I also have a 2000 commodore. It is very simple. Follow these steps. # First, disconnect the battery of your car. # Take off the radiator cap (the cap on top of your radiator) # Take a small hose (approx. 3ft) # Put the hose in the radiator as far as you can # Suck on the hose until you start to see/taste the antifreeze rise (if you consume any antifreeze contact your local poison control immediately) # There is no drain plug
Set the heater control to the hot setting. Remove the radiator cap and then loosen the drain plug on the radiator. If there is no drain plug then remove the lower radiator hose from the radiator. Flush the radiator with tap water from a garden hose. Reattach the lower hose. Remove the thermostat and replace it with a new one. Should be located where the upper hose connects to the engine. Pour in a 50/50 mix of the correct coolant and distilled water. If you buy premixed then just pour that in. Should take 2 gallons. Leave the radiator cap off and start the engine. let it run as you keep an eye on the level in the radiator. Keep adding coolant to keep the radiator full. Watch for escaping air bubbles. Once you see no more bubbles escaping replace the cap. Repeat the bleeding process one more time after you have driven it for at least 10 miles. Do not remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot.
Unhook any hoses and run water through it.
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Sounds like you need a radiator coolant flush or you need a bigger radiator for your vehicular transport thingy.
Three main reasons for replacing a radiator are 1) it leaks and replacing the radiator cap, hoses/clamps and making sure the drain valve at the bottom is complely shut hasn't stopped the leaks, 2) lots of rust on the lower half, especially on the cooling fins and at weld points where hoses connect, or 3) a radiator flush machine at your oil change shop shows that the flow through it is badly restricted due to mineral and rust buildup and the flush didn't improve it dramatically. Before you replace it, do replace the radiator cap. Sounds silly, but a weak spring or badly worn gasket can give symptoms that look exactly like a radiator about to die from not being able to hold pressure correctly. Inexpensive cap vs radiator? Easy choice. If you end up replacing the radiator, you'll need the new cap anyway.
You have to pull the lower radiator hose to drain/flush the radiator
is there a drain plug on the radiator
Drain the radiator. Leaving the drain plug open, run water from a hose into the radiator and continue to flush until the out coming water is clear.
In order to flush the radiator you will need to remove the lower tray to access the hose. Unscrew the drain plug attached to the hose and let the radiator drain.
there is no lower radiator hose.
If you do not have a radiator cap once you drain the radiator, you can use several options to flush the cooling system. You can easily do this by filling up the system with as much water as you can and then warm it up.Ê
i have a 95, and i had to just remove the bottom radiator hose to drain and flush.
drain radiator poor in flush and follow instructions on bottle of flush.
The radiator drain plug for a Kia Sedona is located at the bottom of the radiator. The radiator flush that is needed can be purchased at any auto parts store.
There is a drain valve at the bottom of the radiator and you will have to remove the drain bolt in the engine block.
remove bottom radiator hose to drain system. flush system a few time before adding antifreeze.
First open up the radiator, then there's a drain plug on the bottom of the radiator. Fill with water and drain until clear. Fill it up and good to go.