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Radiator Drain plug tool? #4513887
09/12/17 05:44 AM
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slybunda Offline OP
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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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Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda] #4513889
09/12/17 05:50 AM
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Just a big flat blade will do it.


Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda] #4513910
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slybunda Offline OP
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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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Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda] #4513936
09/12/17 06:58 AM
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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.

Last edited by Astro14; 09/12/17 07:00 AM.

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Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda] #4513967
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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.

Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda] #4513974
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How about a flat blade socket ?


Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda] #4513986
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Pull a hose.


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Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: Chris142] #4514003
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How about using a chisel or small prybar.


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Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda] #4514020
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And the plug never needs to be completely removed in order to drain the coolant.


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Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda] #4514034
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Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: Chris142] #4514060
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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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Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda] #4514064
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Put a channel-lock on the outside of it.

Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda] #4514110
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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.

Last edited by HerrStig; 09/12/17 09:59 AM.
Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda] #4514182
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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.

Re: Radiator Drain plug tool? [Re: slybunda] #4514214
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slybunda Offline OP
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Ahh never thought about using a chisel


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