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Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

This is a discussion on Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere? within the Performance forums, part of the General Discussion category; I have the entire engine and brackets painted with single stage paint and was wondering the best way to get ...

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    I have the entire engine and brackets painted with single stage paint and was wondering the best way to get all the fluid out of the engine w/o getting fluid everywhere? Should I just drain the entire radiator and then crank the engine up for a moment so it'll cycle the fluid through it?

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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

    Aim it nose down and pull the lower radiator hose into a bucket.

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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

    if you have the motor out of the truck you can just dump it out of it, but inside the truck, unsure of the best way, i supposed you could do it the way your thinking but that stuff would be hot as hell coming out if you let it cycle and have the t-stat open so it releases it....
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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

    You could use some hose crimp pliars to keep the mess down to a minimum. Not sure how to empty the block though. What are you trying to accomplish by removing all of the fluid?

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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

    Well I don't need to empty it all, but I'm putting on a stainless flex hose up top, polished thermostat houssing, and stainless braided sleeved hose covers on the rest of the parts.

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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

    just open the release valve on the bottom of the raditor let the coolant drain for like 5 to 10 minutes, sqeeuze the hose to, upper and lower while draining. then it should not leak but a few drops... good luck

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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

    If your wanting to just remove the T stat housing it pretty much traps coolant on top of the t stat and is gonna make a little mess no matter what. As far as draining the block try taking the knock sensor out or there should be another plug on the side of the block as well.
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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

    Just put a bunch of shop towels around

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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

    Drain enough of the coolant to get it below the upper radiator hose and then take the hose off at the radiator. Use a wet-dry vac to suck the remaining water out before taking it off at the thermostat housing.

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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by 99-2door
    Drain enough of the coolant to get it below the upper radiator hose and then take the hose off at the radiator. Use a wet-dry vac to suck the remaining water out before taking it off at the thermostat housing.
    this seems like the best idea
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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

    if i read correctly, you dont need to drain the block to put hoses on, unless your changing the bottom one, and if your changing the bottom hose, just do it as fast as you can, either way you do it, theres gunna be a mess.
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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

    The antifreeze won't hurt the paint.....you're going to get some coolant on it no matter what.
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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by CKTA
    The antifreeze won't hurt the paint.....you're going to get some coolant on it no matter what.


    If you leave it there and go drive it afterwards the paint might get stained by the coolant but just hose it down and it should be fine.
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    Re: Best way to remove radiator hose w/o getting fluid everywhere?

    Radiators usually have drain ****s in the bottom corners. They can easily be stopped mid stream. (no pun intended) Blocks usually have threaded plugs into the water jackets on each bank, but those are a little tough to stop once they're pulled...

 

 

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