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I need to drain the antifreeze from the (1998 Ford wIndstar 3.8) engine block so I can remove and replace the intake manifold gasket.

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  • sjvis Jan 10, 2009

    Thanks. I am sure that pulling the lower radiator hose will be easier than the drain plug. I wasn't sure if I even needed to drain the block rather than the radiator. You have been a great help.

    Sandy Vis

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    the intake manifold needs to come off so i can remove the motor I remove the bolts along the fuel rail. are there any more or does it just pop off

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    need to remove cross over for therosate

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Not 100% sure but if you look up under exhaust manifold area, on block,is usually a common place. Simple hex head plug into block on most. Are you sure just pulling lower rad hose, and thermostat housing off won't get you where you need to be?

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SOURCE: locate engine block antifreeze drain plug

well you dont actully have to drain the the block its self. There should be a drain on the radiator on either the right or left bottom side of the radiator.

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SOURCE: locate engine block antifreeze drain plug

There is a 3/8" square head plug above the starter. This drains the left bank of the block and can be replaced with a 1/4" pipe valve.
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How to fix oil leaks in chevy ss impala 1996



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1. Removal

Unscrew the bolt that holds the negative connection to the Impala's battery. Set this bolt aside for later use.

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Twist off the radiator cap to allow draining of the coolant to flow more smoothly. Place an empty container beneath the radiator's drain plug, and remove this plug. Allow all of the engine coolant to drain into the empty container. Replace the drain plug once you are finished.

Tag all of the electrical wiring and hoses before removing so that reconnection is precise to factory settings. Remove these parts, individually, from the intake manifold.

Loosen the bolts that hold the intake manifold to the Impala's engine block. Lift the intake manifold from the block once all bolts have been completely removed.

Use the flat-head screwdriver to pry the old intake manifold gasket from the engine block. Discard this part once you have removed it.

Clean the engine block thoroughly with the engine degreaser and linen cloth. If necessary, use a gasket scraper to remove excess buildup and grime.

2. Installation

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Change head gasket on 65 mustang 200


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My 98 ford windstar is displaying trouble codes p1537/p1538, along with a misfire on cylinder 1 & 2 (p0301/p0302). what are some problems that can cause this problem?


Codes p1537 and p 1538 are codes for a faulty IMRC valve. They are located on the lower intake manifold.

Intake Manifold Runner Control (IMRC), Vacuum Control
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  1. Remove adjustment screw from the vacuum control (9S514) and bracket.
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  1. Disconnect linkage from the lever/shaft assembly and remove vacuum control .
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    Intake Manifold Runner Control (IMRC)


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As for the misfire codes, Check out the upper and lower intake gaskets. Since you have to take the upper intake off for the imrc valves its just a few more bolts to remove the lower intake. The intake gaskets are rubber seals. When the engine is cold the seals shrink and causes a misfire. when the engine warms up the seals expand and the misfire goes away.

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Just pulled the intake manifold on my BBC and found antifreeze in all of the closed intake valves, what caused that??


Not sure what engine you are speaking of, (other than BBC) but if you did not drain your cooling system before removing the intake manifold, any coolant in the manifold distribution channels would pour out through the easiest path once the gasket seal was broken.

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More likely the head gasket--there is no coolant in the intake manifold. This is a big job. I did one recently and it took almost 2 days to replace both head gaskets.

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Sir, My ford windstar 1998 give me the code P0174,sytem too lean(bank2), can you tell me what the problem is , it gives a heavy white smoke when i start the engine . just put a new cylinder head gasket...


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Car stalls and dies, will stay running if keep foot on gas pedal, it was ok until upper intake removed to replace spark plugs. i have installed new plug wires also, new upper intake gaskets, new iac valve....


sounds like a vacuum leak at the manifold. spray wd40 or simillar around manifold to check for leaks. if you find a leak, engine will flare up.

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Locate engine block antifreeze drain plug


There is a 3/8" square head plug above the starter. This drains the left bank of the block and can be replaced with a 1/4" pipe valve.
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Jan 10, 2009 | 1998 Ford Windstar

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Locate engine block antifreeze drain plug


well you dont actully have to drain the the block its self. There should be a drain on the radiator on either the right or left bottom side of the radiator.

Jan 10, 2009 | 1998 Ford Windstar

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