Coolant Flush How-to: Toyota 4Runner (2003-2009)

1. Getting Started - Prepare for the repair

2. Overview - How to determine cooling system type

3. Open the Hood - How to pop the hood and prop it open

4. Find Reservoir - Locate the coolant reservoir and clean it

5. Drain Reservoir - Remove coolant from the reservoir

6. Radiator Cap - Remove the radiator cap before draining

Car Displayed: 2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0L V6

7. Drain Point - Locate the drain point on the radiator

Car Displayed: 2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0L V6

8. Drain Coolant - Drain the coolant from the system

9. Circulate Water - Run engine with distilled water and flush

10. Fill Coolant - Dilute coolant with distilled water and fill

11. Locate Hoses - Locate the coolant hoses and connection points

12. Burp System - Remove excess air in the cooling system

13. Cap Radiator - Replace the radiator cap

Car Displayed: 2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0L V6

14. Replace Cap - Put the reservoir cap back on

15. Replace Cover - Put the cover back on underneath

Car Displayed: 2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4.0L V6

16. Clean Up Tips - Secrets to dealing with spilled coolant

17. More Info. - Additional information on coolant flushes

 
Video Description

Adding engine coolant (also known as antifreeze) to your 2008 Toyota 4Runner is pretty easy. Engine coolant circulates through your engine to keep it cool in the summer but won't freeze in the winter. Make sure to check your engine when it is cold for an accurate reading. The video above shows you where the coolant reservoir in your 4Runner is located and how to add coolant. Be sure to check your owners manual to determine the correct type of fluid to add - for Toyotas, it will typically be in a section titled Fluid Capacities in the back of your manual. Mix the coolant with distilled water so that you have a combination of 50% coolant and 50% water. Some coolants will come premixed...that is, you don't need to add any water. These coolants will typically say 50/50 or pre-mixed on the front of the coolant bottle.

Removing the coolant reservoir cap on a warm engine could cause the cap to fly off at a high rate of speed and fluid to spray out of the reservoir. Always wear safety goggles when working on your 4Runner. Promptly wipe up any spilled fluid as it is highly toxic. Animals love its sweet taste, so even a spilling a small amount on your garage floor can end up in the dog's stomach pretty quickly. If you notice an oily surface in your coolant, immediately have your mechanic inspect your 4Runner for head gasket leakage

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