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Old 09-17-2012, 09:57 AM   #1
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Leaking Radiator Drain

I have a 2008 Fleetwood Terra XL with the Workhorse chassis and the 8.2 engine. I reciently had the coolant changed and discovered after being parked for two months it had lost 1 1/2 gallons of coolant. The loss came from a small leak in the radiator drain on the lower driver's side. It's plastic with a square tab like part protruding rather than a hex or square head. It has a small drain tube attached. I'm guessing a bad o ring but I'm not sure if I should twist or pull this tab. If it requires a twist which way is open and which is closed? I'm tempted to just plug the drain tube and forget it but any advice would be great.

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Old 09-17-2012, 10:04 AM   #2
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Sounds to me that who ever changed the radiator fluid did not tighten the drain plug enough. Tighten it about 1/4 turn and watch it for about 3 minutes to see if it is still dripping, if so tighten it another 1/4 turn and so on.
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I'd guess based of many other radiators having plastic drains...it screws in and out..and has right hand threads. I have never seen a push/pull drain on a radiator.

Don't just plug the hose and expect it to hold. Murphy's Law will dictate that attempt at a repair will fail at the most inopportune time.
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