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1998 dodge stratus: I drain the coolant system..six cylinder

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1998 dodge stratus how do I drain the coolant system and replace the thermostat.It is a six cylinder.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Chris replied 8 years ago.

Hello and welcome to just answer Dodge. There is a plastic petcock drain on the bottom right of the radiator. Turn it counter clockwise while pulling out on it a little.

Here is the removal and installation procedures for changing the thermostat.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need more assistance with this.






  1. Drain cooling system to the thermostat level or below.
  2. Remove coolant recovery system (CRS) hose and thermostat/engine outlet connector bolts Thermostat/Engine Outlet Connector - 2.0L Engine and Thermostat and Engine Outlet Connector - 2.4L Engine 2.0/2.4L Engines. 2.5L engine remove inlet hose and coolant elbow from thermostat housing Thermostat, Housing and Inlet Elbow - 2.5L Engine
  3. Remove thermostat assembly, and clean sealing surfaces


  1. Install thermostat into the recess in the thermostat housing.
  2. Install inlet elbow and tighten the bolts to 19 N·m (168 in. lbs.) Thermostat, Housing and Inlet Elbow - 2.5L Engine
  3. Fill cooling system. Refer to Cooling System Refilling outlined in this section.


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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
1998 dodge stratus 2.5 engine I would like a complete diagram of coolant system.
Expert:  Chris replied 8 years ago.

This is the only diagram from the factory service manual that I have. It is a "flow" diagram.





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