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Old 08-16-2017, 07:17 PM   #11
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What is the easiest way to flush (properly) the coolant? Is there a specific direction the flow should go?
I also need a new water pump. I am debating between having my original one rebuilt or just buying an aftermarket pump. Any suggestions?

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What condition is the radiator in? When I started, I wanted to try and save the old radiator, but after using the prestone cleaner, I found that wasn't possible. So I replaced that. Then I cracked the aftermarket water pump, so I replaced that. Then I found out I had a flex fan, so I replaced that. One thing I did do was disconnect the heater so that none of the chemicals from the flush would into the heater core (I have the original recirculating heater).
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You don't mention any problems with the cooling system so maybe just a simple drain and flush is all you need. Drain the the antifreeze in to a bucket(since it is toxic and pollutes)refill with water and any brand name flush. Run it until it is at temperature as the directions will tell you and most of the rust will go away and refill with 50/50 mix of antifreeze.A new thermostat would be recommended.
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Thank you for the tips. I'm looking forward to getting it all done. In a few months when the time and $$$ is right. I just found out the transmission linkage bushings are worn out and I can't reverse.
So add those up and a few other lingering projects under the hood and I'm planning on a (probably) thanksgiving vacation with plenty of grease.

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