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Old 09-26-2008, 10:02 PM   #1
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Default radiator drain valve

I have a 2002 SC1 and want to change the antifreeze( 1- @ 96000km do I need to and (2 if I do, how do you loosen the drain plug as it is a weird one. Thanks

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Old 09-26-2008, 10:45 PM   #2
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1/4" drive rachet with a short extension works wonders... . Turns about 90 degrees and pulls out. I always keep a spare (about $4.50 at the dealer) since I usually round out the square hole on it.

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Old 09-27-2008, 10:16 AM   #3
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1/4" drive rachet with a short extension works wonders... . Turns about 90 degrees and pulls out. I always keep a spare (about $4.50 at the dealer) since I usually round out the square hole on it.
I take it you must be using a socket like this.


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Old 09-27-2008, 10:49 PM   #4
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I had a hard time figuring it out also. Thought I would break the plastic on mine. The o-ring stuck and finally broke loose. I epoxied a piece of metal to the part you grip which gave me more leverage without tools. Worked like a charm. Now I have a new radiator and my modified drain cock went to the scrap heap. Lefty loosey.

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Old 09-28-2008, 10:58 AM   #5
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I take it you must be using a socket like this.

why would he be? The drain plugs on saturns I've seen have a square hole in the middle that are a perfect fit to a 1/4" ratchet...

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Old 09-28-2008, 10:59 AM   #6
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The drain plug on my original 98 radiator has a little flat oval handle on it that the wrench on the right would fit just fine.

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Old 09-28-2008, 11:43 AM   #7
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why would he be? The drain plugs on saturns I've seen have a square hole in the middle that are a perfect fit to a 1/4" ratchet...
I have four OEM radiators and one aftermarket outside. No square hole.










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hmmm, mine looks just like #2..

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Old 09-28-2008, 12:01 PM   #9
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hmmm, mine looks just like #2..
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Old 09-28-2008, 05:20 PM   #10
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My '01 SC2 had a drain plug with a square hole that you put a 1/4" ratchet into. I'd never seen one before that, so I was confused at first. All of the others I've seen were like the ones posted above.

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Old 09-28-2008, 09:57 PM   #11
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Both my original and the ReadyRad replacement had/have the 1/4" square hole plug. No "wings" at all. I wish the present one had a plug like the ones shown above.

However, I happen to have a 1/4" square drive "L" shaped wrench left over from an Ikea build. Works like a charm. I honestly hadn't thought of using a 1/4" drive ratchet because I have the wrench and didn't even stop to consider anything else....

Great idea though. Perhaps I'll try the ratchet next time because space it tight where it is located (on mine anyway).

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Old 09-29-2008, 12:00 AM   #12
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Just a thought, when I'm at a pull your own junk yard I look for the old style drain valve, and keep a couple on hand for my newer Saturns. They usually don't even charge me for the plug.

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