'98 Ford Taurus 3.0 - radiator drain plug

Discussion in 'Taurus' started by Larry P, Nov 15, 2003.

  1. Larry P

    Larry P Guest

    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.


    Larry P, Nov 15, 2003
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  2. Larry P

    jim Guest

    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.
    jim, Nov 16, 2003
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  3. Larry P

    IK Guest

    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.
    IK, Nov 16, 2003
  4. Larry P

    95SE Guest

    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.

    95 Taurus SE
    99 Sable Wagon LS
    95SE, Nov 16, 2003
  5. Larry P

    jim Guest

    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.....
    jim, Nov 16, 2003
  6. Larry P

    Mercury Guest

    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

    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

    Mercury, Nov 16, 2003
  7. Larry P

    V.B. Mercon Guest

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