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    Default 205 radiator drain plug problem

    Hi all.

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    I was draining my radiator today and upon undoing the drain plug, the whole plug pulled away.

    Has anyone ever experienced a problem like this?

    What was your next move?

    Too thin to weld?

    Julian

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    Ouch. Radiator repair place ???


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    Brass or aluminium?

    I have kept my brass radiator just in case the aluminium ones become NLA in the future. Plus, I think they're easier to bodge on the roadside.

    Try soldering it if you're any good at it but for cheap insurance I would take it to a good radiator shop (assuming it is brass). If it's aluminium, it's time for a new one I guess.
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    Brass drain plug. So ill see if I can give it the old soldar treatment.

    I was hoping I didnt have to remove it...

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    I remember twisting the top off the radiator in a 205 once. Removed the radiator cap and the collar twisted off with it. geezzzz I was angry after that...


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    It's worth the time to remove the tank and silver solder the drain plug ferrule. Silver solder is a lot stronger than soft solder and will be a permanent repair.

    Good radiator repairers will usually silver solder all ferrules and the cap neck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    It's worth the time to remove the tank and silver solder the drain plug ferrule. Silver solder is a lot stronger than soft solder and will be a permanent repair.

    Good radiator repairers will usually silver solder all ferrules and the cap neck.
    Thanks Robmac.
    I took it to a radiator repair crowd today.

    Pain in the backside having to pull it all out, but allows for access of further cleaning.

    Ill here back from them tomorrow i guess...

    Cheers

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