Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Black Hills, SD, USA
Just did mine last month, and as Mr Shealey states you dont have to take the "tank cover" off and heartily agree with the "frustration" part.
When I drained mine I followed the service manual and removed the water temp sensor. However, there is certainly nothing wrong with removing the radiator hose to drain the system. The service manual also recommends removal of the coolant expansion tank. If the tank is clean inside, I don't see the wisdom in that. To drain the expansion tank, remove the overflow hose from the radiator filler neck and put the hose lower than the tank and it drains just fine. Even flush with a little distilled water if you'd like.
The first time the coolant was changed, I took my time in the refilling process to get all of the air out and then marked the "mixing" jug as to what it had left in it. This time I knew when I was getting close. (Eases the frustration a bit ) To refill I used a fuel line primer bulb and some clear plastic tubing. Just take your time, it goes pretty quickly.
Ahhh, Yes, the pictures.
First one, The filling aparatus. Goes faster than it looks!
Second, The radiator cap and filler neck. There is room to remove the cap, just a little cramped. Use an inspection mirror to monitor the level while filling.
YMMV, and good luck
Edit: Mr. Neblett was a little quicker on the draw than I was. Guess I better type faster
BTW Mark, Congrats on the award at CCR. Well deserved!
Check the obvious first!
01 LT Champagne "The Starship"
73 Z1 Kawi
and 7 long gone
Last edited by Dman; Oct 14th, 2005 at 11:11 pm.