How Do I Drain Chevy 1500 Coolant?

by Tara Kimball

You should change the coolant in your Chevrolet 1500 every 30,000 miles or any time you notice discoloration or debris. The coolant in your truck is a 50-50 blend of clean water and antifreeze. Although antifreeze requires careful disposal, there is no reason to engage the services of a repair center. You can drain the coolant at home in minutes. Dispose of the used coolant responsibly by taking it to a recycling center.

Raise the front of the truck with a jack and position a set of jack stands to support it. Remove the jack when the truck is stable on the jack stands. Raise the hood of the truck and remove the radiator cap.

Locate the radiator drain plug on the bottom of the radiator, opposite the lower radiator hose. Position a large drain pan under the drain plug. Loosen the radiator drain plug with a wrench.

Wait while the coolant drains completely from the radiator. Tighten the radiator drain plug and remove the drain pan from beneath the truck.

Raise the truck with a jack to remove the jack stands. Lower the truck to the ground.


  • close Refill the radiator with a 50-50 blend of antifreeze and clean water before running the engine to avoid permanent damage.

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About the Author

Tara Kimball is a former accounting professional with more than 10 years of experience in corporate finance and small business accounting. She has also worked in desktop support and network management. Her articles have appeared in various online publications.