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Old 03-30-2009, 06:34 PM   #1
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Freeze Plug popped into the motor!!!!

Hey guys I need some advice on this issue. To make a long story short, I tried punching out a leaking freeze plug and the whole plug took a nose dive into the block. It is the one in front of the motor and closest to the timing belt. I tried picking at it with my finger hoping to retrieve it somehow, but it looks like its just falling deeper into the motor. I wonder if I can just leave the damn thing in there, but it will minimize (or even block off) the water circulation in that area right? Is there another outlet somewhere where I can get to this fallen plug? I'm wondering if I take off the water pump, that there would be an access to it. Any advice or response is well appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:32 PM   #2
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Re: Freeze Plug popped into the motor!!!!

Needle nose pliers, magnet, small screw driver. Get it out of there...you have no choice.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:25 PM   #3
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Re: Freeze Plug popped into the motor!!!!

Do you have a magnet on a telescoping rod? If so use that, it should work pretty slick. And yes it HAS to come out.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:29 PM   #4
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Re: Freeze Plug popped into the motor!!!!

If you want to keep that engine take it out ASAP
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:02 PM   #5
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Re: Freeze Plug popped into the motor!!!!

If you can get it back up to the hole with a magnet Id get a good pair of vice grip pliers on it so it dont fall back down. I hope its not a brass freeze plug. I dont think thay have used them for a long time.
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:23 PM   #6
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Re: Freeze Plug popped into the motor!!!!

I have seen many engines with the frost plugs punched in and left in with no ill effects on anything, Although my preference is to remove them it should not be an issue. That is if its absolutly to the point that you cant remove it. Like mentioned above, if you can reach it and get a vise grip on it then by all means go for it.
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:33 PM   #7
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Re: Freeze Plug popped into the motor!!!!

Get some THIN needle nose pliers. I bought some medical grade ones that are almost 12 inches long and extremely thin. Strangely shaped dick jokes aside, they're one of the best investments for working on cramped engine bays.
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:06 PM   #8
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Re: Freeze Plug popped into the motor!!!!

Needle nose pilers and a Magnet will do the job!
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:06 PM   #9
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Re: Freeze Plug popped into the motor!!!!

Just bend the telescopic magnet, try not to break it and it should do the job.
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:48 PM   #10
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Re: Freeze Plug popped into the motor!!!!

Hey guys! I wanted to thank all of you for the quick responses and feedback! I tried using the telescopic magnet early this morning, but there wasn't enough room to extend the rod to the plug. Again, tried using fingers with no progress. I soon grew tired and crashed out under the car (putting on drive line) and dreamt about putting a magnet inside of a glove and fishing it out that way! Woke up with excitement I tried it out. I found a doughnut shaped magnet and tied a wire through it (just in case the magnet gets stuck and the breaks off from the glove) and chucked the magnet it into the middle finger of the glove. Slipped on the glove and was able to fish out the damn plug! Completed wrestling with the plug using pliers and now a new plug is in! Thanks again guys! As common sense as it may sound to use a magnet, I probably would have never thought about it.
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:33 PM   #11
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Re: Freeze Plug popped into the motor!!!!

Innovative. Good work.
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Old 04-04-2009, 01:35 AM   #12
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Re: Freeze Plug popped into the motor!!!!

Macgiver has nothing on you. LOL
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:48 AM   #13
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Re: Freeze Plug popped into the motor!!!!

Chuck Norris did that in episode 5 season 4. Chuck Norris vs Macgiver.... I bet they would make scary kids... like i'm gonna kick your ass then tie you to the bottom of a boat with match sticks scary.
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