How hard is it to change a freeze plug?
Replacing freeze plugs is not hard, but getting to them can be really tough with the engine in the vehicle. If you can’t get the plug replaced in the car, then you may need to visit your local NAPA AutoCare Center for assistance.
Where is the freeze plug located?
Replacing the Freeze Plugs The first thing to know is that the freeze plugs are located on the front, back, and sides of the engine. The front and side freeze plugs are accessible, but the rear freeze plugs are not. The transmission needs to be removed if you’re unlucky enough to have one of those leaking.
Can core plugs be reinstalled after they have been removed?
Core plugs can be reinstalled after they have been removed. If non-roller lifters will be used again, what caution is necessary? Technician A say that an automatic transmission heat exchanger is often located within the radiator.
How hard is it to replace freeze plugs?
Can you drive with a bad freeze plug?
If you have no other option, you may be able to drive with a bad freeze plug. As long as you keep your engine coolant full and your engine never gets hot, you could limp your car along with a leaking freeze plug although we never recommend it. It’s messy and at any point could leak to your engine overheating.
When should I replace my freeze plugs?
I’d recommend doing it every three years or 60,000 miles – given the cost of the consequences. Tom: If you don’t have good rust inhibitors, rust will attack the weakest link in the engine block. That’s the freeze plugs – which are designed to give way if the engine freezes, preventing your block from cracking.
What causes a freeze plug to go bad?
If you have water or coolant leaking from the side of your engine or between the engine & transmission, you most likely have a bad freeze plug. Sometimes the hole in the freeze plug is very small, and can periodically be blocked by debris from the cooling system.
How do you know if you have a bad freeze plug?