2000 DODGE STRATUS RADIATOR FLUSH AND DRAINING

  • Tiny
  • courtrightw
  • 2000 Dodge Stratus

Engine Cooling problem
2000 Dodge Stratus 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 150000 miles

Can't find a drain valve on this 2.4 ltr engines radiator.
Trying to determine best method of cleaning and flushing radiator and engine cooling loop.
What is the water flow direction on this system?
Should I pull the t stat and bottom hose to flush and refill?
Also, What direction does the t stat go in this car?

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 AT 4:18 PM

1 Answer

  • Tiny
  • buddycraigg
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  • 2,322 posts

I prefer to pull the hoses if I'm flushing a system, the water can flow through a lot faster than what it can out a little drain valve.

The water pump is the input side of coolant and the water flows through the engine to the thermostat.

Normally the spring side of the thermostat goes in towards the engine.

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Sunday, June 28th, 2009 AT 6:15 PM

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