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Old 12 Dec 2016, 04:21 pm
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Found an intermittent leak from the coolant bleeder screw on my 06 non turbo. Tried to get a new one and the dealer said got to get the entire part $240.

Does anyone know if this is a standard thread like brake bleeder or a plug I can screw in?


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Old 12 Dec 2016, 09:40 pm
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Hey Mike,

First, make sure the one you have is tight and without trash stuck in the threads or seat.

I believe you can replace this bleeder with one from the Dorman "Help" section at Advance Auto. It will say "brake bleeder" on the package but it works on coolant as well. They should have pack with several bleeders in it. One of them is likely to be the size you need. I added one to the Hemi engine in my Charger this way.

If me, I'd stick a piece of tubing on the bleeder and then open it and catch the fluid that drains out. It will not be that much. Then I'd remove the bleeder clean it good, reinstall, add my coolant back in and then run the engine up to temperature.

If it still leaks, I'd remove it again and take it with me to Advance where I can compare it to the ones the "Help" bubble pack.

PS: Another option is to just get one from a salvage PT. All PT's have them. Should be about $2 or less that way.
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Old 12 Dec 2016, 10:24 pm
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Default Re: leaking coolant bleeder screw

Also, make sure it is the bleeder and not a leak from the thermostat housing that is dripping on to the bleeder.
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Old 13 Dec 2016, 09:02 am
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Default Re: leaking coolant bleeder screw

Great suggestions Thanks.
Looks like it is the bleeder and it's intermittent. Think leaks when very cold and closes when hot.
Last time I did the coolant it was very tight and I was afraid I would brake it so left it alone.
Want to make sure I have something in case I brake it.

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Old 13 Dec 2016, 09:30 am
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If the HELP! bleeder doesn't work, then as well as any year PT as Handy indicated, Neons also use the same housing. So you should have no trouble finding a replacement for less than $240!
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Old 13 Dec 2016, 09:56 am
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Mine did the intermittent leak thing too. It didn't move very far when I tried to remove and clean it. It broke off, the white crud eventually plugged it(i use the green coolant though so YMMV), and it was one less thing on my pt I had to worry about. instead of letting the car get up to temp and using a wrench on the bleeder, i just got used pushing the thermostat open a hair with a long flathead when i filled it cold. it's faster and easier anyways.

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Old 14 Dec 2016, 10:35 am
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Yeah, that's my concern the heart dropping breakage. So want to be ready if that happens. Mean time I will soak it in blaster and hope it comes out. Not a bad idea trying to find a used one just in case. At least I have time. Not leaking that bad and not all the time.
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