Last post on Jun 30, 2008 at 2:10 PM
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Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager, Van
#8 of 12 Drain cock leaking
Nov 19, 2007 (2:16 pm)
I drained my radiator on my 95 caravan and then refilled it. Now the drain cock leaks. Can it be replaced and if so how?
#9 of 12 Replacement drain cock is about 5 bucks.
Nov 26, 2007 (9:53 am)
#10 of 12 Re: Replacement drain cock is about 5 bucks. [vcheng]
Nov 28, 2007 (6:31 pm)
How do you replace it? Does the old one twist out and then you just screw in a new one?
#11 of 12 If you buy ..
Dec 03, 2007 (6:27 am)
.. the new one first, the following will make more sense since you can see better what I describe.
You are right, it is twist and then pull, only you have to twist the right amount, no more and no less, and then pull. Having a new one to compare will give you a better idea of how much to twist.
Also, when pulling, be careful as the neck where the part install may crack if you pull too much or at an angle. A little oil or grease will help install the new one without too much force, and also prevent the o-ring from being cut during installation. The new one will first be pushed in, and then part twisted to seat fully. Do NOT overtwist or you will have a new leak and spend 5 more bucks.
#12 of 12 Re: Radiator Draincock [shipo]
Jun 30, 2008 (2:10 pm)
I have a 2000 Dodge Caravan. The draincock was very difficult to open but opens in the counter clockwise direction. (closed is horizontal). I used a small crescent wrench. After I changed the antifreeze, the draincock leaked. Thanks to this forum I figured out I was not alone. I took the advice given here of buying a draincock (about $6) and this helped me understand how to get the old one out. It is not 1/4 turn and pull, but instead just shy of 1/2 turn and then wiggle. It will come out. I would say it is about 160 degrees out of 180 degrees, with 180 degrees being a 1/2 turn. If you turn it more than 1/2 turn, it will damage the draincock. The o-ring in mine was broken. After removing the draincock, I pulled out a few pieces of broken o-ring out of the housing, lightly lubricated the new draincock with silicone lubricant, and it went back in just fine with some wiggling. I agree with shade tree mechanic, just pulling the bottom hose is much less hassle.