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96 4.0 XJ - newb question... engine block drain plug


 
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duretteski
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Joined: 19 May 2006

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 3:27 pm    Post subject: 96 4.0 XJ - newb question... engine block drain plug Reply with quote

pretty sure I found it on the lower driver's side of the engine block. Just wondering what type and size wratchet piece to buy to unscrew it. Also wanted to know if it was reverse thread, aka which way to turn it.

My engine overheats on the highway and i need to blast the heat to make it home. If the heat works great it cant be the water pump correct? There is no internal or external leakage. I've got a hunch that it is my radiator but I figured I would change the radiator cap and thermostat before I bought a new radiator. Does the stock radiator generally have a life? My budget doenst allow for a full coolant system upgrade but any reccomendations for the best radiator under 140?

any help is appreciated. thanks
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nblanton
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Joined: 02 Jun 2006

PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know the feeling. I had the same problem the first time I tried to change the coolant in my friends '01 XJ 4.0L. It's a 5/16 square drive. You can buy one from Snap-on or MAC, or do like I did, and grind off two sides of a cheap 3/8 drive extension with a Dremel. Once you have it, it will work forever. Remember to put some teflon tape on it when you put it back in.
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Renegadestang
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Joined: 07 May 2005
Location: Marietta, GA

PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got myself a 3-row radiator with metal tanks (as opposed to the stock 2-row with plastic tanks) from Radiator.com. I think it was around $150 and has a warranty (can't remember how long). I haven't installed mine yet but will be soon.
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Titan4u2c
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Joined: 03 Dec 2005
Location: Clayton, NC

PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bro, bite the bullet and get the HD 3 row metal now. By the time you just swap out fluids and run into another issue with the current rad you will be behind. Throw the HD in and be done with it. Like stang said under $150 and you are good to go. Got mine from Extreme radiator off e-bay but heard .com was good too and I think the warranty was a year stang, not sure. And remember to use a good coolant like the zerex. I heard bad about prestone but have it in mine currently so I dunno. I used the 50/50 mix and just filled it up and have had no problems here in NC with hot or cold weather in the last year. Also swapped out the hoses, mounting screws, waterpump and thermostat but understand you are on a budget. Just food for thought as you go, think about these items as well. Good luck.
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