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 Post subject: Sheared Screw - Radiator Drain Plug
Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2005 5:52 pm 
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I carried out a coolant change on my 98 EL a while back but in the process of re-tightening the radiator drain plug, it snapped! The plug that is remaining in the radiator is containing the fluid without a problem, however, I now want to do another flush but have no way of removing the screw as none of it is protruding (plus the bottom hose is too difficult to get to).

Does anyone know of a simple way to remove such a screw given the limited access to the screw from below the car? Would it be expensive to have a mechanic remove the screw?

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Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2005 5:55 pm 
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to get it out you may be able to drill a hole through it, and then use an easy out. Youd need to have another plug though. The bottom hose isnt too bad to get at, as long as the auto tranny lines arent right up along side it. Mine was actually pressing against the hose so it wasnt great but still possible. Id just do the hose, much easier :D

 

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 Post subject: Re: Sheared Screw - Radiator Drain Plug
Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2005 9:24 pm 
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EL-FAIRMONT-GHIA wrote:
I carried out a coolant change on my 98 EL a while back but in the process of re-tightening the radiator drain plug, it snapped! The plug that is remaining in the radiator is containing the fluid without a problem, however, I now want to do another flush but have no way of removing the screw as none of it is protruding (plus the bottom hose is too difficult to get to).

Does anyone know of a simple way to remove such a screw given the limited access to the screw from below the car? Would it be expensive to have a mechanic remove the screw?

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Take the fans out and remove the bottom hose. A lot of new tanks don't even have a drain plug anymore.

Once you've drained it remove radiator to get to plug, if you really need to fix it.

 

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 Post subject: Removal Of Fans
Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2005 9:45 pm 
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Is the removal of the fans as simple as the workshop manual portrays it to be? In summary, the manual advises to disconnect the wiring from the assembly and remove the two bolts mounting the assembly to the radiator.

Just seems a little too easy.
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 Post subject: Re: Removal Of Fans
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EL-FAIRMONT-GHIA wrote:
Is the removal of the fans as simple as the workshop manual portrays it to be? In summary, the manual advises to disconnect the wiring from the assembly and remove the two bolts mounting the assembly to the radiator.

Just seems a little too easy.


Yes it really is that easy! the bottom of the fan shroud sits into a couple of lugs, two bolts at the top hold it in place.

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2005 9:55 pm 
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Thanks for your help guys, very much appreciated.

I will attempt to carry out my coolant flush tommorrow morning :-)
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Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:31 am 
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If its holding coolant.... just walk away, forget it.... lol

Pull the lower hose off of the radiator to drain it.

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:10 pm 
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This exact thing happened to me before. If its holding the coolant, let it be and use the lower hose to drain the radiator. OR, if you're like me who can't stand the thought that there's a broken plug under your radiator, get a new plug ready (I got mine courtesy of Madmax, thanks again). I used a flat screwdriver and tapped it gently into the broken plug and started unscrewing it. Be very gentle when tapping the screwdriver in though. The plug is very fragile and soft that's why an 'easy out' didn't work when I previously tried it.

Good luck mate! :D
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Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:00 pm 
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Carried out my coolant flush with success. Removing the fan assembly made things much easier.

Next task will be replacing the fuel filter and cleaning the throttle body...

Does anyone know if the car must be jacked up etc. to replace the fuel filter or is it possible to do it at normal height?

Lots of fun :-)
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Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 10:47 am 
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EL-FAIRMONT-GHIA wrote:
Carried out my coolant flush with success. Removing the fan assembly made things much easier.

Next task will be replacing the fuel filter and cleaning the throttle body...

Does anyone know if the car must be jacked up etc. to replace the fuel filter or is it possible to do it at normal height?

Lots of fun :-)


Nah, jack up the rear of the car... put it on stands as you're gonna be crawling around under the car...

 

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