- Oct 7, 2007
- Amherst, NY
- 1996 Torch Red Coupe (Prior 1988 and 1989)
Twice this year I needed to drain the engine coolant. First time was reducing coolant level so I could replace intake manifold gaskets and then soon after for a coolant flush. The FSM makes no mention of the right tool to use. Most of us use pliers, usually with a tilted head. You run the risk of snapping the plug and it is very difficult to know if you applied too much or not enough torque. Here is my solution. Cut two slots into a spare 1/2" socket (1/4" drive) using a dremel. The slot is just wide enough to fit onto the drain plug slot. My drain plug needed to be tightened another 90 degrees vs. the results using a pliers.