Where is the block drain plug?

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Old 20 Oct 2003, 05:03 pm   #1 (permalink)
JP
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Default Where is the block drain plug?


I've got a 1999 Solara with the V-6, essentially the same as the V-6
Camry.

Anyone know if there is a coolant drain plug on the block to assist
with a flush?

I see a small petcock on the radiator bottom but I have to remove a
metal shroud with about 12 screws on it to access it, same for the
lower rad hose.

Thanks
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Old 21 Oct 2003, 08:46 pm   #2 (permalink)
Scot Caraway
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Default Re: Where is the block drain plug?

I have not done it on this engine yet, but I usually just remove both
radiator hoses and thermostat if needed and force water thru the block.
That should be good enough.



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"JP" <jpxc66 at yahoo dot com> wrote in message
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> I've got a 1999 Solara with the V-6, essentially the same as the V-6
> Camry.
>
> Anyone know if there is a coolant drain plug on the block to assist
> with a flush?
>
> I see a small petcock on the radiator bottom but I have to remove a
> metal shroud with about 12 screws on it to access it, same for the
> lower rad hose.
>
> Thanks



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Old 22 Oct 2003, 02:11 am   #3 (permalink)
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"Scot Caraway" <rscarawa@yahoo.come> wrote in
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> I have not done it on this engine yet, but I usually just remove

both
> radiator hoses and thermostat if needed and force water thru the

block.
> That should be good enough.
>
>
>
> Scot
> "JP" <jpxc66 at yahoo dot com> wrote in message
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>>
>> I've got a 1999 Solara with the V-6, essentially the same as the

V-6
>> Camry.
>>
>> Anyone know if there is a coolant drain plug on the block to

assist
>> with a flush?
>>
>> I see a small petcock on the radiator bottom but I have to

remove a
>> metal shroud with about 12 screws on it to access it, same for

the
>> lower rad hose.
>>
>> Thanks

>
>
>


There are 2 drain blocks on this engine. I have never been able to
access the one on rear bacnk but the one in the front bank is about
midway is easy to get to. You should remove the lower shroud & also
drain the radiator.
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Old 22 Oct 2003, 11:43 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Where is the block drain plug?

Thanks for the suggestion.

There seem to be a number of bolts on the front of the block and I
would imagine that it would be pretty low on the block for good
drainage. Odd how they never make it obvious....

I'm trying to avoid removing the shroud if I can although doing do
would provide much easier access to the rad drain petcock and lower
rad hose.

Cheers,

JP

On Wed, 22 Oct 2003 02:11:46 -0500, doncee
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>"Scot Caraway" <rscarawa@yahoo.come> wrote in
>news:Rjllb.107$jw2.19@twister.southeast.rr.com:
>
>> I have not done it on this engine yet, but I usually just remove

>both
>> radiator hoses and thermostat if needed and force water thru the

>block.
>> That should be good enough.
>>
>>
>>
>> Scot
>> "JP" <jpxc66 at yahoo dot com> wrote in message
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>>>
>>> I've got a 1999 Solara with the V-6, essentially the same as the

>V-6
>>> Camry.
>>>
>>> Anyone know if there is a coolant drain plug on the block to

>assist
>>> with a flush?
>>>
>>> I see a small petcock on the radiator bottom but I have to

>remove a
>>> metal shroud with about 12 screws on it to access it, same for

>the
>>> lower rad hose.
>>>
>>> Thanks

>>
>>
>>

>
>There are 2 drain blocks on this engine. I have never been able to
>access the one on rear bacnk but the one in the front bank is about
>midway is easy to get to. You should remove the lower shroud & also
>drain the radiator.


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Old 23 Oct 2003, 08:50 am   #5 (permalink)
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JP <jpxc66 at yahoo dot com> wrote in message news:<bom8pv0rgg2p85r4rs9dhadomjhps9f3cr@4ax.com>. ..
> I've got a 1999 Solara with the V-6, essentially the same as the V-6
> Camry.
>
> Anyone know if there is a coolant drain plug on the block to assist
> with a flush?
>

