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help with Prestone coolant flush kit


hey guys, i bought a flush kit made by prestone and i'm having trouble finding where the "tee" should be installed. i have a 1996 3.8L V6. i have a kid on the way and i cant afford to pay someone to flush my coolant for me. here are the instructions for installing it off the prestone website:

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Make sure engine is cool, then loosen radiator cap to release any pressure and re-tighten cap. If radiator has no cap, loosen and re-tighten the pressure cap on the expansion tank, if so equipped. If it has a conventional recovery system (a non-pressurized plastic bottle) and no radiator cap accessibility, vent and reseal the system via the cap covering the thermostat.
Two heater hoses extend from the fire wall to the engine, in both front and rear wheel drive vehicles. Hose #1 runs from fire wall to water pump. Hose #2 runs from fire wall to top of engine. This is the heater inlet hose. Ask a qualified mechanic if uncertain.

my mechanical experience is pretty minimal. it would really help if anyone knew where i could find a picture that said where it needed to be installed. basically the "tee" gets installed where you hook up a water hose and flush the sysem and i cant figure out where to put it. any help is greatly appreciated.

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I've never done it that way. All I ever do is to drain the coolant out of the radiator and refill with a 50:50 antifreeze: water mixture. If the coolant is changed regularly that should be sufficient.

Another option is to drain all the coolant from the radiator and block using the block drain plug on the drivers side of the block. Then refill it with water, warm up the engine and drain it again. Let it cool down and add the correct amount of antifreeze to give a 50:50 mixture and refill with water.

Be sure to bleed the cooling system after filling it.
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thanks stephen, how to i bleed the air out of the system when i'm done?
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At the front of the engine there is a metal tube coming out of the water pump. It has a threaded plug at the top. After the radiator is full reinstall the radiator cap, then remove that plug and with a funnel pour coolant into it till it overflows.
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