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#1 Old 04-05-2007, 03:43 AM
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Block drain plugs for coolant?

Anyone have pics of where I'd puke around on removing my engine block drain plugs for my coolant? I need to drain my radiator/engine of coolant to remove my water pump, correct? If so, I need to find the plugs. I been using alldatadiy.com and looked under my truck - I cannot find it/them :-(
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when i did mine i only took off the drain plug on the radiator. its at the bottom of the radiator driver side.

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There on both sides of the lower block, not real good directions I know. If you do find them, good luck gettting them out. They most likely be stuck real well. And there's not much room to get enough leverage to break them free.

You can use the drain plug on the radiator or pull off the bottom hose.

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So if I change out my water pump just drain the radiator? I should be fine? Will do! Thanks guys.
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Don't pull the drain plugs yet!

Are you sure that you need to pull the drain plugs just to replace your water pump? Dude, I think you can just pull off the lower radiator hose and let the fluid drain into a pan - a large pan. Then you can start tearing things down to get to the water pump.

My water pump bearings went out last November and I had to replace the pump. A bit of a pain, but I didn't have to pull the drain plugs from the engine block to do it.
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Ahh that's what alldatadiy.com suggested... I'll just try it your guys way and see how we work out!
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According to Alldatapro.com, there are actually block drain plugs,it looks like a hex headed bolt, I, imo, believe most of you are referring to the freeze plugs. Which I was thinking of to begin with. According to Alldatapro.com, (to the best of my interpretations) the block drain plug is located on the driver side of the engine, straight below the spark plug for cylinder 3. The freeze plug, seems to be located straight below cylinder number 1, and also another one, between 3 and 5. Maybe this helps, maybe you've already done it. Anyway, hope it was of interest.

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Nope, I was talking about the block drain plugs. There's one on each side. Very hard to break loose because of the location and access to the location. At least I had a hard time doing it.

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Mods - New nerf bars to replace the rotted out running boards. Factory brushguard, used to be the same color as the truck, I took it off and painted it black.

Hughes plenum pan. Done!
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[QUOTE=mpm32]Nope, I was talking about the block drain plugs. QUOTE]

I knew that you weren't talking about the freeze plugs, but it sounded like some of the other people were. I was thinking freeze plugs, untill I looked into it a little deeper. Get everything done alright?

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-Highflow Water pump
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I haven't started any of the processes to fix the water pump. I have all the gaskets, parts, etc... Just not in a rush to fix it. It's a little intimidating ya know?

I'll crack the b!tch open tomorrow and get it done! Muahhahaha!
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