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Old May 8th, 2006, 01:10 PM
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Brass Radiator Plug

Well, i fell victim to advertising and bought one of the brass radiator plugs thinking my plastic plug was going to melt any day now. So i put it in ran the truck for a little while and watched as the fluid raced out of the radiator. The O-ring that is supplied doesnt seem to fit ontop of the radiator, it just expands and folds over the edge. So i took the o-ring off and tried it again, same things, i put some tape on the threads, no luck....
Has anyone got one of these fancy plugs, and does yours leak?
Thanks for the help
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Old May 8th, 2006, 01:28 PM
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I've got one that works fine.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 01:45 PM
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Well, i fell victim to advertising and bought one of the brass radiator plugs thinking my plastic plug was going to melt any day now. So i put it in ran the truck for a little while and watched as the fluid raced out of the radiator. The O-ring that is supplied doesnt seem to fit ontop of the radiator, it just expands and folds over the edge. So i took the o-ring off and tried it again, same things, i put some tape on the threads, no luck....
Has anyone got one of these fancy plugs, and does yours leak?
Thanks for the help
Kris,

I have the same problem. Got the brass plug from BP and it leaks. I've tried teflon tape and same problem.

Maybe we got a bad batch of plugs.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 02:00 PM
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Sounds like there are 2 plugs out there.

I have the Maxi-drive version they sell @ EE. Works fine and I have never had one issue with it.

Sounds like the BP one has issues?

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Old May 8th, 2006, 02:14 PM
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I had that plug blow out while waiting in line to cross the border from Mex. back into Ca. Had to push the truck at walking speed in traffic for 3 hours, no where to go or get out of the way. Had 4 mexicans come over to help and pushed all the way until we were about 50 feet from the crossing. They were scared to get any closer. Then the border guards helped push it through where another nice group of mexicans asked if I had a tow strap and dragged me down the road to Pep Boys in Calaixico. The top of the stupid plastic plug blew off leaving the threads in the hole. Unscrewed that with a flat head screw driver and took that peice inside, found a differential plug that came in a 2 pack for $4. They didn't have another replacement. Wrapped it in teflon tape, screwed it in, filled with coolant and it's been there ever since. I keep the extra one for whomever loses thiers next.


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Old May 8th, 2006, 02:59 PM
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I dont know who made mine, but I ordered it from DAP. At least I know im not going crazy.
Anyone know of a fix for this? I even bought a smaller o-ring, but it is still too large for the lip of the radiator.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 03:42 PM
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i purchased the plugs from dap and my o-ring did the samething. i screwed the pulg down and tucked the oring back under the plug as i turned. got it as far as it would go with out mashing the oring out.has not leaked yet-knock on wood
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Old May 8th, 2006, 03:51 PM
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I tried that method too, maybe i just dont have enough finese. Ill try that again and see how it works. Thanks for the help
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Huh. I have the EE ones and they are great. I broke a plastic one already. THey suck..
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Old May 8th, 2006, 05:15 PM
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I got one at Napa, try a brass washer instead of the O ring.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 05:41 PM
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The trick is to cinch it down tight, but not so tight the o-ring squeezes out. I have 'em on my DI and D-90 without a problem.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 08:17 PM
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EE. works fine
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Old May 8th, 2006, 10:52 PM
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Thanks for the replies!! Ill give it a shot
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Old May 10th, 2006, 01:47 AM
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EE worked on mine!
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Old May 10th, 2006, 09:20 AM
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i guess that why ee is is $20 and dap is $15
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Old May 10th, 2006, 09:55 AM
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I guess I'll have to order a few from the UK, looks like they cost under $10 in the uk.
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beacause you have to pay for thier expensive habits (EE)
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Perhaps it's time for a UK group buy. I'm in for two. Anyone check with George first?
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Old May 11th, 2006, 11:35 AM
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Why not group buy from Maxi-Drive. Last I check he charges $7, but that may have gone up.
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