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Old 11-18-2016, 06:39 PM   #13
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Jim Chunk, PA
04 STi


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:

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.

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.

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)

Also took off the electrical connection to the AC compressor:

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

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

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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