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radiator drain plug

so i went to drain a gallon of coolant out to pull my ficm, and the head of the plastic plug broke off, luckily its still 99% functional because it has a hex hole for an allen wrench.

i have to replace my thermostat this weekend, so i know i need to drain more, but is it possible to replace the plug without draining all the coolant??

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yup yup lol


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thats what i was figuring.. i was hoping there was some kinda trick! thanks guys

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Put a 5 gallon bucket under it and do it fast. You can get a new plug at autozone for like 3 bucks. Unscrew until it comes out the squeeze and pull it all the way out then put new one in and screw in real fast. It takes about 20 seconds.


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so... changed it out... holy #%%$ing spray haha it comes out a little faster when you pull the plug then when its half out using the spout. got it though

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Hopefully you did it with the engine cold, loosened the cap to remove any pressure then tightened the cap. That would have been the trick other than being speedy


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oh yah haha i'd already drained some to remove my degas to pull my ficm

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and it sure was cold! it was in the 20's this morning and i got a nice bath

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Guess we shoud a warned ya about that. Sorry Actually I have come across 6 of those radiators that have no hole in the down spout. Your sitting there turning it waiting for the flow out the spout an then whoshhh bath time.


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