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Old November 4th, 2004, 10:16 AM
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Draining Radiator

Didn't find anything in the FAQ's or a search.

Going to drain the radiator to replace my heater pipes. The manual states to remove the viscous assembly. Only problem is that it requires the LR special tools. Is this step necessary to drain the radiator properly? Seems like a step designed to provide access and to inspect the viscous coupling by the dealer. I assume that I can just drop the lower hose per the manual?

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Old November 4th, 2004, 10:23 AM
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well there is an easier way to drain the radiator, I stick a small hose down into the top fill plug on the radiator and siphon out the fluid. Get about 4 feet of 3/8 I think OD clear flexible tubing (Home depot has it in the plumbing section), stick it as far into the radiator as you can, then suck the air out holding the hose lower then the radiator. I drain it into empty bottles. This is a very clean and safe way to get the antifreeze out, as you may know it is very sweet tasting so animals like to drink it, but it will kill them in no time if they do drink it. So if you spill any be sure to dilute it with a lot of water.
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Old November 4th, 2004, 10:42 AM
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Very cool. Thanks.

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Old November 6th, 2004, 02:34 PM
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Exactly what I was going to suggest...
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Old November 6th, 2004, 05:49 PM
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I use a kerosene squeeze pump! 2 dollars at ace! No sweet taste in the mouth!!!!!!!! has a long inlet to go into rad & fits most of the way down. cleen & easy!
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