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Old 01-30-2006, 02:19 AM   #1
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Since the front of the bonnie is bent inward, i need to straighten it back out in order to get my headlight housing to fit in correctly again. I'm just a noob with this kind of stuff, so I want to know the safest way to drain the coolant out, and get the radiator off so I can start wrenching at the support bar.

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Safest and best ways are to get a large catchpan.. on the driver side of the radiator is a valve to drain it from. Referred to as a petcock or draincock. You can also unhook the bottom hose on the passenger side.

Again..catching coolant. Animals are attracted to it and it will poison them if they drink it.
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The petcock is plastic so if you have to put a pair of pliars on it to turn it, be real careful.
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a little off topic, but judging from your pics, you got quite a bit of damage to your housing, your headlights will probably not...if ever fit correctly or aim properly without the damage being repaired on a frame rack. also cant forget to mention the compromised structural integrity of the front end if you were to be involved in a front end crash. i do realize it is a $500 car but just my 2 cents.....I've seen to many people injured because of shoddy repair jobs
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Thanks for the concern and the help. I really do appreciate it.
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