #10 of 16
Thrash you are actually wrong the air is coming out of that port whenever you put more water. Of course you don't have to leave it off. If you want you can keep closing it and once the res gets empty open it back and put more water. To me it's just adding more complexity...
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