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Drain radiator coolant on 1991 ford escort

I have transsmision fluid getting in my rad because the cooling console in the bottom going to the transsmision is cracked i need to replace the rad but i cannot find the drain plug everything is pact compact and tight that i cant find it

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If you are at the front of the car at the radiator look down to your right and all the way at the bottom there is a thing that sticks out about three incheses..That is the drain. You may be able to twist the little thing that looks like a nut with the end of your finger. Yet if not a pair of regular pliers will do it. Make sure you have a tub or soething up under it to catch the fluid. If you have to dump the fluid into something else it should be easy to close off the drain by twisting the nut looking thing back down. I am having to replace my radiator right now and I had to learn the hard way. Good Luck.

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Looking under hood drain petcock will be on bottom right side
best bet to get to it is to unbolt plastic under car and access it from there

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Its a plug on the bottom left or right of the radiator I believe, if you still can't find it let me know..try googling "location radiator drain plug escort"

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