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is it absolutely necessary to remove passenger side block plug when flushing

I have green coolant and switching to elc. Do I really need to take the passengers side block out to drain....its a pain in the butt
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Re: is it absolutely necessary to remove passenger side block plug when flushing

Nope. You can do it without taking out that plug.
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Nope. You can do it without taking out that plug.
Do you think I will be able to get all the green coolant out if I dont?
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Re: is it absolutely necessary to remove passenger side block plug when flushing

Based on my limited experience (1 flush on a 6.4) combined with what I read while researching how to do it, YES. You can get it all out but you won't get all the water you use to flush it with out. So remember that when you are filling it up with new coolant.

Use a concentrate plus distilled water as needed, not a 50/50 pre mix. I ended up putting around 4 1/2 gallons of coolant in and it topped off, if I remember correctly. So it does hold a significant amount of water.

The key is to keep flushing until you are getting good clean fluid back out. Then you know all the old stuff is out. Some of the ELC's allow for a "contamination" with old coolant up to certain percentage anyhow.

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Re: is it absolutely necessary to remove passenger side block plug when flushing

it's not a huge pain to drop the starter
and if u don't install the Fumoto valves but want to access the plug a few times doing a flush you leave the one starter bolt out until your done

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Re: is it absolutely necessary to remove passenger side block plug when flushing

Im using 100% distilled water and no chemicals for the entire flushes if that matters
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Re: is it absolutely necessary to remove passenger side block plug when flushing

Won't mater. You'll still have water left over in there.
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Re: is it absolutely necessary to remove passenger side block plug when flushing

you will be fine without the one plug removed
if i were trying to get sediment out I would say it's a must but your just coolant swapping

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Re: is it absolutely necessary to remove passenger side block plug when flushing

not sure I wouldn't go hose water multiple times to get the coolant out then go distilled
2 times to get the minerals out compressed air can force more out of the open block plug if you put it to the dagas bottle carefully

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not sure I wouldn't go hose water multiple times to get the coolant out then go distilled
2 times to get the minerals out compressed air can force more out of the open block plug if you put it to the dagas bottle carefully
Most definitely!!!!! on the hose water. Flush with the cheap stuff then a few rinses with distilled and add coolant. Don't waste $$$.
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