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Old 11-02-2002, 10:26 PM   #1
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Exclamation Leaking Coolant Drain Plug (What am I missing!?!)

This afternoon I flushed the coolant system in my MY02 WRX. I followed the procedure outlined in the Subaru Service Manual (Vol. 1).
Everything is peachy when my engine is turned off. However, if I start up the engine, the drain plug begins to seep coolant. I have tightened it as much as I can, and it seems to not be able to tighten any more.

What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-03-2002, 01:03 PM   #2
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Perhaps there was a small washer or gasket that fell off that you didn't notice ....
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Old 11-03-2002, 02:46 PM   #3
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You'll have to remove the plug and reinstall it using some teflon tape to seal the threads.
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Old 11-03-2002, 06:15 PM   #4
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I know on my ATF reservoir, it was leaking at the drain plug, and I tried to tighten it as much as possible. I think maybe I overtightened it originally and it the gasket got messed up. I just went to the Subaru dealership and got a replacement metal gasket, installed it to the proper torque spec, and now it works perfectly. The guy at the dealership actually gave me the gasket for free. This shocked me, because they never give me anything for free. One time I got a bolt ther and it cost me like $3 or something. But, anyways, I would suggest getting a new gasket, it is cheap, and could possibly work.

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Old 11-03-2002, 08:56 PM   #5
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You'll have to remove the plug and reinstall it using some teflon tape to seal the threads.
Is there something I did wrong to make this happen? I think that may solve the problem - I am 99% sure there is no gasket or washer down there (it is a plastic plug on a plastic mount).

Well, what's a little more coolant on the floor while I tape the plug.
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Old 11-03-2002, 09:43 PM   #6
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I havn't had the opportunity to actually drain any coolent on my car, so need to ask a question.

Is it just a pipe plug, or is it a petcock type valve that you unscrew a few turns to drain and then screw back in to close?

If it is the latter it could be simply that by the luck of the draw as you were closeing it a small piece of grit or scale got caught in the orfice as you were closing it.

If that is the case, all you should need to do is open it up and let it run for a second and then retighten it. That should clear the debris that is keeping it from seating properly.

I've had this happen on other cars with a petcock drain in the radiator.

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Old 11-04-2002, 08:24 AM   #7
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Is it just a pipe plug, or is it a petcock type valve that you unscrew a few turns to drain and then screw back in to close?
It is the petcock type - after 2-3 turns it starts draining. I completely unscrewed mine, though.

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If it is the latter it could be simply that by the luck of the draw as you were closeing it a small piece of grit or scale got caught in the orfice as you were closing it.

If that is the case, all you should need to do is open it up and let it run for a second and then retighten it. That should clear the debris that is keeping it from seating properly.
I've tried that, but it still seems to drip. I might have some debris in the thread on the drain (not the screw).
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