Thanks all for the help. Finally figured it out and now that finally I understand how it works, it was easy! It's getting to understanding that's not easy; it's like trying to understand how to play Bridge when you've never played cards in your life. The thing that's so lacking in the manuals is a simple, easy to understand diagram like the one the dealer finally gave me. Instead the manual refers to generically to valves (and there are half a dozen or more, none labeled) with a photo that looks like it's been been photocopied too many times; can't see a thing in it.
If the manual would just say something like "sure you can take it into the dealer and pay 150 bucks to have them blow it out, but it's much easier and just as effective to just close these valves (and here's a picture of exactly where they are), stick this hose (again with a picture) into a two-dollar jug of antifreeze, turn on the pump, and run both hot and cold taps until the water runs pink." So simple once the picture is clear.