Before you install your remanufactured engine from Remanns.com know that your radiator fluid in your vehicle will become degraded and filthy and will require a replacement. The radiator fluid in your vehicle will need to be flushed out, depending on how often and how well you drive your vehicle. Flushing out the fluid helps keep the engine cool while its moving and when you are driving in hot conditions adding pressure to the system. Flushing also preserves your vehicle in the winter time and blocks the engine from freezing up and being damaged. It high recommended that you change your vehicles radiator fluid at least once a year. Changing the radiator fluid in your vehicle is simple, here’s how:
Remanns.com List of What you will need
- A plastic container
- Dry towel
- Work gloves
- Wrench or screwdriver
Turn off your vehicle and leave it off for a few hours. Be sure the engine has cooled down before you begin flushing. If you try to flush out the radiator fluid while the engine is hot, the fluid could overflow and cause you severe burns.
Take off the radiator cap after the engine has been completely cooled down, place the dry towel on the cap and loosen it, but do not take it off yet. Give time for the pressure from the radiator to escape through the loosening of the radiator cap before taking the cap completely off.
Find the radiator drain plug on your vehicle. It is usually underneath the radiator tank. It looks like a cylindrical plug with a screw, a T-bolt or a nut head. Once you have found the drain plug, place the plastic container right underneath it.
Turn off the Engine
Turn off your car and allow it to remain off for a couple of hours. Make sure that the engine has completely cooled down before draining the radiator fluid. If you try to work on your radiator while the engine is still hot, the fluid may overflow and you could be burned or injured.
Remove the Radiator Cap
After the engine is completely cooled, place the dry towel on the radiator cap and loosen it (make sure to wear your gloves), but do not remove it just yet. Allow the pressure from the radiator to completely escape through the loosened radiator cap before removing it all the way.
Locate the Radiator Drain Plug
Locate the radiator plug on your vehicle. It can usually be found on the underside of the radiator tank. It will usually look like a cylindrical plug that has a screw, a T-bolt or a nut head. Once you have located the drain plug, place the bucket or plastic container directly underneath it.
Take off the radiator drain plug and turn the radiator plug counterclockwise and take it off. Let the old radiator fluid drain into the plastic container completely before you continue.
Put back the radiator drain plug. After the old fluid, has been completely drained into the container, put back the plug and turn it clockwise and make sure to tighten it firmly.
Add the new Antifreezeby combining half of the Antifreeze with half water to the radiator until it has completely filled up to the top. Put back the plug and turn it clockwise and tighten it firmly.
Turn the engine on. Leave the radiator cap off, turn the engine on and let it run for a few minutes until the radiator burps. This will let the radiator fluid adjust into the cooling system and will also remove any air pockets that may have formed.
Reload the radiator once again. After the radiator, has burped and the Antifreeze has adjusted, refill the radiator and reservoir tank to the top again.
Put back the radiator cap on and turn clockwise until it has been tightening firmly.
Get rid of the old fluid. Take the old radiator fluid to your nearest recycling center or auto parts store. These places know how to properly dispose of old radiator fluid for you. Tip: never pour the old radiator fluid down the drain or on the ground.
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