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upper rad hose

can anyone suggest a way of replacing the upper rad hose without draining the coolant system? or is that hose above the water level and not full when the car is cold and off?
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Put a pan under the front of the engine. Catch what you can. Not much, a quart or so, will come out.
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When I replaced my upper hoses I minimized the spillage of coolant by using an old plastic gallon milk carton as a funnel. I cut the last inch or two off the bottom of the carton. I put the small end over the plastic drain plug at the bottom of the radiator.

Using a long 12" screwdriver which I put into the open big end I unscrewed the drain plug. When the plug falls out the coolant flows nicely into whatever recepticle you want.

I can't take credit for this idea. It came from www.clarks-garage.com
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thanks guys..
socal, would you reccomend disconnecting the rad side or the engine side of the hose first to let the liquid drain out??
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