Never open, service, or drain the radiator or cooling system when hot; serious burns can occur from the steam and hot coolant. Also, when draining engine coolant, keep in mind that cats and dogs are attracted to ethylene glycol antifreeze and could drink any that is left in an uncovered container or in puddles on the ground. This will prove fatal in sufficient quantities. Always drain coolant into a sealable container. Coolant should be reused unless it is contaminated or is several years old.
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Drain the engine coolant.
- Remove the splash shield.
- Remove the lower coolant hose.
- Remove the thermostat.
- Install the thermostat with a new O-ring. Tighten the bolts to 84 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
- Install the lower coolant hose.
- Install the splash shield.
Refill the radiator with engine coolant and bleed the air from the cooling system while running the engine with the heater valve open.