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Unread 03-10-2012, 05:30 AM   #1
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need help.ASAP radiator/petcock

Well I was draining my radiator yesterday and had it draining after opening the petcock. I felt I did it correct but for.some reason took out the petcock all the way. When I tried to put it back it was at an angle (no room to go straight) I broke it. I am getting a new one today. I'm trying to take out the radiator to get a better shot at putting the petcock in. Does anyone have any tips? I'm so pissed at myself, I was right but went to far.

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Unread 03-11-2012, 11:18 AM   #2
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My '07 (early model) didn't have a petcock that i could find so I ended up cutting the hoses off to put in the engine oil cooler. Lucky me . I have looked through the radiator section in the FSM and see that removing the radiator should be the last resort. Can you loosen the radiator up to get a better shot at putting it in straight?

1. Drain cooling system.
2. Remove radiator fan.
3. Disconnect lower radiator hose.
4. Remove fasteners attaching AC condenser to radiator. Reposition AC condenser.
5. Remove radiator assembly by lifting it up from the engine compartment. Care should be taken not to damage the cooling fins and tubes during removal.
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Unread 10-31-2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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By any chance were you able to resolve the issue? I had the same problem, where the draincock came out and was impossible to put back in. I bought a new one and am still having an issue reinstalling the draincock. I've read you put it in at 4 o'clock and hand tighten, but that hasn't worked for me.

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Unread 10-31-2012, 04:52 PM   #4
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ronjr8102, I found your post on another site and took your advice: I used a pry-bar to push it in and it worked easily. Just make sure the slot is inline with the plug. I would recommend anyone trying the same to be sure you don't put any pressure on the lower coolant lines (not hoses).
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