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Old 23-03-18, 11:56 PM   #1
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Default New Radiator missing bottom drain plug ??

Hi, I've just bought a new radiator from gsf 40
(and the code imprinted into the plastic shows its the same as the old radiator)



but !

There's no plastic twist drain plug at the bottom...it has been blanked off !




and where the temp sensor is, is a warning ...do not flipping remove !



Has anyone else come across this?
and what do they do to drain the coolant...pipe off?


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Old 24-03-18, 10:05 AM   #2
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ahh, it's all ok..

I'll take the old one off, and have a good look around.

I think? the citreon version doesn't have one
altho it is strange it has the same code...
must have been a design enhancement !

the bleed point was great ...just twist and go

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Old 24-03-18, 02:01 PM   #3
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Just remove that blanking plug and fit the temp sensor. I've seen this all the time.That rad will probably be listed for various Peugeot/Citroen models across the range.
Most rads these days do not have drain plugs.(one less item to leak). If you ever need to drain the coolant just remove the bottom hose.
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Many thanks
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Old 26-03-18, 01:13 AM   #5
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Just goes to show ya...

I was thinking ...why the heck did they get rid of that great twist and go drain plug..

when replacing the radiator today
for the first time ever the plastic drain screw on the old radiator just went round and round....it didn't open and let the coolant out !!

anywho...all's good

It's nowhere as bad as Haynes makes out !
pretty easy peasy tbh...



A tip
...to get the hoses off easily , just use a heat gun to warm the pipes and they come off real easy.

oh, another tip... the clamps don't have to be squeezed in and put in place in one go.
squeeze them enough to fit over the plastic pipe of the radiator
(this will reduce their distance of the two "prongs" of the clip)
making it a lot easier to put on with some pliers etc. (at the beginning the "prongs" are too far apart for plyers to work.
tbh, I just used my hands and some rags to squeeze them at the beginning

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oh, another tip... the clamps don't have to be squeezed in and put in place in one go.
squeeze them enough to fit over the plastic pipe of the radiator
(this will reduce their distance of the two "prongs" of the clip)
making it a lot easier to put on with some pliers etc. (at the beginning the "prongs" are too far apart for plyers to work.
tbh, I just used my hands and some rags to squeeze them at the beginning
I really HATE those clips... I always bin them and use a decent quality hose clamp which uses the worm gear system. Much easier to remove and replace in awkward areas.
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hate those clips too,,but if i have to use them i normally use a pair of plumbers grips or vice grips to get them onto the pipe which open much wider than normal pliers,,then as ianmcl says you can revert to normal pliers once the gap in the lugs gets smaller..
dont fancy the using the hands method especially on a cold day
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hate those clips too,,but if i have to use them i normally use a pair of plumbers grips or vice grips to get them onto the pipe which open much wider than normal pliers,,then as ianmcl says you can revert to normal pliers once the gap in the lugs gets smaller..
ever tried getting any sort of pliers under/behind the head of a 407 2.0 HDi to get the clip off to change small pipe between thermostat and rear of engine?
Think I invented a whole host of new profanities while trying to do this recently.
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ever tried getting any sort of pliers under/behind the head of a 407 2.0 HDi to get the clip off to change small pipe between thermostat and rear of engine?
Think I invented a whole host of new profanities while trying to do this recently.
lol
I was just thinking ...
I wonder if cable ties , tied tighter each one ,
would work to compress the clips ?

All seems good, so far ....

lucky I did it when I did, as the old one's wall was wafer thin
and a hairline crack of 4mm,
which was ready to open ...
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ever tried getting any sort of pliers under/behind the head of a 407 2.0 HDi to get the clip off to change small pipe between thermostat and rear of engine?
Think I invented a whole host of new profanities while trying to do this recently.
not on a 407 but have tried on the back of a 307 2.0 110 and that was bad enough
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