I apologise for bringing up a subject that there has already been many threads about over the years, but I've read all of them and out of the two common methods of draining I still can't see how I'll be able to reach the bottom hose to re-attach it securely (I can see that removal won't be a problem with a long screwdriver).
(by the way. this is a 1988 side radiator engine)
I've just tried to reach the bottom connection from above and I can't reach it, and it really doesn't look as though it will be straightforward to reach from underneath with axle stands.
I'm just wondering if the following alternative is reasonable:
1. leave bottom connection in place but undo the two top connections (heater connection and water pump connection)
2. keep the top of the hose at high level and stick a siphon tube down it
3. use siphon pump to empty coolant into a bucket
4. flush rad with water (admittedly this bit may be less effective than usual)
5. fill with new coolant
6. re-connect the two top connections
Is there any reason no-one else does it like this? (I have a habit of coming up with 'bright' ideas and then realising what the downside is halfway through)
Could any spilt coolant damage any rubber or paint in the engine bay?
EDIT: Or maybe I could simplify matters even further by leaving the water pump connected and just undoing the heater connection?
Edited by zero_wlv, 12 January 2018 - 07:38 PM.