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post #1 of 12 Old 05-31-2009, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Radiator drain plug leak

Just noticed coolant coming out from the radiator drain plug. Tried tightening it, but the bolt just keeps on spinning (is it supposed to do that?), and the coolant continues to leak out slowly. How can I fix this?



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Just noticed coolant coming out from the radiator drain plug. Tried tightening it, but the bolt just keeps on spinning (is it supposed to do that?), and the coolant continues to leak out slowly. How can I fix this?

slip a piece of hose over it clamp it on the drain the stick a bolt in the end of tube problem solved

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Josh, I like the way you think, that is a very good idea for a fix ...

I, like you, think that the leak is coming out the outlet hole, but it does bother me the he said that the bolt seems to just spin without tightening, but if it was me, I would try your fix first ...

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Replacements are not expensive.
either is tubing and bolt

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That's a good temp fix with the tubing. I may have to go with that until I flush the system and have a chance to take a better look at the plug.

I've never taken out the drain plug, so I am not sure what's there and what needs to be replaced. I hope the thread in the radiator is not stripped.
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And you do not have to drain the fluid ...

If the hose worked, then I would use it until I went to replace the fluid and then do the repair ...

But really, knowing me, if the hose worked, then I would just go by the old adage of " If it ain't broke don't fix it" ...
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Also, you may not need the clamp. Just the hose and the plug/bolt may fix it ...

And it poises an interesting question to me ??? Would rad. pressure be involved or would be more like a drip???

I'm thinking drip and just for my own education, I would go without the clamp, just to see how that worked ...

Also, when you go to do a fix, buy a can of the cheapest ether/starting fluid that you can find and spray down all that wet area and it will give you a clean playing field, for when you look back at it again, to see if it is fixed .

Make sure to get the cheap stuff, because it does not have upper end lubricant in it, and you want it clean not with a oily residue on it .

I love ether/starting fluid and have used it many a time when working on nasty stuff ...
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I love ether/starting fluid and have used it many a time when working on nasty stuff ...
Sounds like you use it a closed area haha

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Well, it turned out that the coolant was coming out from more than just the drain plug. That entire corner was leaking, so I had the radiator replaced with a new one. The entire bottom half of the original had disintegrated after 250,000km.
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