How to Drain Antifreeze From a 2001 Malibuby Nathan McGintyUpdated July 10, 2023
The engine in your 2001 Chevy Malibu can become quite hot during operation. That's where your Malibu's radiator comes in. The water pump on your car's engine circulates coolant (or antifreeze, during the winter) throughout the chambers in the engine. The fluid absorbs the heat from the engine as it passes through the system. The heated fluid then flows to the radiator, where the heat is released into the atmosphere. You can drain the antifreeze from your 2001 Malibu if you need to change out the fluid.
Things You'll Need:
- Drain pan
- Protective goggles and gloves
1. Park the 2001 Malibu in a spot that is out of the way
Park the 2001 Malibu in a spot that is out of the way and will give you room to work underneath the engine compartment at the front of the vehicle. A driveway or garage makes an ideal location for this.
2. Shift the 2001 Malibu into park
Shift the 2001 Malibu into park. Turn off the engine and remove the keys from the ignition. Pop the hood. Allow the engine to cool off for about 45 minutes before starting to drain the antifreeze to prevent burns.
3. Turn the radiator cap on top of the radiator counterclockwise
Turn the radiator cap on top of the radiator counterclockwise. After about 1/3 of a turn, begin pressing down and continue turning. Pull the cap straight up and off the radiator.
4. Place the drain pan underneath the petcock
Place the drain pan underneath the petcock. On the 2001 Malibu, this is located on the driver's side of the radiator.
5. Use a pair of pliers to unscrew the petcock
Use a pair of pliers to unscrew the petcock. Pull the petcock out of the opening.
6. Allow the antifreeze inside the radiator to drain out into the drain pan
Allow the antifreeze inside the radiator to drain out into the drain pan. Replace the petcock when finished.
Dispose of used antifreeze properly and clean up any that may have spilled. This fluid is harmful to small animals, who will try to drink it. Wear protective goggles and gloves when working around chemicals such as antifreeze.
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Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.