This doesn't exactly relate to your question, but may prove helpful.
Gen. 3 ('92-96) 4 cyl., scheduled coolant change - decided to drain
from the block plug as well.
Turned the heater control on full (engine cold), opened the radiator
drain (radiator cap off), and waited for quite some time until all the
coolant trickled out.
Had the car raised on jack stands and had identified the drain plug on
the back of the engine block.
Reached it with an extension and a universal joint on the ratchet
handle and managed to get it removed.
There was some light rust on the threads, and probably about three to
four drops of coolant drained out.
The cooling system on this car works better than anything I've ever
owned. Gauge never rises above mid point.
But in the future, rather than changing coolant every two years, I'll
just change it every year and skip the drain plugs on the engine
block.
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Old 24 Oct 2003, 07:43 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Sounds reasonable. In my case with the V6, there is a rather sturdy
shroud that covers the bottom of the radiator and blocks access to the
lower rad house and draincock. My thinking is to avoid removing the 10
or so screws holding the shroud and just use the block plug to drain.
Sadly, looks like that might not get enough of it out.

Thanks for the info.

JP

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>JP <jpxc66 at yahoo dot com> wrote in message news:<bom8pv0rgg2p85r4rs9dhadomjhps9f3cr@4ax.com>. ..
>> I've got a 1999 Solara with the V-6, essentially the same as the V-6
>> Camry.
>>
>> Anyone know if there is a coolant drain plug on the block to assist
>> with a flush?
>>

>This doesn't exactly relate to your question, but may prove helpful.
>Gen. 3 ('92-96) 4 cyl., scheduled coolant change - decided to drain
>from the block plug as well.
>Turned the heater control on full (engine cold), opened the radiator
>drain (radiator cap off), and waited for quite some time until all the
>coolant trickled out.
>Had the car raised on jack stands and had identified the drain plug on
>the back of the engine block.
>Reached it with an extension and a universal joint on the ratchet
>handle and managed to get it removed.
>There was some light rust on the threads, and probably about three to
>four drops of coolant drained out.
>The cooling system on this car works better than anything I've ever
>owned. Gauge never rises above mid point.
>But in the future, rather than changing coolant every two years, I'll
>just change it every year and skip the drain plugs on the engine
>block.


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Old 25 Oct 2003, 09:12 am   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Where is the block drain plug?

Here's the info I wrote up on how I did it (may have to cut and paste the
URL).
Not hard. Just reach down from over the radiator and loosen the petcock.
The rest of the article describes flushing and draining the block on a V6
Camry

http://groups.google.com/groups?q=ra...roup:alt.autos.
toyota.camry&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&group=alt.autos.toyota.camry&selm=c
foma.73252%24rd4.2621427%40twister.austin.rr.com&r num=2

"JP" <jpxc66 at yahoo dot com> wrote in message
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> Sounds reasonable. In my case with the V6, there is a rather sturdy
> shroud that covers the bottom of the radiator and blocks access to the
> lower rad house and draincock. My thinking is to avoid removing the 10
> or so screws holding the shroud and just use the block plug to drain.
> Sadly, looks like that might not get enough of it out.
>
> Thanks for the info.
>
> JP
>
> On 23 Oct 2003 06:50:22 -0700, nospampls2002@yahoo.com (Daniel M.
> Dreifus) wrote:
>
> >JP <jpxc66 at yahoo dot com> wrote in message

news:<bom8pv0rgg2p85r4rs9dhadomjhps9f3cr@4ax.com>. ..
> >> I've got a 1999 Solara with the V-6, essentially the same as the V-6
> >> Camry.
> >>
> >> Anyone know if there is a coolant drain plug on the block to assist
> >> with a flush?
> >>

> >This doesn't exactly relate to your question, but may prove helpful.
> >Gen. 3 ('92-96) 4 cyl., scheduled coolant change - decided to drain
> >from the block plug as well.
> >Turned the heater control on full (engine cold), opened the radiator
> >drain (radiator cap off), and waited for quite some time until all the
> >coolant trickled out.
> >Had the car raised on jack stands and had identified the drain plug on
> >the back of the engine block.
> >Reached it with an extension and a universal joint on the ratchet
> >handle and managed to get it removed.
> >There was some light rust on the threads, and probably about three to
> >four drops of coolant drained out.
> >The cooling system on this car works better than anything I've ever
> >owned. Gauge never rises above mid point.
> >But in the future, rather than changing coolant every two years, I'll
> >just change it every year and skip the drain plugs on the engine
> >block.

>



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