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Cant locate my coolant drain plugs on the engine..anyone help me here?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bruce1271, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. Feb 23, 2010 at 5:39 PM
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    bruce1271

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    I looked in the service manual and it shows two of them, but I cant see them or feel them anywhere on the block. Anyone know their exact location?

    thanks
     
  2. Feb 23, 2010 at 5:44 PM
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    you should have a drain on the bottom of the radiator..
     
  3. Feb 23, 2010 at 5:44 PM
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    I couldn't find them either and didn't bother to drain the block. Most of the times if you drain the block you'll only end up getting an air bubble in the system and air lock the engine.
     
  4. Feb 23, 2010 at 5:45 PM
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    What engine?
     
  5. Feb 23, 2010 at 5:48 PM
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    air lock? hat the hell are you talking about? Please explain.I've never heard of this.
     
  6. Feb 23, 2010 at 5:49 PM
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    If its the 1GRFE, the drain is located near the bottom of radiator on driver's side. It does not look like a typical drain valve, its plastic and looks alot like the plastic push fasteners on places all over the truck.
     
  7. Feb 23, 2010 at 5:52 PM
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    Its when you get an air pocket in your cooling system that prevents the coolant from circulating at the correct volume, or at all. Common knowledge for anyone who wrenches.http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_get_an_air_lock_out_of_a_cooling_system


    According to the service manual there are three drains. 1 on the bottom of the rad and two (if memory serves) on the engine. Draining the rad only drains 1/2 the system.
     
  8. Feb 23, 2010 at 7:22 PM
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  9. Feb 23, 2010 at 7:37 PM
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    I think its a typo - I searched and searched and couldn't find them.
     
  10. Feb 23, 2010 at 7:45 PM
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    I wonder if they are behind the pulleys somewhere.
     
  11. Feb 23, 2010 at 8:52 PM
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    How often are you changing the coolant?
     
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    One is located on the engine block on the left side toward the front. Look where the left motor mount bolts and forward. The other is on the right side of the block toward the rear. May need to remove skid plate to see. Right and left are from the driver's seat. You will drain a lot of more coolant.

    Two and a half gallon capacity (about) will let you know how much you actually got out.
     
  13. Feb 24, 2010 at 6:00 AM
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    Ok, i was looking for them from the top. I guess they are on the bottom then? Thanks!

    And I am at 96K miles. Wanted to do it early before the Texas heat for the 6th time.
     
  14. Feb 24, 2010 at 6:16 AM
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    You're looking for the drains on the top?? Son,,, are you sure you should be doing this work? :D

    Just messing with you, I am known to have many brain farts and DAMs (Dumb Ass Moments) through the course of any day. :)

     
  15. Feb 24, 2010 at 6:19 AM
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    No, I was looking for the drains FROM the top. Not on the top. The picture in the service manual is deceiving. They should have used crayons and I would have understood it better. :rolleyes:
     
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    Got it, just sounded funny and I couldn't resist.
     
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    I want to drain the radiator in my 05 Tacoma Pre-runner

    Anything I should know or some tips before doing a drain and refill on the radiator?

    I know to use the pink Long Life Toyota Coolant

    After I refill the radiator how can I burp out any air?

    Can I just run the engine with the radiator cap off at idle to burp it?

    Should I also leave the coolant jug cap off when running the engine at idle to burp it?

    Thanks for any info...
     
  19. May 1, 2011 at 10:26 AM
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    The two engine block drains can be most easily accessed through the wheel wells. I was able to loosen them using 2 foot extensions.
     
  20. Jul 4, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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    Can someone post some photos of the two plugs on the engine block, I can't find.... ugh
     
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