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Old 06-11-2014, 11:49 AM
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1984 300SD Broken Radiator Neck

While I wait for the new radiator to arrive it seems like a good time to flush the cooling system.

What is the best way to do the flush with the radiator out of the loop?

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Old 06-11-2014, 12:54 PM
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What kind of flush? Chemical? Fresh water?

Since chemical flushs (which often cause as many problems as they solve) mainly benefit the radiator, I would just remove the thermostat, insert a garden hose and let the water flow. Remove the block drain point to allow most of the water to escape. Back flush the heater core/plumbing separately.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:59 PM
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I was thinking about jamming the garden hose into the upper radiator hose and running it for 30 minutes.

Would remove the lower hose from the radiator?
Open any drains?
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:04 PM
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I was thinking about jamming the garden hose into the upper radiator hose and running it for 30 minutes.
Unless you remove the thermostat (you could reinstall the housing), you won't be flushing anything but the hose.

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Would remove the lower hose from the radiator?
May as well remove the entire radiator.

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I was thinking about jamming the garden hose into the upper radiator hose and running it for 30 minutes.


Open any drains?
Block drain. Right side of engine block. (I would initially flush with the drain plug installed.)

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Old 06-11-2014, 04:30 PM
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Best to flush it with the old radiator in, so it catches all the junk. You need to drive it to get coolant hot. Flush out all coolant (open block drain) and fill w/ pure water, flush again, then add Prestone SuperFlush or such. I use powder citric acid (ebay), which is the same. Then flush again and run a bit with plain water. Finally, when installing the new radiator I add a screen in the upper hose to catch any debris so it doesn't hit the radiator and take it out after a month or so. I buy stainless mesh strainers at the dollar store and cut them. I recently put Evans waterless coolant in both my 300D's (after removing all water), and no problems so far.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:36 PM
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I'd think twice about acid flush for fear of creating leaks in the heater core that's not currently there. If you must acid flush, bypass the heater core!
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:01 PM
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Best to flush it with the old radiator in, so it catches all the junk.
Isn't it a little late for that? Or did I misunderstand the meaning of "broken radiator neck?"

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...then add Prestone SuperFlush or such. I use powder citric acid (ebay), which is the same.
The cleaning product currently listed on the Prestone website is certainly not the same a citric acid. Prestone Radiator Flush+ Cleaner is non-acidic, according to the description.

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