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06-03-2010, 12:38 PM #1
Radiator drain plug
Having owned a few cars, is the 92-99 Burb have one of the most aggravating spots for a radiator drain plug? My 91 was a piece of cake if I remember correctly?
I can see the former owner must have bent the metal back a little, but even then I can't get my hand in at the right angle to turn the plug.
I'm thinking about taking a grinder and cutting an access hole. Or is there some other easier way to get to the pitcock valve.
06-03-2010, 02:40 PM #2
06-03-2010, 03:17 PM #3
I gave up trying to get to those things. The 95 TBI wasn't too bad, just had to pull the charcoal canister. But forget it on 96 and up.
I have a new, better way. I use a piece of narrow tubing/hose, slide it in the radiator down past the trans cooler. Pull a little suction, drain it into a bucket. It's neater, quicker, easier.When you hear hoofbeats, look for horses not zebras.
06-04-2010, 12:00 AM #4
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I had to remove to fan shroud & loosen the bottom shroud to get to the choke valve. Had to use a pair of pliers to get to turn, but be careful not to damage it. They are prone to leaking.
04-03-2011, 04:21 PM #5
Should've read this thread before replacing my radiator. The drain valve on my 99 suburban is a joke to get to, and in fact the original valve was busted. Like the idea of suctioning it out. I ended up cutting the lower radiator hose since I was replacing anyways, but it was messy.Current Rides: |99 Chevy Suburban- the family truckster |93 Lincoln Town Car- 250K miles & still churning -now a fan of the Panther platform
Former GM cars: |78 Suburban 454 |71 Buick Electra 225 (deuce & a quarter) |75 Monte Carlo- 400SB- heaviest doors GM every made |70 Impala coupe- my 1st car
04-04-2011, 10:56 AM #6
I decided to replace my lower radiator hose, and drained it that way too. Aggravating.
04-04-2011, 11:51 AM #7
The shop vac worked like a champ. I just got a long rubber hose that reached the bottom of the radiator, taped it to the "crevice attachment" and let her rip.
No muss no fuss.
05-05-2011, 03:20 PM #8
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Getting to and using the drain plug is ridiculous (driver's side/inside of radiator). I went ahead and removed the lower radiator hose. It make a mess, but would have with the plug anyway. For both I had to remove fan shrouds.
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