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Leaking freezer plugs

We have a 1989 Ford Crown Victoria. We bought this car used four years ago for $350 & never had any mechanical problems until last year when we replaced both the radiator and water pump. Recently our mechanic told us the freezer plugs are leaking as we can see in the garage every morning. This past week the car overheated on us and is sitting at our mechanic's right now. We also have to constantly check the water/antifreeze in the radiator before we use the car to make sure it's filled to the correct level. Now our mechanic claims that on Monday these "freezer plugs" popped (?) and that's why the car lost all the water from the radiator and he wouldn't put anymore money into the car, he claims it's also leaking oil, although I don't believe that for a second. We certainly can't afford a newer car right now in this economy, so we're thinking (against our mechanic's advice) of putting some money into trying to keep this car running a little longer. He says it's going to be costly and he can't guarantee the repairs for 6 mos. Any advice? The car always runs perfectly when we go out!! Thank you so much.

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Hello and thanks for the question...I'll try to help.
Freeze plugs are cheap and CAN NOT be reused. You'll need to buy some new ones. They are press fit. When installing them ONLY TAP ON THE OUTER EDGE......not in the center, you'll collapse them if you do.there is no sealant required when installing them.
there are also after market rubber plugs for those tough to reach frost plug holes you can buy. they are inserted and then you tighten a bolt to spread the rubber to seal the hole. I've seen then here in Canada in a red and white package, the name on the product is "HELP" .......they also provide things like window winder handles door panel clips etc....... i did a Google search on them with no luck though.
If there is nothing else wrong with your car i would definitely repair the frost plug problem............its an inexpensive repair and definitely cheaper than buying another car.
Hope this helps,....good luck!

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