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Where is drain plug for 1998 dakota 4x4 i need to drain radiator &what is the turning thing on the lower drivers side of radiator 4

How to drain raditor where is drain plug & what is the the turning thing on lower driver side of radiator??

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  • ore40ac Apr 19, 2009

    where is drain plug &what is the thing at lower drivers side of radiator ??? that turns left or right

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Dont use the drain plug remove lower hose you may break off drain plug or damage radiator especialy on an older car

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1998 dakota 4x4
You can remove the drain plug in the bottom on the radiator.
You can remove the lower radiator hose. Since the vehicle is 10 years old you may want to inspect the hoses for replacement anyway.

) Make sure the vehicle is cool.
) Slightly loosen the radiator cap to release any pressure.
) Re-tighten the radiator cap.
) Place a suitable container under the drain point.
) open the drain.
) Re-loosen the radiator cap again.
) Allow to drain.
) REPLACE THE DRAIN PLUG.
* At this point the radiator can be fill with water and a radiator cleaning agent- run the engine - allow to warm up.
* Re-drain the radiator - .
) REPLACE THE DRAIN PLUG.
) Refill the radiator with water/anti-freeze.
) Dispose of waste fluid according to the local regulations. Some city dumps will accept it. Some parts stores may accept it. Do not pour down the drain or dump on the ground.

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

  • marionbagget Apr 19, 2009

    Drain plug. If you turn it slowly, you will start to see green fluid come out before it is complete out. It may have a short drain hose attached.

  • marionbagget Apr 20, 2009

    Since this vehicle is 10 years old and you are changing the radiator fluid, you might consider changing the water pump and drive belts.

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