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How do you flush and fill 2000 Dodge Caravan engine coolant Is it a easy or difficult DIY job How much coolant does it hold Where is the radiator drain valve in 2000 Dodge Caravan?

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2011-09-13 01:57:58
2011-09-13 01:57:58

I have a dodge caravan 2000 w/ 3.0L engine and changed the coolant in the summer. The hardest part was getting the drain valve out and back in again. The drain valve i located on drivers side lower portion of the radiator that faces the driver. You can access it through the top and reaching down to get it. use a pair of pliers but nothing that locks on.

The drain valve is made of plastic so be careful. The trick is to push the drain valve in and then turn it before it will come out. I found that i had to push the drain valve in with considerable force before it would release. If and when you get the drain valve out, you will want to make sure the little rubber gasket around the drain valve is still in good condition.

Mine wasn't and i had to replace it. I found a suitable gasket at a department store automotive section. It came in a package with a bunch of other different sized gaskets (had to buy the bunch). Anyhow, you may have to push the drain valve in and then turn it before it is in properly.

Other than that, make sure you use the proper coolant and mixture for the climate you'll be driving in most. the owner's manual will give you an idea of how much coolant it will hold. i went through about 10 liters to fill mine up. I'll admit that changing the coolant was frustrating at times and i spent a lot of time getting together everything i needed and properly disposing of the old coolant. It was a learning experience. I saved myself some money but i think next time I'll get someone else to do it for me.

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