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Radiator flush finally found radiator plug on 2004 chevy venture; however, when i removed it there was no fluid that came out. When I try to put water or flush fluid in radiator it won't go down. I pulled the top hose off poured water in radiator and it came out of the opening where the top hose is. I cannot locate the bottom hose to see if i can get it to drain that way. Local garage says I need new radiator that will cost me close to $1000. not happy about spending that much money on 9 year old car. HELP !!!!

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Where are you located sherdibelle, is the cost labor and parts. See if you can find a radiator shop that will boil out your radiator. I quickly checked and a after market radiator cost $150.00-$200.00 so the place you went to is charging $800.00 labor or is this at a dealership. what is the labor rate.

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    sherdibelle Feb 09, 2014

    it's a local shope - he broke down charges stating labor was $500 the rest was for radiator and 2 gallons of antifreeze. I asked if I could supply the radiator and he said they can't warranty their work if they don't supply it which I know is a bunch of bull that is how they get their money. But I was able to locate bottom hose off and drained fluid. Used super flush solution then water refilled with antifreeze. Accidentally got water on battery when filling radiator. Everything was fine - thermostat stayed at regular setting so thought I was home free; however, when I took car out for a drive and turned it off, the car would not start sounded like it would if it was flooded. Brand new battery could I have shorted it out in any way by getting wet? Also, after changing everything service engine light came on - HELP !!!

  • mtebaldi Feb 09, 2014

    Have the car scanned for the check engine light get the code then we can proceed.

  • mtebaldi Feb 09, 2014

    You may have snagged the crank position sensor wire but scan for codes ok

  • mtebaldi Feb 09, 2014

    You may have snagged the crank position sensor wire but have it scanned for the code.



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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.

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this is a platic drain plug uaually located on side where the lower radiator hose is attached it's under the hose,left side when standing in front of car

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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.

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