Radiator drain access

Radiator drain access

Postby Donnymo [OP] » August 22nd 2010, 7:56pm

How do you get to the drain plug on an AWD 2003 Safari? I'm assuming it's on the passanger side below the lower radiator hose. I just don't see how you get to it. Thanks,
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Re: Radiator drain access

Postby Big_kid » August 22nd 2010, 9:50pm

I don't remember exactly where it is, but it's near the lower hose somewhere, IIRC it's facing the engine.

I flushed mine out almost 2 years ago. I try to block that memory out because I did it in the grass, at night, in November, a freeze was coming that night, and I had been running straight water. I remember being cold, wet, and wishing it were July.

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Re: Radiator drain access

Postby ihatemybike » August 23rd 2010, 2:23am

On AWD vans it's a pain to see and reach from underneath. I've found it easier to pull the fan and shroud and reach it from above. I usually will shove a bit of 3/8" hose on the drain tube before I start too.
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Re: Radiator drain access

Postby astroturf » August 23rd 2010, 1:24pm

On my 05 the drain is located on the lower radiator hose.

Simply disconnect the lower hose, and wa lah a drain...

Jim

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Re: Radiator drain access

Postby ihatemybike » August 23rd 2010, 7:26pm

astroturf wrote:PS My 05 has no drain on the radiator.

I challenge this statement as the radiators have the same part number 1996-2005 AWD/RWD.
ACDELCO Part # 21331

Thus the fact that my two vans each have one means your van has one as well.
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Re: Radiator drain access

Postby astroturf » August 23rd 2010, 9:00pm

ihatemybike wrote:
astroturf wrote:PS My 05 has no drain on the radiator.

I challenge this statement as the radiators have the same part number 1996-2005 AWD/RWD.
ACDELCO Part # 21331

Thus the fact that my two vans each have one means your van has one as well.


Lead On Brother, and I will go snap a pic of where it is not.

Jim

PS I have also been looking for a PCV Valve & EGR Valve too.
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Re: Radiator drain access

Postby ihatemybike » August 23rd 2010, 9:15pm

Gonna have to pull the radiator shroud and fan. Be hard to get a good pics from underneath, although on 2WD vans it is barely visible.

For the others take a pic of the driver's side valve cover and then the area to the drivers side of the T-stat.
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Re: Radiator drain access

Postby astroturf » August 23rd 2010, 10:09pm

ihatemybike wrote:Gonna have to pull the radiator shroud and fan. Be hard to get a good pics from underneath, although on 2WD vans it is barely visible.

For the others take a pic of the driver's side valve cover and then the area to the drivers side of the T-stat.


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PCV & EGR are not there. PCV was replaced by a fixed orifice system. And I am still looking for the Where's Waldo EGR on an 05.

Here is a pic of the not there Radiator Drain...

Jim

PS Maybe this one was made on a Friday or a Monday...

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Re: Radiator drain access

Postby 94 Van Guy » August 23rd 2010, 10:17pm

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Re: Radiator drain access

Postby rev_les » August 23rd 2010, 10:31pm

Drain or not, it's easier to just pull that lower hose. Getting the drain opened and re-tightened is a royal PITA. Jim, I looked up your EGR valve part number...... you seem to have an EGR gasket, but no EGR valve :mrgreen: The '02 through '05's are VIN "X", they use some newfangled control systems.
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Re: Radiator drain access

Postby astroturf » August 23rd 2010, 10:34pm

Keith, Just another leak point.

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Re: Radiator drain access

Postby ihatemybike » August 24th 2010, 3:17am

Jim, your van is goofy, I don't like it. :snooty:
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Re: Radiator drain access

Postby rev_les » August 24th 2010, 4:49am

ihatemybike wrote:Jim, your van is goofy, I don't like it. :snooty:

I'm kinda jealous of the rear wheel discs myself :whistle:
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Re: Radiator drain access

Postby Donnymo [OP] » August 29th 2010, 1:44pm

I removed the fan shroud and I have the same radiator. It is the same part number and a new radiator at O'reiliy's had a drain plug. Starnge but true. Thanks for the help guys.
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