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Timing belt replaced

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I replace the timing belt on my daughters 2007 touring edition 102,000, at a reputalbe shop in Hartford CT. Soon after my daughter came for a visit and I figured I would check under the hood. Alls well except that the anti-freeze level was not showing in the little white tak on the firewall. I had to add about half a gallon of anti-freeze.

I figured that the mechanic just did not fill it right or maybe the engine had to be burped and he did not do it. She has scince had to add a little more anti-freeze but does not see any on the ground and the car is not running hot.

I am not familiar with the correct procedure to replace the anti-freeze. Did the mechanic do something wrong or do I have a cooling leak problem?

Any advice would be helpful.
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I found the PT Cruiser 2.4 to be very easy to fill. I simply filled at the radiator, started her up, topped it off just a hair, then filled the tank to the hot level, never had an issue whatsoever, almost the easiest one I ever did. Check the tightness of the hose clamps all around, shouldn't have been touched to change the pump itself, but you never know. Stock ones are the squeeze clamps, just make sure they are intact and look to see if any of them were moved. Also, turn the heater on full blast, sometimes when they drain the heater core becomes an air bubble and very slowly it empties of air, usually it only takes a couple minutes of full flow to purge it.
 

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One reason I always drill a 1/8th inch hole in every thermostat I install. Enough of a hole to allow auto bleeding (you can hear air come out of it when filling it the first time), but always allows a little bit of pressure under the thermostat to pass without compromising the warming of the engine.
 
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