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How to change a engine drain plug on a 1995 jeep wrangler my coolant is leeking out just behind the lower hose aprox. 3 inches. i believe it to be the drain plug and need to know if it is how to fix it.

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  • dartman340 Jul 07, 2010

    are you absolutely positive this is what is leaking and not the radiator itself

  • mlv3733 Jul 07, 2010

    yes it about 3 inches behind my lower hose on the engine. seems to be about the same level. I can not see it clearly but i can see that it is coming form there. is that where the drain plug is. and if so how do i go about fixing this?

  • mlv3733 Jul 07, 2010

    i have found my leeking coolant is coming out of the front freeze plug. maybe a little out of my skill set and price range this week. how bad would it be if i put a little liquid wield on it?

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On metal tank units just unscrew it. I generally replace them with an npt brass plumbing plug. drains often fail... the plug lasts forever. On plastic tanks some are molded in, if so cut it off with a hacksaw blade, thread it to npt plug thread and use plug. Wrap either with teflon tape before installing.
A faster way of draining is to remove lower hose at the radiator.
Never open the system when it's hot. National pipe thread plugs are tapered. Don't overtighten or they will split what they are being installed in.

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  • Richard Scordino Jul 07, 2010

    As per your second post, you are not looking for a drain plug, The drain plug is on the radiator. You will need to get a really good look at what is leaking and don't forget, coolant runs down, so the source is likely above where you think it is.

  • Richard Scordino Jul 07, 2010

    most times any "glue" solution won't work. But, the plug isn't that hard to replace as long as you can get to it. To remove it, hit it on one edge using a screw driver and hammer. It will turn sideways and you can pull it out. Most parts houses sell an expandable rubber replacement that works well as a repair, or, if you have a straight unobstructed shot at it, you can use a regular metal one and just drive it back in using a socket and hammer..

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If a freezeplug is leaking, it is usually rusting through, so JBWeld won't hold then either.

To get them out, I usually try drilling a hole in the middle, threading a bolt in it, and then pulling it out with a crow bar.
A sharp chisel will also allow you to cut through the soft steel.

But if you don't replace it with an expandable rubber style, and want to use an actual steel replacement, you can't just drive the new one in with a hammer and socket.
You need to use permatex sealer, and then after beging driven down to the right level, you must hit the center dome.
That expands the plug and sets it.
If you don't set it, it will come out later.

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