Mini EFI Upgrade: Dumping the Coolant

As part of installing the EFI kit for Hugo I need to install a crank sensor wheel, to make this a bit easier I though I’d remove the radiator.  The car has been stood for a long while anyhow so replacing the coolant and oil is a must before he’s back on the road.  I tried to remove the bottom hose but having never done this before I had a bugger of a time getting a screw driver into the jubilee clip holding it on.

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The shiny bit in the middle is the clip I’m aiming for…

I thought that removing the top hose may make things easier as I may be able to move the radiator a bit and get easier access to the bottom hose, part of the kit includes a new thermostat housing too so thought I’d remove that at the same time.  After removing the hose I discovered a weird gunk in it which was a bit of a worry!  That’s when I noticed that the thermostat housing was only held on with one of three bolts!  Unsurprisingly there is more surface rust on the side that lacked bolts, it looks like coolant slowly evaporated or leaked and left behind the weird gunk.

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Two out of three aint bad, they’re missing!

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I removed the thermostat, also covered in gunk, and thankfully there was only coolant underneath.  Looks a bit rusty inside but it’s an old engine so not too worried about it.  I’m a complete noob with stuff like this though so maybe I should be?  Future Keegan will figure it out, that guys awesome with stuff like that.

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I decided to have a cup of tea and do some research, at which point I realised I’d lost a couple of hours and didn’t get anything else done…

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