View Full Version : Can I get a 'How-To' please??
08-05-2004, 10:33 AM
i found my troubles .... i have a crack in my lower rad-hose.
if i take it in to a mechanic he's gonna charge $130.00
if i buy the hose from an auto parts store and do the work its under20 ... guess what im gonna do!
i have a basic idea of what im doin but a step by step how-to would be wunderful!
08-05-2004, 10:39 AM
remove / loosen clamps both ends.
08-05-2004, 10:56 AM
Where on the radiator is the drain plug...maybe a pic would be helpful if anyone has one lying around. I went under the car looking for it the other day, but couldn't find it.
08-05-2004, 10:59 AM
sorry I don't have a pic. It will look like a plastic wing nut type thing, called a drain cack. (replace a with o) I think its on the lower driver side.
08-05-2004, 11:11 AM
Is it directly on the underside of the radiator on the very end...kinda recessed into the radiator? I thought thats what it was, but it looks like there is one on each end (driver & passenger) so I figured that wasn't it.
08-05-2004, 11:17 AM
when mixing Dex and water should i use 'distilled' water or just from the tap??
08-05-2004, 11:27 AM
Hey Molson...I was just looking at another thread and came across these pics of Replica9000's radiator...
Can you point out from these pics where the drain plug is?
I'm thinking its the white cap on the second pic...am I right?
08-05-2004, 12:38 PM
sorry, those pic links don't work. :(
08-05-2004, 12:57 PM
Ok...I fixed the links...they should work now.
08-05-2004, 03:37 PM
Drain is the white plug on the lower right corner (if facing car). It looks like a white, quarter-sized plug with a square hole in it. Insert a 1/4" extension into it and give it a 1/4 turn and pull out about an inch ... with a bucket under it of course!
You'll also need a bucket when removing the lower hose. It's a messy job but sure as hell not a $130 job!!!
08-05-2004, 04:28 PM
Watch out after you install the hose and fill it up. Make sure that you bleed the system. The bleeder screw is on a hose that comes out of the top of the water pump. Loosen the screw and then fill the overflow screw.
I had the same problem and didn't know that I had to bleed the system. My car ran very hot and even got all the way to the top of the temp gauge. I bled it and it now stays at 200.
Hope this helps and I'm not stating the obvious.
08-05-2004, 04:45 PM
I've never pulled the bleed screw, but another thing that works is keep the system open (cap off) until the thermostat opens for the first time while idling in the driveway.
08-05-2004, 06:31 PM
Put it up on ramps, loosen the lower hose clamp, slip big pan under hose, loosen hose and let it drain. No sense trying to unscrew a drain plug if your replacing the hose.
Get some new hose clamps with the hose.
08-06-2004, 05:44 AM
08-22-2004, 06:19 AM
thanks for the tips y'all. I never did open the drain plug for the rad. Just open the bottom clip on the hose and let it drain into a bucket is all i did. And when re-filling the DEX I left the cap off and let it run for a while. Seemed to work great.
08-22-2004, 09:13 PM
You can buy the Dex pre-mixed now :woot:
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