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11-20-04, 03:41 PM   #1  

I took the plug off from the bottom of the radiator. Only about 2 quarts of antifreeze came out. Is that right??? The manual says the capacity is 7.9 quarts. Is there antifreeze still in there somewhere??? How do I get it all out??? This is on a 1.8 2000 Mazda Protege.

Thanks for the help.

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11-21-04, 12:39 PM   #2  
The 7.9 quart figure is probably for your entire cooling system which includes the radiator hoses, heater hoses, heater core, and the engine block itself. To get it all out you can take it to a garage that has the equipment to do a cooling system flush which will completely replace the exisitng coolant or you could drain the engine block which would drain the majority of the fluid in the system. To drain the block you'll need to look for one or more block "drains". These are normally simple threaded plugs in the side of the engine block. You unscrew them and the coolant in the block will escape.

I trust you're catching all the old coolant for proper disposal.

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