I have a 2012 Kia Sorento SX AWD (that's the 3.5l V6). I am following the instructions in the service manual for replacing the engine coolant, but when I unscrew the radiator drain plug I only get about 0.75 gallons of coolant out. The coolant capacity is 1.9 gallons. Even if that includes the reservoir, there is still a good amount of coolant in the engine block. I know this because when I first drained the radiator, filled it up with distilled water, ran the car until the fans kicked on and drained it again, the fluid was dark green indicating there was significant coolant left in the system after the first drain.
Has anyone run across this on this car or any others? I have seen some YouTube videos where people run the engine to activate the water pump while the radiator drain plug is open, but I am wary of running the water pump until it is dry. Additionally, the service manual seems to indicate that the all the coolant should just drain through the radiator plug.
My concern is that the water left in the system after it is flushed will dilute the 50/50 coolant mixture I add to below a safe level.