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Old 26 Feb 2011, 01:53 pm
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I did a quick flush of my radiator and I can't seem to get the radiator draincock to close. Is it supposed to screw all the way in clockwise or do you just turn it like 180 degrees and its good? when turning clockwise it seems to just turn forever and not screw in
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Old 26 Feb 2011, 01:58 pm
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There's a few threads. It should just turn a few times and come to a stop.

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Old 26 Feb 2011, 02:01 pm
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so turning it to the right when I am looking at it is the right way to turn it? I think I turned it like 10 times lol
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Old 26 Feb 2011, 02:01 pm
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It should have an O ring on it also, and they tend to go. They sell them at the dealer if you need one, couldn't find one at any auto part place.
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Old 26 Feb 2011, 02:04 pm
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so if I keep turning it to the left I can get the plug to come all the way out?
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Old 26 Feb 2011, 02:05 pm
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Yep, remember when you were a kid...Righty tighty, lefty loosey.
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Old 26 Feb 2011, 02:45 pm
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Jamestown, it won't close because the threads aren't catching. If you'll remember, when you opened the draincock, you probably only turned a short distance and then "pulled-out". To close the valve you do the opposite. As you are turning clockwise you will come to a point where the draincock will "push-in". Once it pushes-in you will only need to turn for a short distance for you to feel it come to a stop. "You're done". Obviously, check as you're filling the system and after starting it to make sure it's "really" tight.

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Old 26 Feb 2011, 03:12 pm
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Problem solved. I pulled out the draincock and the threads on the plug were chewed to CRAP. I replaced and am now good to go. Thanks for the help everyone.
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Old 26 Feb 2011, 11:38 pm
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since I didn't want to strip out my draincock, I just gave up on it and pulled the lower radiator hose, which allowed the radiator to drain. It was a time-consuming way to go--but I was afraid I might strip my female radiator opening.

Apparently, Chrysler uses a really funky design for their radiator draincocks. You're supposed to loosen them a quarter circle to stop (counter-clockwise, around 9 o'clock), then turn it back (clockwise) one-eighth turn ... and pull it out. The problem is this: it's like using a wrench to hammer in a nail. Maybe it will work, maybe not. Either way, it takes luck--or a lot of practice--or both.

And stripping something happens, as the OP has reported ....

So I just went with pulling the lower radiator hose. It's not as if I have to do it a lot, anyway. Once every 5 years, or so ....

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Old 27 Feb 2011, 02:45 am
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yea I would have just pulled the lower radiator hose but the clamp holding that on was assbackwards and a pain in the ass to get to so I said screw it.
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