How do you drain the radiator? I can't find a plug on the bottom of it. Do I need to just remove the radiator hose to drain it?
Thanks for your answer Nzero. However, I am a car dummy and don't know where to find this bung. Is it on top of the raditor, on the side, or underneath? If underneath, can I get at it without using a jack?
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remove items in this order and fit in reverse
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remember to remove the rubbers at the bottom of the old radiator to use on the new radiator
Hi, if there is not a petcock or plug at the bottom of the radiator, you can just remove the lower radiator hose to drain the coolant. Many cars do not have drain plugs. Please let me know if you have more questions and thanks for using FixYa.
Some models do not have a drain plug because they have a plastic radiator shell. If there is one, is should be by the lower raidator hose on the bottom of the shell. I usually just disconnect the lower radiator hose and let it drain from there.
For most Toyota radiators I know, the plug is in the center at the bottom of the radiator housing. If you cannot locate it, then simply remove the bottom radiator hose to drain the radiator. Keep in mind that you may need to replace the hose clamp if it has the one-use factory style clamp.
The drain plug is directly below your upper radiator hose at the bottom of the radiator. You can start by disconnecting the battery ground cable.
Should be a drain plug or petcock at the bottom or rear of the radiator or remove the lower radiator hose. If there is a petcock just/drain plug. Generally on this year you would rotate it 1/4 turn and it will start draining. If it doesnt drain there is something inside the radiator. Then you will have to resort to removing the lower radiator hose. If you need further assistance please let me know. Thanks, Midwest-tek
- Make sure the engine is cold and not running. - Drain the radiator fluid by opening the drain plug at the bottom of the radiator or for a better/faster drainage and cleaning, carefully remove the bottom radiator hose by first loosening the hose clamp. - Open the radiator cap and water rinse/flush the radiator core via a garden water hose until you no longer see any dirty water coming out of the bottom hose (or drain plug). - Flush the radiator over flow (plastic) container by overfilling it with your garden water hose. - remove garden water hose, carefully refit the bottom radiator hose, tighten the bottom radaitior hose clamp, refit/tighten the radiator drain plug. - refill the radiator with approved radiator fluid for your climate and also refill the radiator overfow tank to the indicated level.. - Refit radiator cap - Start your engine until it warms up and check for any water or steam leaks. Refit and or replace any faulty hoses or radiator (regulator) cap! It is not difficult and have fun!
I'm guessing that you do not have a radiator drain plug. It would be located on the bottom of the radiator. If not the next best solution is to disconnect the lower radiator hose. You will only need to loosen the clamp, and slide the hose off the radiator. Don't forget to have something to use to collect the fluid. Keep it off until you are ready to refill. Hope this helps