Draining cooling system on 1998 Stratus

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by kmatheson, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. kmatheson

    kmatheson Guest

    Last weekend, I attempted to change out the coolant in my 1998 Stratus
    with the 2.4L engine. By touch, I was able to find the radiator drain,
    but could not find a tool that would fit in the cramped space to turn
    the valve.

    I then thought about disconnecting the bottom radiator hose from the
    engine. I was able to remove the clamp, but could not break the seal
    between the hose and the fitting. Again, this was due to the limited
    space. The engine was cold at the time, which may have contributed to
    the tight seal.

    Any suggestions of how to do this from those that have done this


    kmatheson, Aug 24, 2006
  2. kmatheson

    Bill Putney Guest

    If it's not emergency work, try to schedule it in when other work that
    will be done where the upper radiator brace, cooling fans, etc. are
    being removed for other things (like a timing belt/water pump job). If
    those things aren't in the cards right now, it may be worth your time to
    pull the radiator brace and fans out to gain access.

    Bill Putney
    (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with the letter 'x')
    Bill Putney, Aug 24, 2006
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