Question about 1985 Ford Ranger
It's not really a hard job but it is picky. It also depends where it is, you need room to swing a hammer. Place a punch on one spot on the outside edge of the freeze plug and hit with your hammer. A punch is preferrable but a cold chisel could be used. The goal here is to spin the freeze plug in its hole so you can grab it with some Vice-Grips and pull it out.You need to be careful that the plug does not fall into the engine. If it does then it can seriously block the water jackets and lead to poor cooling or overheating. Once you have it out then clean the edges of the hole with some emery cloth wrapped around a screwdriver. Get all the scale or rust cleaned off but don't make the hole bigger.Freeze plugs stat in with friction, a tight fit. You can use a small "chainsaw file" if there is some hard scale that doesn't want to come out but be careful not to take metal out with it.
Now you have 2 choices. You can either replace the plug with another one or you could install a block heater.The block heater is the easiest but costs more ( about $30). It simply pops into the hole and you tighten a screw. The new freeze plug needs to go in similar to how you took the old one out. Place it against the hole and tap the edges of it to work it into the hole. It has to mount flush with the block so keep tapping until it is. It may go easier if you use a socket as a block to hit with the hammer but make sure it is kept close to the edge of the new plug. Keeping it centered on the plug can bow the plug so it doesn't seal properly.
Once you have it re-installed fill the engine and check it for leaks. Hope this helps.
Posted on May 21, 2011
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