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Learn2 Flush a Car Radiator (continued)
Step 2: Place the drain pan

Never allow coolant to drain out onto the ground. Its sweet smell attracts animals that will drink it. Don't leave it to drain unattended in a pan, for the same reason.

  • Buy an inexpensive pan just for this purpose or use a pan that is no longer used in the house. Don't rummage around in your kitchen for the Christmas turkey roast pan. Antifreeze-flavored foods aren't so tasty.
  • The pan should be big enough to hold the coolant, but not so deep that it doesn't lie flat or slide easily under your vehicle. Tipping a pan on its edge (to slip it into position) is a bad idea. It will only lead to spills.
  • The location: Get down and have a look. Make sure that the pan is centered under the radiator's drain valve (called a petcock) from where the coolant will flow.


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2TORIAL STEPS
Introduction
Step 1: Clean the radiator front and fan
Step 2: Place the drain pan
Step 3: Remove the radiator pressure cap
Step 4: Inspect the radiator pressure cap
Step 5: Inspect the clamps and the hoses
Step 6: Drain the radiator
Step 7: Rinse the radiator
Step 8: Add the coolant mixture
Step 9: Bleed the system
Step 10: Replace the radiator pressure cap
Step 11: Clean up

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