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Radiator Flush (Changing Coolant)

Postby 4banger » Fri Sep 19, 2003 9:55 pm

no the white one is a valve, the plug is mild steel, and it screws into the back side of the block just to the right of the transaxle.
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Postby Hsakuragi » Fri Sep 19, 2003 10:08 pm

do you mean this?

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Postby 4banger » Fri Sep 19, 2003 11:30 pm

I can't tell, the picture is too small and too dark.
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Postby hari-bhari » Fri Sep 19, 2003 11:44 pm

the haynes manual recommends removing the skid plates underneath for better access. maybe once u do that, ull have a better view. either way, im sure u could go to a dealer and get that part, they shouldnt charge u more than a couple of dollars
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Postby Turbosolara » Sun Sep 21, 2003 12:04 pm

my friend told me Red toyota coolant has lubricant that can help the water pump live longer, althought the average life of water pump is 80000 miles
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Postby Hsakuragi » Fri Oct 10, 2003 9:05 pm

4banger, any luck?
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Postby krook » Thu Oct 30, 2003 5:40 pm

is toyota red the only coolant we should use? (with the exception of the aforementioned Prestone Orange)

in the manual it just says to purchase coolant with ethyl glycol (i'm not sure if that is ENTIRELY correct) and there's a bunch of brands out there when i went to my local Wal-Mart store.
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Postby 4banger » Sat Nov 01, 2003 4:39 am

hsakuragi wrote:4banger, any luck?


Sorry, haven't been on for a while. Had to have the part special ordered from the dealer. It took about a week to get it, but it was only like 4 bucks. I was showing the plug to a guy at work, it turned out we had 2 at the shop there.
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Postby dan99solara » Thu Jan 15, 2004 5:19 pm

so you dont have to mess with the bleeder screw thing to get all of the air out of the hoses and stuff. i thought you had to bleed the system?
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Postby Stock Solara SEV6 » Fri Feb 13, 2004 10:09 am

I recently did my Solara V6 and my girlfriends Camry I-4, so I might be getting them mixed up. To drain the block, you attach a 1 foot piece of tubing (like 3/8" rubber fuel line) to the valve and open it up (not take it out) to drain the block. The tubing helps direct the fluid to a bucket.
If you don't drain the block, you won't be able to get enough water out of the system to get a 50/50 mix.
The Camry was last serviced at a Toyota dealership in Bellevue, WA and the idiots did NOT drain the block. Looks like they just drained the radiator and added Green coolant back in! What a mess.
I got it all flushed out and got the proper Toyota coolant back in.
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Postby bassthrive » Fri May 28, 2004 1:14 am

When refilling the coolant in the reservior, do you use a 50/50 of coolant and water, or do you pour in pure coolant?
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Postby 808Camry » Fri May 28, 2004 2:38 am

50/50
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Postby groovespacer » Sat Jul 03, 2004 10:02 pm

How often should this be done?
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Postby hari-bhari » Tue Jul 06, 2004 9:18 am

groovespacer wrote:How often should this be done?



every 30k, or some ppl do it even more often. just monitor your temp gauge, and as long as its stayin in the middle you should be fine. if you see it startin to climb, its a good idea to change it. only takes 20 minutes anyways
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Postby MrMikeL » Fri Sep 03, 2004 6:47 am

What's the proper way to dispose of old coolant??
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