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Old 31 Jul 2011, 11:37 am
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Unhappy Details on twist-lock rad drain plug - can't get it to open!

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From what I understand, you turn the plug CCW until it stops, back CW 1/8 and pull.

Tried this, it does a 1/4 turn CCW and back 1/8 turn CW (tried +/- 1/8" turn as well).

Tried pulling, nothing happens... so far no draining.

I don't want to force it, any hints?

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Old 31 Jul 2011, 02:23 pm
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Sorry to tell you this, but the plug doesn't come all the way out. 1/4 turn should start the flow of water out the drain. What you have is a clogged bottom part of the radiator. The whole radiator must coem out, and force flushed to get it all cleaned out and to find out if the radiator is still good.
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Old 31 Jul 2011, 02:33 pm
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Default Re: Details on twist-lock rad drain plug

How 'bout trying to force water "in" the outlet to clear it?

Or am I just grasping at straws now?
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When I went to drain my rad a while back I ran into the same thing and thought it was clogged. What I did was turn the knob to open it and then grabbed it with pliers to pull it out to let it drain, I had to pull on it with a bit of force and wiggle it back and fourth a bit...
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Old 31 Jul 2011, 02:37 pm
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Did you get it back in, or should I pick up a new plug first?
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Did you get it back in, or should I pick up a new plug first?
It never came all the way out, just enough to open the drain. The initial ccw turn is just the lock to keep the drain closed, the pull out is what opens the drain...
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Old 31 Jul 2011, 02:43 pm
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Good enough, I'm going to attempt some gentle pliers persuasion.

Back in a bit.
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Old 31 Jul 2011, 02:57 pm
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Nope, I pulled and twisted, no go.

This is to do a temp fix - cylinder head leak - (flush/liquid glass/flush/fill).

I would rather wait to replace the rad when I replace the motor.

Any ideas on how to go about flushing the system by removing the bottom hose?
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Others that can't drain the radiator just take the bottom hose off and let it drain out of there. Then run water from a hose as much as you can through the cap area to clean as much out as you can.
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Old 31 Jul 2011, 03:47 pm
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Excellent - I hoped it would be that simple (I will be yanking the t-stat as well).

Still, I wish I had jack stands

Looks like rain, will try this tomorrow.

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