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Old 03-19-2006, 11:49 PM   #1
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How To Remove Radiator Drain Plug?

I am flushing my radiator in my 1997 Century Buick. The radiator drain plug has a little plastic handle on it and it won't move. Does anybody know if it screws out or just pops out? Or how do you get it out. I hate to force it anymore for fear it will break. Any answers will be appreciated! Thank you! Jared
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Old 03-20-2006, 02:07 AM   #2
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Plug.........

Rather than risk breaking the plug I drain through the lower hose.
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Old 03-20-2006, 05:54 AM   #3
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couldn't you get like linesmen pliers so that it grips the entire plastic part and then just turn it? try taking off the radiator cap too just to make sure all of the pressure it releved. If it doesn't come off then either someone glued it shut or your radiator has something in it that caused it to sieze up...usually radiator plugs do not sieze
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Old 03-20-2006, 09:05 AM   #4
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It most like screws out, having a plug that pops out is just asking for leaks.
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Old 03-21-2006, 01:31 AM   #5
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Plug.........

You can go ahead and try to turn the plug but if it breaks you aren't going to be driving anywhere with no coolant when it goes all over the ground! I say this from experience and common sense.....better safe than sorry and stranded! Unhook the lower hose to drain the radiator............
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Old 03-21-2006, 04:21 AM   #6
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One thing...you sure that you are loosening it the right way? Should be Counter-clockwise to get it off. Also if the plug doesn't come off..generally something is wrong with your radiator or its too old anyway...but usually the plug will break off the plastic fin before it just "pops" out
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Old 03-21-2006, 05:15 AM   #7
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As with most nylon fittings it is often better to give it a nip to tighten, before proceeding to loosen.

Flushing a radiator through a drain spigot is hardly going to be effective. As previously posted drop the bottom hose off so you can get a good flow of water and easy egress of debris.
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Old 03-23-2006, 02:07 AM   #8
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hurray! I have used the bottom radiator hose and that worked great. Thank you all so much. I'll use this forum again.
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maybe... thanks to you guys... he hasn't had any problems since then!
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maybe... thanks to you guys... he hasn't had any problems since then!
Yes, maybe. It's always nice when a member receives help then sticks around though
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