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Old 08-11-2018, 09:44 PM   #1
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Default HELP Any idea how to find a Nissen 65548A Radiator Petcock/Drain Plug???

I love magnetic parts holders - they are one of the greatest inventions of all time and a gift to all of us who wrench on our vehicles.

The one draw back is that plastic parts aren't magnetic, so when you are pulling the steel wrench off of your magnetic parts holder and it accidentally flips the plastic radiator plug into the engine bay - never to be seen again even after hours or searching - you are ****ed.

That said - anyone have any idea what to do to replace the plug on the 65548A Nissen Radiator?

And Jack et al - any hijacking of this thread with wacky hijinx is not going to be recieved well, I am seriously not in the mood right now
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Old 08-11-2018, 10:07 PM   #2
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First you need a hug


Second picture where it goes? I might have a few

Edit ... I see you posted drain....


Black one with round head with flat screwdriver notch ?


I had success with pressure washing or using garden hose to wash down engine bay for lost parts.... only on concrete slab...


**** always gets lost under/next to ecu box
- frame or under in front of battery tray on these cars
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Old 08-11-2018, 10:13 PM   #3
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Second picture where it goes? I might have a few


Bottom drivers side. Plastic plug with a raised ridge on the top. Looks kind of like this:
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Old 08-11-2018, 10:16 PM   #4
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Can you drive your c70 to my house ;)


I can mail Monday if I find it but that’s going to be 2? Days


Btw this happed to me also...... with the same plug

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Old 08-11-2018, 10:35 PM   #5
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Let me know if you find it.

Appreciate it.
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Old 08-11-2018, 10:41 PM   #6
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Will the OE plug work?

https://www.ipdusa.com/products/9228...petcock-p80-p2
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:02 PM   #7
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Iirc they’re different
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:43 PM   #8
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When I was installing those aftermarket nissens radiators on customer cars, the drain plugs were round with a slot in them and just a basic plug without the o-ring like in the picture you posted.

The drain plugs were really soft plastic and usually already partially stripped, we saw one blow out. I started drilling the hole slightly larger, tapping the hole, and just putting a bolt in them with a sealing washer so they wouldn't blow out. not sure if it would work if your plug was like the one pictured.
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Old 08-12-2018, 12:38 AM   #9
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When I was installing those aftermarket nissens radiators on customer cars, the drain plugs were round with a slot in them and just a basic plug without the o-ring like in the picture you posted.

The drain plugs were really soft plastic and usually already partially stripped, we saw one blow out. I started drilling the hole slightly larger, tapping the hole, and just putting a bolt in them with a sealing washer so they wouldn't blow out. not sure if it would work if your plug was like the one pictured.
Appreciate the direction - this one seemed to be a "plug unplug" type of affair - though it may have just been stripped.

Tapping would probably work but I don't want to deal with pulling the whole freaking radiator/fan assembly out, and working under the car like that just sounds like a way to compound the problem.

Would JB weld or something similar work? Not like I actually need the freaking petcock I can always just pull off the radiator hose (like I used to before discovering the petcock today).
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Iirc they’re different
Yes two different animals
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Old 08-12-2018, 12:55 AM   #11
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This reminds me... I had one strip out and since then i only drain by removing lower hose.
I tried jb welding mine but it leaked almost right away

10 years ago or so
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I am going to try your hose idea though.
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Old 08-12-2018, 01:37 PM   #13
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Ya ordered one of those but it may not be for the model number I have. We'll see
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Ya ordered one of those but it may not be for the model number I have. We'll see
Contact Nissen and ask them what plug to use for your radiator?

https://nissens.com/en-gb/contact/co...utomotive.aspx
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Contact Nissen and ask them what plug to use for your radiator?

https://nissens.com/en-gb/contact/co...utomotive.aspx
Agreed that was on my list for today - they were closed when I called this weekend, no surprise.
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Tried hose and power washer no good
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Old 08-13-2018, 04:09 AM   #18
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Can’t find mine but I’m going to jy on Tuesday... I’ll pull all the p80 ones I find... there should be 5 cars

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Old 08-14-2018, 02:25 AM   #19
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So called Nissens today - there is customer service and then there is CUSTOMER SERVICE.

I probably bought the radiator 6 or 7 years ago. Person I spoke with said there were two different drain plugs for that model - I wasn't sure which was the right one so they are sending me both tomorrow free of charge (even paying for postage).

Guess which radiators I'm using for the rest of my life.
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Guess which radiators I'm using for the rest of my life.
Griffin ALL aluminum radiator as there no plastic and no stupid drain plug to deal with.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:58 PM   #21
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Yes rather than get a $2 drain plug I'll go buy a $500 radiator.

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Yes rather than get a $2 drain plug I'll go buy a $500 radiator.

bitch but aluminum ALUMINuM
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Yes rather than get a $2 drain plug I'll go buy a $500 radiator.

Griffin radiator starts at $80 at Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_p...price-asc-rank
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:10 AM   #24
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Drain plug starts at $0



And as much as people want to bitch about plastic end tanks that radiator has been in my car for at least 7 years and probably close to 100K miles.
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:03 AM   #25
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Well, this is interesting:

https://www.amazon.com/Upgrade-Coola.../dp/B00V3XAWN8 "Brass Upgrade Coolant Reservoir Expansion Tank Bleeder Screw for BMW & Mini Cooper Replaces Plastic OEM"

Maybe try and figure out what diameter and thread pitch you need then dig around at a hardware store for a brass bolt and put an Oring on it? Ok, maybe that's a long shot.
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