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So first off let me say I wished I knew about this forum before I tried to do a repair. Lesson learned.

I was replacing the lower and upper radiator hoses and tried messing with the drainplug. It has a nut shaped head with an Allen wrench opening - 10mm fits snug. I tried turning counter clockwise slowly expecting it to start draining but nothing. So, I kept turning a lot and nothing. Never could get anything to drain so I finally just pulled the lower hose. I changed the hoses and refilled the radiator and the plug is not leaking. I tried turning the plug clockwise and it seems to be holding. I wished I could knew about the forum before I did this but live and learn. I bought a replacement drain plug at O'Reilly's and it has the wingnut style end on it. The OEM plug at least looking at it from the outside of the radiator is not a wingnut style but a nut / allen wrench opening style.

I probably screwed up the drain plug because I turned WAY too many turns. Should I just watch the old drain plug and hope for no leaks or replace the plug? Also, from reading the other posts about the drain plug, it seems like you just pull it out and replace with the O'Reilly plug. What's the best way to proceed here? I could just replace the radiator for about $100 and not worry about it. Seems like I should first try pulling the old plug out and put the new one in. Thanks for any replies. Wished I had known about this forum before.
 

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first of all radiator drain plug needs no force to be turned. it take about 90 degrees of turn to be opened as far as I remember. Drain plug goes sideways beeing turned and opens drain channel. There's a drain tube under the plug.

I learned how it works on my new radiator. so i had a lot of time and place to find out how it works.
 

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