Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Today after draining my coolant the pet would not tighten. I messed around with it for a while and finally got it pulled out. The threads were bunged up and would not start. I fixed that issue and attempted to re-install. It seemed the plastic piece on the radiator was turning in the hole as well, not letting the plug get tight. While attempting to remove the plastic piece it fell back into the radiator. I fished around for it and finally was able to snag it, but short of a miracle I don't see how to get it back out with out breaking it into smaller pieces and losing them in the radiator as well. Would that piece be OK just left alone in there? In looking at the coolant flow, it enters the rad on that same side from above and flows through the radiator to the water pump and engine. Unless the coolant passages in the radiator are massive, I don't see how it could pass through there and get to the water pump or anything else for that matter. Has this happened to anyone else? Should I keep trying to get it out?