Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Walnut Springs, TX
OK, just finished the required five year drain and refill of the radiator. After spending hours underneath it - removed plastic "skid plate" and all lower fasteners from the bumper cover, I came to the conclusion that this is truly a stupid design.
I could get the drain plug turned through about 30 degrees, but not enough to get flow. Knowing how these Chrysler plugs love to break the guide ears off, I decided to take another tack.
Remove battery and battery tray. Remove lower hose and then radiator cap. Remove heater supply hose from back of engine block. Using air regulated to 40#, carefully blow all coolant onto your garage floor. Using rag and air pressure, blow out the remaining coolant through the radiator cap connection. Reconnect all hoses. Use turkey baster to remove all coolant from overflow tank. Refill using 50/50 mix of G05 and distilled water. While Patriot is warming up out on the garage apron, use hose to dilute/spread spilled coolant into yard. Top off coolant once the thermostat opens. While floor is drying, consume yet another cold beer. Replace Patriot in second bay of garage, install radiator cap, then bring your truck into first bay for A/C blower removal/replacement. When wife is getting into her car (3rd bay) and asks what all of the water is from, explain that the garage floor was "dirty" and "needed to be hosed off". Enjoy more beer.
Dry Creek Longhorns
2008 Jeep Patriot Sport, 24D, 2.0, CVT, 2010 Chrysler 300 Touring/Signature Edition, 1995 Geo Tracker 1.6L 16V, 4X4, removable hard tops.
His: 2001 2500 SLT/Laramie, QC, SB, ETH, DEE, AEM Brute Force Intake, 4" custom exhaust, TM-24 TurboMaster, 46 gallon in-bed aux tank, exhaust brake.
Hers: 2003 2500 SLT, QC, LB, ETH, DEE,
Other: 2010 Kubota MX4700 with FEL, 1977 Kubota L185.