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Radiator tap snapped mid service! Help!


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I drained my system of coolant, filled it with water to flush, and now the tap has snapped and I can’t rotate it. The rad is just full of water! Don’t know what to do! 

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The brand new Spitfire rad I’ve just received from Canleys doesn’t even have anywhere for a drain tap. Partly an improvement as I’ve been worried about accidentally opening the radiator drain every time I’ve turned the engine while checking the valve clearances!

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6 minutes ago, Josef said:

Partly an improvement as I’ve been worried about accidentally opening the radiator drain every time I’ve turned the engine while checking the valve clearances!

I wish mine opened easily, it doesn't look in a bad state?, though daren't try a bit of force.

It's just messy to drain from bottom hose, unless I figure out some type of large funnel, Heath Robinson arrangement?

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2 hours ago, daverclasper said:

I wish mine opened easily, it doesn't look in a bad state?, though daren't try a bit of force.

It's just messy to drain from bottom hose, unless I figure out some type of large funnel, Heath Robinson arrangement?

Just put a large plastic basin under it and drain into that; how far you disconnect the hose dictates the drain flow. Don't remove it fully and maintain a steady flow.

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Thanks Colin. It's more the scenario, when draining to replace a hose, etc and need to re-use the coolant and keep it clean, so even a slow drain from bottom hose, generally runs onto the valance first on Vitesse (from memory?), which is a bit waxoyl/dirt, grubby.  

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