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Old 07-12-2012, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Crawl under the front of the car and look at the bottom of the radiator. Find the radiator "drain ****" (also called the radiator petcock). The drain **** is a small plug or T-shaped bolt located at the bottom of the radiator. Sometimes it's plastic.
I have been searching google to look for the real image that shows where I can find the radiator petcock without results.

Does someone have such an illustration image so that I can find it under my taurus 2000?

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I have been searching google to look for the real image that shows where I can find the radiator petcock without results.

Does someone have such an illustration image so that I can find it under my taurus 2000?

Thank you
If its like a GEN 3, there is a plastic shield under the radiator under the car
that will have to be removed for access.

Probably simpler just to remove the lower radiator hose.
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If you're looking to replace the petcock, self service salvage yard or auto parts store. The plastic ones just pull straight out (with pliers) and the new one pushes straight in (by hand). O-ring press fit. 19mm (3/4") socket or wrench loosens the white plastic nut to drain coolant. Wheel lug wrench, crescent or pliers will also work. Always retighten the nut by hand or risk breaking it off. Then, you'll have to use a 3/8" allen wrench to open/close the petcock, lol. Petcock is located on the bottom drivers side of the radiator under the black plastic air dam.

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Hello sheila,

Is this car service ramp high enough to do the coolant change task?

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Yes, but I never jack (lift) to do a coolant drain/flush/refill.
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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If you're looking to replace the petcock, self service salvage yard or auto parts store. The plastic ones just pull straight out (with pliers) and the new one pushes straight in (by hand). O-ring press fit. 19mm (3/4") socket or wrench loosens the white plastic nut to drain coolant. Wheel lug wrench, crescent or pliers will also work. Always retighten the nut by hand or risk breaking it off. Then, you'll have to use a 3/8" allen wrench to open/close the petcock, lol. Petcock is located on the bottom drivers side of the radiator under the black plastic air dam.
I don't need to replace the petcock. I simply want to change the coolant. It is quite strange that I cannot find anybody shot a video to demonstrate this online for taurus.
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You don't need a video. Like soundu told, take the panel off under the front bumper cover, is at the bottom of the radiator on the driver's side.
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Quite common to see people use a keyhole saw to create an opening on the bottom panel after the first time they do a coolant change .. when the panel is off the vehicle of course.
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hello all,

I have taken a detail picture of my car and please check the attached images. I guess the plastic screw on the center image is the petcock I am looking for.

Q1> Is that the petcock which is NOT covered by a panel?

Q2> Which one I should buy based on the following two products:

Part Number: 61127
Motormite/Radiator Drain Plug (61127) | 2000 Ford Taurus 6 Cylinders U 3.0L EFI | AutoZone.com

Part Number: 490-218.1
Motormite/Radiator Drain Plug (490-218.1) | 2000 Ford Taurus 6 Cylinders U 3.0L EFI | AutoZone.com

Q3> Is it true that this plug is one-time usage so that I have to buy each time when I exchange the coolant?
Or it should only be changed when it is damaged?

Q4> Do I pull it out or I should unscrew it with socket wrench?

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Old 07-13-2012, 06:31 PM   #10 (permalink)
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If its like a GEN 3, there is a plastic shield under the radiator under the car
that will have to be removed for access.

Probably simpler just to remove the lower radiator hose.
Is it easy to access the lower radiator hose for the taurus car?

thank you
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