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Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:41 pm 
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the drain bolt in the bottom of my radiator has had the head come of. its sitting flush against the lower tank, discovered this after doing a coolent swap. let me tell you, getting coolent out with out drowning the altenator is fun.

anyway, spoke to a mechanic and we both agreed that a radiator joint would charge an arm and a leg for 10 mins work.

we came up with either
1- drilling and then getting a dremal to remove the main material then pushing the rest of the threads in with the new bolt

2- trying to slot the top of the bolt where the head used to be and using a screew driver to wind in out. personally i think its in there good

Any ideas? i assume someone has had a few simalar probs?

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:45 pm 
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just pop the bottom hose off? that's how i've done mine

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:47 pm 
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Lefthand drill bits, thats what I use. They were damn expensive, about $140 for 5 of them, with ezi-outs.

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:59 pm 
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couldnt take the bottom hose off at the time. too seazed on. block inlet was the only option,

left hand bits sound interesting. i suppose they bite in and unthread?

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:02 pm 
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Just drill it and slap a flat screwdriver in it.

It's plastic.


Unless.. you've encountered a steel one.

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:04 pm 
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have had this happen a few times. what i do is hammer in (lightly) a sharp flat blade screw driver. the radiator bung is only plastic so it doesn't take much to get something in there and then carefully undo it. if that fails yeah ezy-outs are great things. if u get a new radiator bung make sure there is an o'ring. to get it from ford the o'ring is actually seperate from the bung
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Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:11 pm 
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couldnt take the bottom hose off at the time. too seazed on. block inlet was the only option,

left hand bits sound interesting. i suppose they bite in and unthread?


Yep, got me out trouble several times. The drill bits are a Cobalt/HSS type and don't dull in a hurry, so good for broken exhaust studs and such.

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:17 pm 
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put a plastic bag or two over the alternator and get your skirt off and pull the bottom radiator hose off. If it's 'seized' on it could probably do with replacing anyway.
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Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:23 pm 
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Damo wrote:
put a plastic bag or two over the alternator and get your skirt off and pull the bottom radiator hose off. If it's 'seized' on it could probably do with replacing anyway.


Yeh I had to punch my lower radiator hose to get it off. Took me ages, not much room to swing a punch lol

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 11:57 pm 
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kezz wrote:
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put a plastic bag or two over the alternator and get your skirt off and pull the bottom radiator hose off. If it's 'seized' on it could probably do with replacing anyway.


Yeh I had to punch my lower radiator hose to get it off. Took me ages, not much room to swing a punch lol


tell me about it. the i6 engine bay must be one of the best packaged ones in the world

 

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Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:39 am 
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fiftyone wrote:
kezz wrote:
Damo wrote:
put a plastic bag or two over the alternator and get your skirt off and pull the bottom radiator hose off. If it's 'seized' on it could probably do with replacing anyway.


Yeh I had to punch my lower radiator hose to get it off. Took me ages, not much room to swing a punch lol


tell me about it. the i6 engine bay must be one of the best packaged ones in the world


How about the twin-turbocharged straight 6 in a BMW 135i.. if you drop a tool no point looking on the ground for it.

 

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Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:09 pm 
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fnp wrote:
fiftyone wrote:
kezz wrote:
Damo wrote:
put a plastic bag or two over the alternator and get your skirt off and pull the bottom radiator hose off. If it's 'seized' on it could probably do with replacing anyway.


Yeh I had to punch my lower radiator hose to get it off. Took me ages, not much room to swing a punch lol


tell me about it. the i6 engine bay must be one of the best packaged ones in the world


How about the twin-turbocharged straight 6 in a BMW 135i.. if you drop a tool no point looking on the ground for it.


never dropped your tools into the engine bay of an underground haul truck then eh :D
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