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Hi in my experience your better off removing a lower radiator hose at its lower point to drain the cooling system as radiator drain taps are often made of plastic and snap off when you try to undo them ,giving you a bigger problem of how to fix a dripping snapped off tap
The drain plugs were eliminated soon after can manufacturers changed from metal to plastic radiators. You'll need to loosen the clamp on the lower radiator hose and then remove the hose in order to drain the coolant. Be careful not to break the hose mount when doing this, or you'll need to replace the entire radiator. If the hose shows any wear or signs of fatigue, you'll be better off cutting it length-wise and peeling it off, and then installing a new lower hose.
There is drain plug on the drivers side of the radiator at the bottom, but the safest way is to just remove the lower radiator hose on the passenger side to drain the radiator. The drain plug is plastic and it may crack due to time and heat and you'll have to buy a replacement radiator drain plug, for this reason most newer radiator don't come with a drain plug and if you want one you'll have to install the drain plug kit. If your radiator doesn't have a drain plug then you have the newer radiators install already as the older radiators we still being installed until they were all gone and the new ones were installed.
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The radiator drain is going to be on the driver's side along the bottom of the radiator. Best is to remove the lower radiator hose to drain the coolant. Common for the plastic drain plug to break when trying to remove causing you more work and to go out and locate a replacement drain plug. That's why 99% of garages will drain the coolant from the lower radiator hose.
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It's located on the drivers side of the radiator opposite of the lower radiator hose. Note: you may be better off disconnecting the lower radiator hose, it's common for the drain plug to break or the O-rings to split causing more work to drain the radiator. That's why most tech's will drain the radiator from the lower radiator hose, less chance of breaking the radiator drain plug and most new cars now don't come with a drain plug to the radiator.
There common to break off, you can pick up the replacement drain plug at NAPA and buy a stud retracter to remove the drain plug. if the plug is not leaking, Leave it alone and to drain the radiator, just disconnect the lower radiator hose on the opposite side of the radiator.
Good luck and hope this helps you on your project.
The drain plug is on the drivers side of the radiator at the bottom. It's a plastic drain plug with an O ring, so make sure you lube the O rings before you re-install it so it will not break. I find it easier to just remove the bottom radiator hose on the passenger side the drain the radiator, and with the car being almost 10 years old, you may just want to replace the radiator hoses just to be safe. Good luck and keep me posted, be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Drain plug should be on the drivers side of the radiator, lower back (towards the engine) When placing the drain plug on place use some oil on the O ring to ensure a good seal when tightening it back in place. Good luck and keep me posted.
Most of the times when these valves break they are pretty easy to get out by simply turn it with a FLAT screw driver that skinny enough to fit inside that hole. However if this is DOES NOT work a cheaper alternative is to get some JB weld or EPOXY and seal that hole shut completely there is on specifically for radiator that can with stand pressure and heat. It comes ina stick for that you have to kneed together available at AUTO ZONE. Knead together and it become warm to the touch its like play dough in texture but it dries rock hard and can be sanded even painted after it dries. To apply make sure surface is clean and dry it will dry in 15 minutes(ROCK HARD) good product. Don't worry if you sealed the drain plug up you can still drain your radiator in the future but releasing the lower radiator hose. Good luck and thanks for using FIX YA