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    Coolant Change

    I was trying to change the coolant on my 2004 speedster 200 but cannot get the allen plug out. Almost stripped the head on one heat exchanger. Any tricks to removing the drain plugs? If I do strip it what do I need to do to get it out?


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    it's not a metric hex key for that. If you bug it up, get a quality screw extractor. I'd get the coolant hot to help crack it loose, but do NOT remove it while the coolant is under pressure

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    Yea I found out it wasn't metric but even with the right key it wasn't moving. Would heating it up a bit with a torch help?

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    I suggested running the engine for good reason. a torch may pop the seal. Hairdryer will do for warming it a bit. tap the wrench with a hammer a few times to persuade it to come out. waving the drill around often works too for the intimidation factor.

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    ha, ill give that a try.

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    small impact gun will help with some heat

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    it's ill advised to use an impact gun on a fastener that will cause much grief if it is damaged. There is no need for an impact tool on this particular drain plug..or for that manner any fluid removal plug.

    Never have had a problem with the coolant drain except when people don't realize it's not a metric size and strip it out by not using the correct wrench.

    Rideplate replacements for compromising the heat exchanger are pretty expensive.

    typically he first sign of a leak is the engine overheat alarm

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