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Old 11-18-2016, 06:39 PM   #13
Dash_Martino
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Jim Chunk, PA
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04 STi
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So my big goal for today was to at least drain the coolant. Got a big metal tub that was pretty wide so as to avoid splashing:

http://i.imgur.com/o1tbsWG.jpg

From what I read, draining coolant can be a little messy. Seeing as the car is 12+ years old, and I didn't think it was wise to re-use the radiator hoses, I figured I would just puncture the bottom radiator-to-motor hose and let the coolant drain into the tub.

http://i.imgur.com/011NhOD.jpg

As suggested in other write-ups, loosen your radiator cap. My car has been sitting still for a few months, so no worries about built up heat or pressure.

http://i.imgur.com/Xxj0cvC.jpg

Coolant draining well.

While the coolant was draining, I decided to take off a few other parts in order to save time. Here is the top nut that holds an electrical connection to the top of the alternator (under the red hood)

http://i.imgur.com/WdnHoIa.jpg

Also took off the electrical connection to the AC compressor:

http://i.imgur.com/stdNULV.jpg

Took off the plastic shroud that guards the belts for the AC compressor, power steering, alternator, etc.

http://i.imgur.com/e0cJXok.jpg

Might as well take out the perrin catch can while I'm at it that the previous owner installed.

http://i.imgur.com/cmD7QLD.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/FHbiyxY.jpg

I'm not sure what you guys get out of your catch cans, but when I dumped mine it was some weird oil / water sludge crap.
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