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2002 Chevrolet Impala Question: coolant release valves



cwhitlock61, 3.4L V6, Sylva, NC, January 22, 2009, 13:12

My previous question remains the same...2002 Chev Impala, 3400 V6 engine...I can not locate the coolant release valves anywhere in the manual. Please help!

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    January 23, 2009, 14:00

    Answered previous question.

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    Visitor, April 11, 2010, 10:38

    I owned a 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo with the same 3.4L engine. I performed most of the preventive maint. on the car, including coolant replacement (shade tree mechanic). I found two coolant release valves on the top side of the engine (one on the left side, the other on the right. The valves have a small brass screw with a head approx. 1/2" in diameter with a slot on top for a flat head screwdriver. Loosening the valves slightly while the engine is at running temp. should be sufficient for the trapped air to escape (NOTE: removing the screw completely will allow super-hot coolant to spray everywhere, including on you!!!). When you see coolant (no more air bubbles), re-tighten the screw. Be careful not to overtighten, the brass screws are fragile.

    Best of luck, be careful, and God Bless.

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