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#4513887 - 09/12/17 05:44 AM Radiator Drain plug tool?
slybunda Offline


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is there a tool available to remove the drain plug in the pic below:


i dont have a screw driver head thats big enough for it.
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#4513889 - 09/12/17 05:50 AM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda]
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Just a big flat blade will do it.


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#4513910 - 09/12/17 06:26 AM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda]
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i dont have enough space to get a screwdriver behind it. and largest screwdriver flat head bits iv seen are 8mm. need something twice the size.
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#4513936 - 09/12/17 06:58 AM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda]
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Go buy a stubby flat blade screwdriver, you'll need it for something else in future. Get a stubby Phillips while you're at it.

Better, get an offset (L-shaped) screwdriver set. Time to expand your tool selection.


Edited by Astro14 (09/12/17 07:00 AM)
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#4513967 - 09/12/17 07:31 AM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda]
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Originally Posted By: slybunda
i dont have enough space to get a screwdriver behind it. and largest screwdriver flat head bits iv seen are 8mm. need something twice the size.


How about a piece of Angle Aluminum or any kind of scrap metal ?
Don't position it like a screw-driver, but more like a wrench.

I hope that makes sense.

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#4513974 - 09/12/17 07:45 AM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda]
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How about a flat blade socket ?


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#4513986 - 09/12/17 07:57 AM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda]
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Pull a hose.
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#4514003 - 09/12/17 08:15 AM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: Chris142]
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How about using a chisel or small prybar.
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#4514020 - 09/12/17 08:22 AM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda]
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And the plug never needs to be completely removed in order to drain the coolant.
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#4514034 - 09/12/17 08:33 AM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda]
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Edited by 123Saab (09/12/17 08:34 AM)
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#4514060 - 09/12/17 09:09 AM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: Chris142]
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Originally Posted By: Chris142
Pull a hose.


+1 I always drain the hose instead of dealing with the plug. it drains quicker and I never like to mess around with breaking the plugs.
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#4514064 - 09/12/17 09:12 AM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda]
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Put a channel-lock on the outside of it.

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#4514110 - 09/12/17 09:58 AM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda]
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If you're going to use Vice Grips, buy a spare plug first. A shot of Kriol or the like may help.


Edited by HerrStig (09/12/17 09:59 AM)

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#4514182 - 09/12/17 11:26 AM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda]
djb Offline


Registered: 01/16/06
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Look closely. Some actually have dished slots. Using a large coin with a pliers is the best-fitting tool. If not, a sheet metal paint can opener fits well.

When closing, remember that they are o-ring sealed. Slightly deforming the o-ring cross section provides the most reliable seal. You don't need to tighten them as if they are pipe threads.

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#4514214 - 09/12/17 12:22 PM Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda]
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Ahh never thought about using a chisel
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