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radiator fluid change

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by rab89, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. Sep 28, 2009 at 4:28 PM
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    rab89

    rab89 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I want to change the radiator fluid for the winter in my 01.
    anyone know how much new fluid i'll need? and I was thinking of flushing it out a bit by putting the hose in and letting it run through for a few mins, is that a good idea? haha.

    I looked in my manual but found a few different numbers

    thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. Sep 28, 2009 at 4:47 PM
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    I don't believe it'll be a true flush by just running a hose through it as there is still coolant that will be circulated through the engine.
    You'd have to do several fill's and drains to be completely free of old fluid/debris
     
  3. Sep 28, 2009 at 5:28 PM
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    Maxola89

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    i just got doing mine, it took about 1.2 gallons and i filled my reserve about half way too. if you wanna flush out your radiator you can pick up a flushing kit at must auto part places for under $7.00. but if your just going to flush it out with just a hose drain it first and turn the truck on for like 15-30 seconds with the hose on to flush out the engine too.
     
  4. Sep 28, 2009 at 10:00 PM
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    yea i figured those bottles of flush were a gimmick. has anyone tried them? it's not gona hurt anything to run it with just water in it?
     
  5. Sep 29, 2009 at 9:35 AM
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    ya i tried the flush it worked just fine. its ok to run water though just dont let your truck warm up, thats why i said just a few seconds. ok bud let me know how it works out.
     
  6. Oct 6, 2009 at 2:43 PM
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    I'm going to bite on this - why not let the truck warm up?
     
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