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Question Radiator/Drain/Flush/Lower Hose access/2009/3.6

Going to drain/refill the radiator on my 3.6 2009 Malibu. Would like to drain the radiator by removing lower hose. Will have access to hoist and just curious can the hose be accessed without removing panels, that is, can the hose be accessed directly from below?

Would accessing the lower hose from the top be an easier solution? Any tips or suggestions appreciated. TIA
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Re: Radiator/Drain/Flush/Lower Hose access/2009/3.6

might be less mess to open the drain cock.
Bottom of the tank, side opposite the trans lines
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I, too, have a 3.6L.

The lower hose is on the driver's side. It can be accessed by removing the panel between the wheel and front bumper, then removing a small boxy cover (plastic as well) to see the hose itself. If you don't wanna remove those panels, you'll need to get a special tool for the self-tightening hose clamps.

If you intend to completely drain the radiator and/or cooling system, the lower hose is mounted high enough up on the tank that it leaves quite a bit of liquid in it. You may want to consider using the drain valve.

Here is the one I just bought but haven't used yet.

If you wanna do any of the hoses, this is what will make it easier. Using common pliers I was able to get the 2 radiator hoses and the one hose from the t-stat to the reservoir, but the 2 heater hoses are stuffed into a spot that is so tight and hard to reach that I broke down and bought it. I expect to be doing the heater hoses this coming weekend.
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Re: Radiator/Drain/Flush/Lower Hose access/2009/3.6

Thanks for the replies...the petcock drain sounds like the best solution for me.....
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Re: Radiator/Drain/Flush/Lower Hose access/2009/3.6

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Thanks for the replies...the petcock drain sounds like the best solution for me.....
especially since the "lower" hose isn't on the bottom of the tank on these cars. It's near the middle.

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