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'98 Ford Taurus 3.0 - radiator drain plug

 
Larry P
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      11-15-2003
HI all

I attepmted to drain the radiator on my Ford and cant find the drain plug,
Is there such an item on this car. If not whats the method for getting the
old anti-freeze out of the thing.

This is too weird.

THanks

Larry


 
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jim
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      11-16-2003
Larry P wrote:
>
> HI all
>
> I attepmted to drain the radiator on my Ford and cant find the drain plug,
> Is there such an item on this car. If not whats the method for getting the
> old anti-freeze out of the thing.
>
> This is too weird.
>
> THanks
>
> Larry

i have hear stories that some fords dont have drain plugs and you have
to remove the lower rad. hose to drain the radiator... but on our
96 contour you would never see the drain plug on the radiator if you did
not take the bottom plastic piece that goes along the bottom/front of
the car(think its a wind deflector).....i checked
www.advanceautoparts.com and ran a check for a radiator drain cock for a
1998 taurus and it listed two in the sheet.. if they never had any
listed it would indicate that you do not have any, but being as they
sell them you probably have a setup like my 96 contour....its hidden by
the plastic under the car....
hope this helps.
 
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IK
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      11-16-2003
And there should be a little tube connected to it and poking through that
plastic shield, to let you drain the radiator without removing the shield.

"jim" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> Larry P wrote:
> >
> > HI all
> >
> > I attepmted to drain the radiator on my Ford and cant find the drain

plug,
> > Is there such an item on this car. If not whats the method for getting

the
> > old anti-freeze out of the thing.
> >
> > This is too weird.
> >
> > THanks
> >
> > Larry

> i have hear stories that some fords dont have drain plugs and you have
> to remove the lower rad. hose to drain the radiator... but on our
> 96 contour you would never see the drain plug on the radiator if you did
> not take the bottom plastic piece that goes along the bottom/front of
> the car(think its a wind deflector).....i checked
> www.advanceautoparts.com and ran a check for a radiator drain cock for a
> 1998 taurus and it listed two in the sheet.. if they never had any
> listed it would indicate that you do not have any, but being as they
> sell them you probably have a setup like my 96 contour....its hidden by
> the plastic under the car....
> hope this helps.



 
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95SE
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      11-16-2003
"Larry P" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:<3Cwtb.177834$(E-Mail Removed)>.. .
> HI all
>
> I attepmted to drain the radiator on my Ford and cant find the drain plug,
> Is there such an item on this car. If not whats the method for getting the
> old anti-freeze out of the thing.
>
> This is too weird.
>
> THanks
>
> Larry


Hey Larry,

I've changed the anti-freeze on my 1999 Sable Wagon (should be exactly
like your Taurus). You have to remove the black plastic piece that
goes accross the bottom of the car to get to the drain plug. All you
need to do to take it off is remove a few screws. Once you get it
off, the drain is on the driver's side. Be carefull when you're
loosening the drain nut, as it is plastic and mine was very brittle
and half broke as I was removing it. If you need any more
information, just let me know.

Chris
95 Taurus SE
99 Sable Wagon LS
 
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jim
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      11-16-2003
IK wrote:
>
> And there should be a little tube connected to it and poking through that
> plastic shield, to let you drain the radiator without removing the shield.
>
> "jim" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> > Larry P wrote:
> > >
> > > HI all
> > >
> > > I attepmted to drain the radiator on my Ford and cant find the drain

> plug,
> > > Is there such an item on this car. If not whats the method for getting

> the
> > > old anti-freeze out of the thing.
> > >
> > > This is too weird.
> > >
> > > THanks
> > >
> > > Larry

> > i have hear stories that some fords dont have drain plugs and you have
> > to remove the lower rad. hose to drain the radiator... but on our
> > 96 contour you would never see the drain plug on the radiator if you did
> > not take the bottom plastic piece that goes along the bottom/front of
> > the car(think its a wind deflector).....i checked
> > www.advanceautoparts.com and ran a check for a radiator drain cock for a
> > 1998 taurus and it listed two in the sheet.. if they never had any
> > listed it would indicate that you do not have any, but being as they
> > sell them you probably have a setup like my 96 contour....its hidden by
> > the plastic under the car....
> > hope this helps.

not on my 96 contour.. after removing the shield you still have to go
back to the radiator about 6 inches with a large screwdriver and unscrew
the drain cock.....
 
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Mercury
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      11-16-2003
forget what everybody told you... if it is that hard to get to the drain
plug just use the lower radiator hose and install a normal hose clamp when
done

My (STOCK SPRING hose clamp) for my lower hose just went on my brand new
ford.. I installed a new hose clamp (screw type) on my own and had ford
fdlush the system

Ken
"Larry P" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:3Cwtb.177834$(E-Mail Removed)...
> HI all
>
> I attepmted to drain the radiator on my Ford and cant find the drain plug,
> Is there such an item on this car. If not whats the method for getting the
> old anti-freeze out of the thing.
>
> This is too weird.
>
> THanks
>
> Larry
>
>



 
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V.B. Mercon
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      11-17-2003
100% correct about thr driver side and that brittle plastic. Makes sense to
just replace it..


"95SE" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> "Larry P" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message

news:<3Cwtb.177834$(E-Mail Removed)>.. .
> > HI all
> >
> > I attepmted to drain the radiator on my Ford and cant find the drain

plug,
> > Is there such an item on this car. If not whats the method for getting

the
> > old anti-freeze out of the thing.
> >
> > This is too weird.
> >
> > THanks
> >
> > Larry

>
> Hey Larry,
>
> I've changed the anti-freeze on my 1999 Sable Wagon (should be exactly
> like your Taurus). You have to remove the black plastic piece that
> goes accross the bottom of the car to get to the drain plug. All you
> need to do to take it off is remove a few screws. Once you get it
> off, the drain is on the driver's side. Be carefull when you're
> loosening the drain nut, as it is plastic and mine was very brittle
> and half broke as I was removing it. If you need any more
> information, just let me know.
>
> Chris
> 95 Taurus SE
> 99 Sable Wagon LS



 
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