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Radiator Flush

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I've seen a lot of Youtube videos and discussions about the subject. This is from the official shop manual. Note that flushing engine is separate.​


07 - Cooling / Standard Procedure​

CLEANING/REVERSE FLUSHING



CAUTION:
The cooling system normally operates at 97 - 110 kPa (14 -16 psi) pressure. Exceeding this pressure may damage the radiator or hoses.


Reverse flushing of the cooling system is the forcing of water through the cooling system. This is done using air pressure in the opposite direction of normal coolant flow. It is usually only necessary with very dirty systems with evidence of partial plugging.

CHEMICAL CLEANING​

If visual inspection indicates the formation of sludge or scaly deposits, use a radiator cleaner, Mopar® Radiator Kleen or equivalent, before flushing. This will soften scale and other deposits and aid the flushing operation.



CAUTION:
Be sure instructions on the container are followed.


REVERSE FLUSHING RADIATOR​

Disconnect the radiator hoses from the radiator fittings. Attach a section of radiator hose to the radiator bottom outlet fitting and insert the flushing gun. Connect a water supply hose and air supply hose to the flushing gun.



CAUTION:
The cooling system normally operates at 97 - 110 kPa (14 - 16 psi) pressure. Exceeding this pressure may damage the radiator or hoses.


Allow the radiator to fill with water. When radiator is filled, apply air in short blasts allowing radiator to refill between blasts. Continue this reverse flushing until clean water flows out through rear of radiator cooling tube passages. For more information, refer to operating instructions supplied with flushing equipment. Have radiator cleaned more extensively by a radiator repair shop.

REVERSE FLUSHING ENGINE​

Drain the cooling system (Refer to 07 - Cooling - Standard Procedure) . Remove the thermostat housing and thermostat. Install the thermostat housing. Disconnect the radiator upper hose from the radiator and attach the flushing gun to the hose. Disconnect the radiator lower hose from the water pump. Attach a lead away hose to the water pump inlet fitting.



CAUTION:
Be sure that the heater control valve is closed (heat off). This is done to prevent coolant flow with scale and other deposits from entering the heater core.


Connect the water supply hose and air supply hose to the flushing gun. Allow the engine to fill with water. When the engine is filled, apply air in short blasts, allowing the system to fill between air blasts. Continue until clean water flows through the lead away hose. For more information, refer to operating instructions supplied with flushing equipment.

Remove the lead away hose, flushing gun, water supply hose and air supply hose. Remove the thermostat housing (Refer to 07 - Cooling/Engine/THERMOSTAT - Removal) . Install the thermostat and housing with a replacement gasket (Refer to 07 - Cooling/Engine/THERMOSTAT - Installation) . Connect the radiator hoses. Refill the cooling system with the correct antifreeze/water mixture (Refer to 07 - Cooling - Standard Procedure) .


Remove the lead away hose, flushing gun, water supply hose and air supply hose. Remove the thermostat housing (Refer to 07 - Cooling/Engine/THERMOSTAT - Removal) . Install the thermostat and housing with a replacement gasket (Refer to 07 - Cooling/Engine/THERMOSTAT - Installation) . Connect the radiator hoses. Refill the cooling system with the correct antifreeze/water mixture (Refer to 07 - Cooling - Standard Procedure) .
 
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