How to Drain Engine Coolant From a KIA Sportage

by Russell Wood

Although most people don't do it, you should flush your cooling system every 40,000 miles to get out any sediments or deposits that may be in your system. The first step in that process is removing the old coolant, which is typically fairly easy to do. The only difference with a Kia is the splash shield which has to be removed prior to doing the draining. In this case, the project vehicle is a 2000 Kia Sportage, but this will work for any 1998 through 2002 Kia Sportage as well.

Allow the vehicle to cool for at least fivce hours, preferably overnight, so that you don't burn yourself. Crawl underneath the front bumper and locate the splash guard around the radiator. Remove it using a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and then place it to the side.

Pop the hood and open the radiator cap with your hand. Then place a drain pan underneath the radiator to catch the fluid as it comes out of the radiator.

Crawl underneath the bumper again and open the drain cock on the bottom of the radiator with your hands. Allow all of the coolant to drain into the drain pan, then take the old coolant to an automotive recycling center.


  • close Never work on a car or truck's cooling system that has been run in the past few hours. You want the coolant to be completely cool prior to working on the car, otherwise you risk burning yourself severely.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.

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