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Old 04-12-2010, 03:46 AM
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Default How to flush the coolant system

Find the radiator cap located near the front of your vehicle's engine and loosen the radiator plug (it resembles a wing nut) found on the radiator's backside. This allows the coolant to drain. Place a pan underneath to catch the liquid.

Remove the radiator cap and thermostat. Turn your engine on and place a garden hose into your coolant line. Create a slow, continuous flow of water into your engine while coolant runs out from underneath.

Check that your temperature gauge doesn't go too high. Running the heat on high opens the heater core and gets the coolant flowing.

Shut off your engine and the hose when the coolant is just about clear. Allow the remaining coolant (or water) to run off the bottom of the radiator plug before blowing compressed air through the line to clear any water from the line.

Tighten the radiator plug and repeat Steps 1 through 6 to flush the overflow reservoir.

Consult your vehicle owner's manual for the proper amount of coolant for your engine's cooling system. Add the coolant through the radiator cap and fill your overflow reservoir.

Start your engine and check that the temperature gauge doesn't register too high. Dispose of the coolant properly.
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:13 AM
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There must be any bolt fixed under the coolant system, try to detach it from the system the coolant will get empty, and after that tight the bolt again. Use some Google searches for your problem too.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:29 AM
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Doesn't hurt to hit it once with dishwasher soap (not dish washing soap, you understand, but non-sudsy soap that goes in the dishwasher) first to take out any oils and let the acid flush work. Flush well between soap and acid. It's a long, messy procedure, but it does the trick. The real key is getting it hot enough during the flush, and rinsing completely, with engine running, between flushes. Getting a good rinse is almost impossible without hooking it up to a hose (hot water is definitely better), so the Flush 'n' Fill kit really helps.
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