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Forester 04 Top radiator hose dilemma !

Im a tight *** and dont want to pay anyone to change the top radiator hose in my 04 Forester...So in doin it myself i ask this question...How can i change this hose and still keep the coolant ? Coolant is virtually brand new and doesnt need changing...I know coolant is cheap and all but surely there is a drain plug maybe ? What sort of procedure can i take to empty, save and refill the radiator ? Im new to Suby's ....give me a Datto anyday !

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You really won't lose that much coolant in just changing the upper hose.
But, crawl underneath the front of the car, and somewhere along the bottom left or right hand corner of the radiator, you'll find a valve of some type. Either rotate/turn the valve, or pull and turn, to open. Be sure to have a clean bucket ready and under the drain while doing this, to catch the drained fluid.

Then remove the radiator cap to allow air in the top of the radiator and speed the flow. Drain only to a point in the radiator that is below the lowest point of the top radiator hose, probably the engine end. Close the drain.
Remove/replace the radiator hose. Pour coolant from bucket back into the radiator where the cap was removed. If it does not all go, then save.
Start engine and allow to warm up. As soon as you see the level drop (meaning the thermostat has opened) add more coolant, and continue doing so until no more coolant can be added. Replace the cap. Monitor the coolant reservoir and add coolant as needed to the appropriate fill line.
Do not store excess coolant where pets/animals could consume as it lethal such creatures.

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HI there,

  • You'll need something like a deep tray or basin.
  • Place it under the radiator
  • At the base of the radiator you'll see a small valve or petcock
  • Position the tray under it and open it up
  • When your satisfied the coolant is hitting where you want climb out and open the radiator cap. This wioll allow the draining to be accomplished that much faster
  • When you're done, close the valve.
That's about it
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  1. Set the vehicle on a lift or jack and safety stands
  2. Lift-up the vehicle.
  3. Remove the under cover.
Forester 04 Top radiator hose dilemma ! - 104341045
Should see this drain **** on the bottom of the radiator.
Drain the coolant into a clean catch pan and we you go to reuse the fluid strain it thru a cloth and will remove any trash. Good Luck

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