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Old 07-08-2013, 09:07 AM
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How do I do a complete coolant drain? My owners manuel sez "open radiator petcock and also remove drain plugs in the block". Drain plugs? Do they mean the Frost plugs? No way am I about to punch out the frost plugs.
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On the bottom of the radiator there is a small valve pointing down with a white cap. I think yours gets turned clockwise as if to tighten it.

I'm not aware of any drains on the block, but maybe someone else does.
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It appeared to be too much work to use the radiator drain valve, as the splash pan has to be removed. I drained it by removing the lower radiator hose which was easy to access. I only was able to drain ten quarts. The other 3/4 's must be in the block. That's a nutty set-up and I bet the engineer who thought that one up is still giggling when he thinks back on that deal.

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I usually unhook the lower hose as you did. I love antifreeze in my arm-pit
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When I did my plenum I never drained the block. I just put a hose onto the radiator valve so it didn't go everywhere and opened it up. It takes a long time to drain out though. I never bothered to look for a block drain plug, but I did take a free shop vac and suck some coolant out. The freeze plugs are different.
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