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1997 Dodge Dakota Radiator drain plug

Any thoughts on what I need to do to flush my radiator/coolant? I turned the plastic drain plug, and it only went 1/2 a turn and stopped. No fluid draining. With my Channel Locks, I turned and pulled on it, and got it 1/2 inch out, but still no fluid draining?

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  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    Hey Thx. Guru...I wonder if it is clogged....So the plug isn't supposed to come out completly, huh? Seems like the last time I flushed it something like this came up, and I just ended up flushing by taking the bottom hose off.

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,m ake sure the radiator cap is off,oh or the radiator is clogged, remove lower radiator hose]and flush with garden hose

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