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Old 02-28-2012, 09:40 PM
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How do I drain Fumoto valve on starter side

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I have been researching on this site for a while now, but have yet to post. I hope I will be able to help some of you some day as I have received tons of help from this site. My question involves draining the coolant from the engine block on the starter side with the fumoto valve. I had removed the starter to put the fumoto in, and now with it in I cant seem to get the drain hose over the nipple as the fumoto doesn't have much clearance from the starter. Can I just drain the coolant over the starter or is that asking for problems? Or if I reach up to drain the fumoto and I touch the pos. and neg. on the back of the starter on accident with batteries connected will I get a nasty shock?
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Old 02-29-2012, 02:32 AM
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Hi All,
I have been researching on this site for a while now, but have yet to post. I hope I will be able to help some of you some day as I have received tons of help from this site. My question involves draining the coolant from the engine block on the starter side with the fumoto valve. I had removed the starter to put the fumoto in, and now with it in I cant seem to get the drain hose over the nipple as the fumoto doesn't have much clearance from the starter. Can I just drain the coolant over the starter or is that asking for problems? Or if I reach up to drain the fumoto and I touch the pos. and neg. on the back of the starter on accident with batteries connected will I get a nasty shock?
It's definetly tight,but I managed to squeeze a hose on it and ran that to a bucket.
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I installed a hose on it as well. In fact, both block drain valves have hoses, connected to a tee and finally a short section of hose that goes to the drain bucket.
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:57 AM
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I had to modify the ground wire in order to get mine to fit and have enough clearance in order to get the tube on the nipple.

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Looks like a tug of war with the ground wire to make it fit... If it s the ground wire(negative) there is no issue. The block is a ground (negative) itself. you should be able to put a thin hose on it...
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:16 PM
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http://home.comcast.net/~lyon.family...ush%20v1-0.pdf

See page 10 of the attached document.
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I purchased a 3/8" I.D. clear hose from the Depot, ran it to the center of the cross member and slid the 5 gal. bucket under it. 15 or 16 times.

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Old 02-29-2012, 10:27 PM
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Thanks for all the advice guys, it really helped reassure me. I ended up just putting on some rubber gloves and reached up there with both hands and was able to get the hose on pretty easily. After draining it a few more times it became very easy. Does the starter have constant power even with the key off, or only when the key is in the ignition? I didn't get any shock at all and I'm pretty sure I had my hands all over the starter posts while I was working the drain tube on the fumoto the first couple times.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:53 PM
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It will not shock you....

There is constant power down there on the large red wire.
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