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How do you drain the radiator and the coolant tank and add new coolant?

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The textbook method is to remove the drain plug on the bottom of the radiator.

Most drain plug ismake of inexpensive nylon/plastic and it may fall apart while you turn it.

The professional method is to loosen the lower radiator clamp and drop to lower radiator hose.

Drain the coolant onto a large drain pan and recycle the coolant

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On the bottom of the radiator is a drain plur, you will need to turn the drain 1/4 of 1/2 turn and this will allow the radiator to drain, most cases you will not have to completely remove the drain plug, if the over tank does not drain you will have to disconnect the hose on the bottom of the tank and drain it seperate.

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First check for the rad fan working. It could be the Fan relay, bad ground connection or coolant temp sensor (commands the fan relay). If not, check for little tiny bubbles in the coolant. Do this by running the vehicle with the rad cap off. Make sure there is no pressure in the cooling system first or you will get burned (squeeze rad hose, should be cool and easy to squeeze). Look into the top of the rad and watch for these tiny little bubbles. If they are present, you will need a head gasket.

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SOURCE: ONGOING COOLANT LEAK

replace your coolant reservior cap; the rubber ring has become brittle and "steams" the coolant out as you drive

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SOURCE: I need to change the coolant on my 04 GMC Sierra

There should be a petcock along the bottom of the rad. Most newer rads don't have a cap the antifreeze is added through the overflow tank.

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SOURCE: wher is radiator cap on 2000 cadillac sls

theres no radiator fill, the cap on the over flow tank is considered the radiator cap, thats where you fill the radiator, hope this helps.

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1. Tighten the radiator draincock and the cylinder block drain plug(s) (if removed).
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3. With heater control unit in the HEAT position, operate engine with radiator cap in place.
4. After engine has reached normal operating temperature, shut engine off and allow it to cool. When engine is cooling down, coolant will be drawn into the radiator from the reserve/overflow tank.
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        1. Close the air bleed valve above the coolant pump.
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          4. Turn off the ignition.
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Our Neons cannot use any other type as it will ruin the internals of your engine the coolant comes into contact with.
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