Question about 1997 Chevrolet Malibu
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: radiator flush
The drain plug should be located on the drivers side on bottom of radiator. Should be a flat tab that you can use to unscrew it. Or the faster/messier way of doing it, is to pull of lower radiator hose. Alot faster but alot harder to catch coolant to reuse.
Posted on Sep 06, 2008
I First, you must remove the black air deflctor that runs underneath the radiator across the car. Maybe about 8 bolts. Even then I couldn't find the drain plug at first. It is on the driver's side. Beneath the radiator there is a heavy metal Mounting bracket. Almost looks like a crossmember. About an inch in from the left (driver's) side bottom of the bracket there is a large round hole with a rubber grommet. In the center of this hole it the outlet of the drain. If you reach directly above it on the back side of the radiator, i.e. come around back on the bracket and looking forward, you will find the drain ****. It is black plastic and has 2 ****, not a full petcock handle. It is still hard to see, even after removing the air deflector. The air deflector is the one people knock off by running too far forward when parking. I hope this helps .Remember the 2 or 3 vents at top of radiator hoses when refilling the system.
The radiator does have a hard to see drain plug on the left drivers' side. There are 5 10MM screws holding the air deflector on. The block has removable plugs, one 14MM hex next to the oil filter and one in about the same location on the other side of the block toward the firewall under the exhaust manifold.
Posted on Oct 30, 2009
It's located on the drivers side of the radiator opposite of the lower radiator hose. Note: you may be better off disconnecting the lower radiator hose, it's common for the drain plug to break or the O-rings to split causing more work to drain the radiator. That's why most tech's will drain the radiator from the lower radiator hose, less chance of breaking the radiator drain plug and most new cars now don't come with a drain plug to the radiator.
Posted on Mar 05, 2010
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