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Old 11-08-2001, 06:10 PM
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Location: Houston, Texas
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Definitely change that coolant!

I did a full flush just the other day. As mentioned above, you'll need to drain the radiator, and the block itself. A picture of the block drain on the M103 is attached below. I think it's 17mm and with about a 6 inch socket extention you can reach it from above without going underneath the car to turn it.

Drain all coolant then flush with appropriate agent (citric for buildup; degreaser for any signs of oil -- SHOUT! works well, 3 bucks at your local grocer)

After the flush, fill with regular water and run engine some more. Drain again. Now take a water hose with both drain plugs open and stick it in resevoir filler until you see clear water draining from both locations. Tighten drain plugs and fill'er up with coolant/water and you're good to go.

FWIW you'll find that your auto climate control works better after a good flush. Don't ask me why but I actually get fan speed changes now when in auto mode, where before I didn't. Maybe someone else can explain this one.

Good luck!


Looking at left side of engine:

Last edited by pmizell; 11-08-2001 at 06:17 PM.
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