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Old 03-31-2008, 07:52 AM
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I have a new-to-me 95 3.4L that really needs a coolant change. How much coolant amI not going to get out of the engine ifI don't pull the block drain plugs and knock-sensor? I just have this bad feeling thatthose plugs will leak when reinstalled, so I'd like to avoid it ifI can (lots of Ohio rust!)

With all my older cars, I used to just flush and re-fill the system with water a bunch until it flowed clear out of the radiator, letting it run to get hot so the heater core got rinsed too. A friend recently told me I'm not getting the block flushed well by using that method.

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I would recommend taking the car to any local radiator shop and have them do it. Yeah it's going to cost a few bucks but there are three reasons for this. One: You make quite a mess by letting the water and old coolant run all over the place. Two: There are enviromantal lawsand if the po po find out what you"re doing then there could be a huge fine. Three: The radiator shop can clean and flush your radiator better than your best efforts can produce.Just my thoughts on the subject.
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If you are able to change your oil and do other basic maintenance then you should be able to change your coolant yourself... you don't need to take it to a shop for that. When I changed my coolant the other week I got out about 2 gallons. After it was all drained I flushed it with water and ran it for a while with just water in there with the heater on. Granted I did it more than once so I could get out the 8 year old Dex-cool. I'm pretty satisfied with it and got out quite a bit of sludge that Dex-cool is famous for producing.
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Thanks for the response, and I don't have a problem with confidence in doing this, but the question was about the drain plugs.
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