after redoing my waterpump pressure appears to have increased and now I
notice that I've got a little leak out of one of my freeze plugs just below
the exhaust manifold. Dealer didn't want to believe it saying theyve never
come across this before and insisted at first that it's a head gasket leak.
Well, I hope I'm lucky since it is indeed the freeze plug. How to remove this
do I just hammer in a big screwdriver and twist it out?? or might there be
threads for screwing in a heating element. The car is a 1989 300e. any
help much appreciated. If it just pops out with a screwdriver, I imagine it
the plug will also need some kind of sealer... silicon rubber OK?
Is the cylinder head aluminum or cast iron? (Pray that it's cast iron.)
Core plugs, a/k/a freeze out plugs, are pressed into their cavity.
I suggest you be very cautious and circumspect about this job for it
will be difficult in any instance and the only reward is to cure a very
small coolant leak that's NOT going to "blow out" catastrophically
anytime soon. I would first understand exactly what's involved in
installing the replacement plug before even touching the leaking one. It
may be better to add some "stop leak" to the cooling system and just
I wish I could be this optimistic. One nice afternoon, driving a
13-year old car between Denton and Dallas, TX, I had a core plug let go
with no warning.
I think the question the car owner needs to ask himself is, "Do I feel
BTW, the reliability of replacement core plugs should be as good as the
originals, if done properly. Instead of being pressed into place, they
are expanded by flattening a dome.
lip (without harming the block) until you manage to bend it inwards a
bit, relieving some pressure. Then, tap on the bottom of the plug
closer to where you bent the lip so the plug rotates: the side you are
tapping should go in a bit. The side that is being raised, you can then
grab it (vice grips/whatever) and yank it out. Clean the hole on the
block, inspect the inside, then put a new plug in place. BTW, I only
use brass plugs instead of factory ones. I am that crazy. In any case,
you need to find a socket/pipe that would fit inside the new plug almost
snug (if it is truly snug it can become very exciting quickly). You will
tap the socket to press the new plug into place.
It is not hard but you need room around the plug
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