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Re: How tight should freeze plug fit before flattening?

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ollie gm

11-09-2012 12:37:30

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The freeze plug should fit its seat without any excessive force. Most will just push in with your fingers. Don't forget to put your favorite gasket cement on the seat to prevent weeping and corrosion. Use a blunt punch and a hammer to flatten the plug to its proper tension.

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Bob Harvey

11-09-2012 15:25:05

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 Re: How tight should freeze plug fit before flattening? in reply to ollie gm, 11-09-2012 12:37:30  
Red RTV is a good product for this application. Use the 'ball' part of a ball pean hammer on the plug and whack the flat side of it with a 2#+ mallet-once should do it. You just need to 'dimple' the crown out of the dome. HTH

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11-09-2012 14:33:31

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 Re: How tight should freeze plug fit before flattening? in reply to ollie gm, 11-09-2012 12:37:30  
The ones I put in were too thick to just push in, I hit mine pretty hard with a ball peen and 1# sledge and they never did flatten. I was afraid to damage the block. They set well and haven't leaked and that's been several years now.

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