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Radiator Flush without emptying the radiator

My 1997 Olds 88 has been running hot, the needle goes into the red zone on the indicator and there's a small puddle on the passenger side wherever I park that smells like radiator fluid. Someone I work with said it's probably clogged up near the heater core. Any help/diagrams would be appreciated.

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I doubt it. If the heater core is plugged up the cooling system still functions but you don't get any heat.
The radiator could be clogged up, or it could be a sticking thermostat among other things.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013

Testimonial: "Thank you! I'm gonna try to flush the radiator this weekend, I just hope I make it that long with this heat it's gonna be a gamble."

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Posted on Jul 29, 2008

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SOURCE: Heater Core

My mechanic tells me it is almost impossible to get to it without
taking out the dash. This will give you the clearance you need
to replace it. You might try it from under the dash if you have a
good back but i don.t think there's enough clearance to get it out.
I bought a salvage 1997 lss Olds and the airbag popped the dash
so we had to replace it. Not an easy task unless you've done it
before.

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Posted on Feb 20, 2009

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SOURCE: i have a red fluid leaking from under the radiator

it sure sounds like it....and yes those metal lines are full of transmission fluid....they come from the tranny to cool the transmission fluid, and return it to the trans..

Posted on May 08, 2009

SOURCE: Had radiator flush. Even before this was done,

A few things to consider when diagnosing poor heater

  • Flushing the radiator doesn't do much in terms of heat. The heater core should be flushed to get rid of anything accumulated in there over the years.
  • How hot is the engine actually getting? If the thermostat is stuck open the engine may never reach proper operating temperature.
  • With the engine at operating temperature feel the hoses going into the heater core, are they hot? Some vehicles use a heater control valve that only flows coolant through the heater core when activated. They work off of vacuum and it isn't uncommon to find a broken vacuum line at the valve.
  • Are the doors in the heater box operating correctly? Can you hear the heater door inside the dash open when you select heat?
I hope this helps in getting your heat to work for the upcoming season.

Posted on Oct 06, 2009

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