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To replace the rear freeze plugs, am i gonna have to pull the whole engine out?

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Unfortunately that would be the best way to do it. It 's very difficult to get to them with the motor in the car. If you can knock out the old ones, you might have luck using the expandable rubber freeze plugs, instead of having to try to pound in steel ones.

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