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How to drain coolant - 2002 RR P38

Discussion in 'Range Rover' started by mrray, Apr 1, 2019.

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    mrray New Member

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    I'm new to the LR universe, having recently purchased a 2002 P38 fixer-upper. At the moment I'm attempting to drain the old coolant, but discovered that the replacement radiator, which has plastic headers, has no drain plug in the bottom. Any suggestions on alternative approach?
     
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    Afternoon buddy, at the very bottom of the rad underneath there is a plug in the centre of it. Pop it open and bobs your aunty!!;)
     
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    Should be like this for Thor engine.

    radiator.jpg
     
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    Thanks for the reply, Mark. Were it only that simple, but the replacement radiator, at the very bottom, has a hex nut shape in the plastic molding which doesn't appear to be removable. I've been fooled before, but I'm not quite ready to put a wrench on it just yet. I'm hoping there's a simple alternative. (BTW I'm a yank living in Florida, and have never before heard the term "bobs your aunty", but now I'll remember it.)
     
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    Does the center of the plastic hex nut have a groove in it like the pic? Also is the Hex nut in the center of the rad as per the pic in the link. If it is, then that is the drain plug? Also get a copy of RAVE, search this forum, it will show you what you need to know.


    This PIC shows you the location of the drain plug.

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    Thanks for all the info. I took a closer look and it does appear to be a real plug, but with an Allen wrench socket instead of a slot. However, it's still plastic and I managed to round off the corners, so I'm going to try disconnecting the supply hose to he heater, catching what is pumped out.
     
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    Just unplug the bottom hose and drain it from there ;) There will still be some left in the head. If rad comes out remember to do marble test while you have it there
     
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