Coolant recovery reservoir doesn't go up or down, normal?
Another question on my quest to get this darn ranger running right...
I did a flush in the engine cooling system yesterday with one of those flush kits (basically just needed the T that hooks to the water hose), then did a chemical flush with some stuff from autozone. New radiator cap, thermostat and gasket. I took the hose off the recovery reservoir and flushed it out with a water hose and then sucked out the water and debris with my shopvac cuz it was draining so slowly out of the drain hole that the debris would settle back down before flowing out. I did shoot water up that hose into the bottle with the water hose which seemed to make the draining flow about normal through a hose that size.
I filled the radiator with coolant, then with water and then cranked up the engine and kept filling with water till it didn't seem to want any more. I filled the coolant reservoir tank with a 50/50 mix.
After running the truck and now having driven it a couple times to town, I notice that the coolant level in the bottle doesn't go up or down, doesn't get warm or anything. Is this normal? How much should I expect the level to go up or down in that bottle? Maybe the hose is clogged from the rad cap?
Also, I notice that when I drive the truck to town, turn off the truck, come back out in about 5 mins, turn the ignition back on, the temp gauge goes way up over half way, about 3/4 way up, then when I crank the truck, it settles back down to right on half way after about 30 seconds. Is this normal? I never noticed it doing this before the flush and clean.
Sorry my posts are so long... wanna get all the info in! :)