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Old 19 Nov 2011, 11:52 am
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I just drained some anti freeze from my radiator,and it won't stop dripping. Has any one had this problem.The valve appears to be in the right position,but it still drips.Will tightening it more help?

It's 2003 limited .I just finished putting radiator fan assembly in it.
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Old 19 Nov 2011, 01:01 pm
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Bogaz, I was unable to ever get the drain plug to open enough to drain. I, too, have a 2003 Limited. To drain, you're supposed to turn the plug one-quarter counter-clockwise, then clockwise one-eighth--and pull straight out. But the design is absolutely stupid, and is faulty. These guys never heard of threaded draincocks, I guess.

So basically, the draincock only turns a quarter turn, no matter what. So the area that you grab should end up in the 12 o'clock position when tightened back up to the closed position.

If if continues to drip, you might have cracked the o-ring, or the plug, itself.

I had to take off the lower radiator hose, to drain.

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Old 19 Nov 2011, 07:56 pm
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thanks for the reply.I got under it again and turned it a little more and it stopped.I didn't know about pulling it out,but it drained,but I could pee faster than it came out.I got the job done anyway.Thanks again
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Old 19 Nov 2011, 11:13 pm
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I just drained some anti freeze from my radiator,and it won't stop dripping. Has any one had this problem.The valve appears to be in the right position,but it still drips.Will tightening it more help?

It's 2003 limited .I just finished putting radiator fan assembly in it.
It has an O ring on it that might be bad, which can be replaced. The only place I was able to find the petcock was the dealer and it was 12 at one and six at another.
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Old 11 May 2012, 10:32 am
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I wasn't too sure if I needed to start my own post, but it seemed like a good idea to ask under this one: I just installed the radiator fan assembly (which couldn't attach correctly as the previous owners had a mis-shappened radiator that prevented it's left side from screwing into the radiator) and after draining the radiator, the drain plug won't close allowing fluid to seep out. I've tried inching it left and right, pushing it in while doing so; And after 4 hours, still no luck. Before I subject my hands through another trial, I wanted to know if there's anything i'm missing, any advice that could be given, anything I could try before buying a new radiator. Thanks in advance!
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Old 11 May 2012, 10:45 am
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If you heeded the advice given above and it still won't stop leaking you might want to try some plumbers tape. It's supposed to go onto threads but if you put a couple rounds on the tapered edge of the pet-cock, just maybe that will take up enough space to stop the leak.
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Old 11 May 2012, 11:00 am
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You guys never cease to amaze. Never, ever thought about that. I'm going down to my local store soon after work. Good looking out homie!
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Old 11 May 2012, 11:52 am
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Good looking out homie!

Is that a compliment?
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Old 11 May 2012, 12:18 pm
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Lol! Yeah! Homie= amigo, bro, friend, compadre, etc.
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Old 11 May 2012, 01:05 pm
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Different generation.
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