Best way to drain coolant?

Best way to drain coolant?

Postby 9T8_Safari_Guy [OP] » May 23rd 2012, 1:42am

Well... finally my water pump is on it's way out on my van. I have the new pump ready to be
installed. But not to thrilled about changing it at all. :( Seems like it's going to be a pain in the
butt LOL. So what's the best or easiest way to drain the coolant, the drain cock or by removing
the lower rad hose? Also would it be better to have the van up on low ramps while doing this job?
Or any other tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance guys!
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Re: Best way to drain coolant?

Postby chevymaher » May 23rd 2012, 2:12am

Using the drain cock is the environmentally friendly way. Trying to catch all the coolant.
That said a pan under the van to catch it. See I trying to be politically correct.
I would unhook the hose to at the water pump and bend it down. It would be empty real quick. You have to take it off anyway.
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Re: Best way to drain coolant?

Postby paintdrying » May 23rd 2012, 2:38am

i pull the rad resivior and pull the bottom hose clamp. Then i watch it drain down my drive into the local water supply.
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Re: Best way to drain coolant?

Postby 9T8_Safari_Guy [OP] » May 23rd 2012, 4:32am

Thanks for the input guys. Still would like to know if it's easier with the van up on ramps?
Or if it's possible to reach the drain cock without having the van raised?
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Re: Best way to drain coolant?

Postby chevymaher » May 23rd 2012, 5:03am

I do it with out ramps.
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Re: Best way to drain coolant?

Postby 9T8_Safari_Guy [OP] » May 25th 2012, 1:39am

Well... I finally got the pump changed! :dance: It took me 6 hours to do it, after fighting with the clutch fan, the
pump pulley etc. Sure hope I don't have to do that again for awhile LOL!

Thanks to everyone again for all the info and the great "how-to's" posted here. Don't know what I would
have done without the info, help and this great forum.

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Re: Best way to drain coolant?

Postby tedanderson » May 26th 2012, 4:04am

Yeah.. I was going to mention that I did a write-up on this when I changed my pump a while back.

I'm glad it worked out for you.
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