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Can you replace freeze plugs without removing the engine block?


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Answered 2008-02-09 20:57:41

Depends on the location, but usually. Expect the task to be very difficult. Some freeze plugs are behind motor mounts or in front of engine cradles. Some freeze plugs are behind the flywheel, which requires removing the transmission for access. Removing the freeze plug is only one part of the task - installation is as difficult as removal, if not more so. The freeze plug must be installed properly aligned or it will leak. Freeze plugs are interference fit, so some means of applying pressure to the freeze plug must be found. Usually this means putting a socket inside the freeze plug or on the lip of the freeze plug and hammering it in. This requires room to swing the hammer. Don't forget to place the freeze plugs in a freezer for several hours before installation. This shrinks the freeze plug a tiny amount, and every bit helps.

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You can replace all of them BUT the 2 in the rear of the engine block with out pulling the engine. To remove the rear ones you can either pull the transmission are remove the engine your choice.


Freeze plugs are located on the sides of the engine block to allow for the expansion of the coolant if it should freeze. Without them the engine block could crack. They do not normally have to be replaced unless they begin to leak from corrosion or external damage.


no, but you might have to pull your transmission depending on which freeze it is.


There are multiple freeze plugs but mostly down both sides of the block. If you have a leaky freeze plug, you need to find out which one. Some are easy to get to and some are impossible without removing the engine.


At minimum, removing the engine mounts is required to access the freeze plugs.


There is no easy way. You will have to raise the engine up and brace it somehow to keep it from falling and cutting a HAND off while you are removing the motor mounts from the side of the engine.


There are quite a few reasons why your bottled water appears to freeze after removing it from the freezer. This is because it did freeze.


Running it without a freeze plug it will run but can and will cause permenant damage to the engine to to the amount of antifreeze you will lose Running it without a freeze plug it will run but can and will cause permenant damage to the engine to to the amount of antifreeze you will lose


The transmission must be removed to access the two freeze plugs on that side. It is easier to remove the engine, but techinically, no, you do not _HAVE_ to.


It is your choice. You can either remove the transmission and leave the engine alone. or pull the engine and leave the transmission alone. If your SMART you will replace all the freeze plugs in the engine.



It is impossible to do it you have to pull the engine


no withou a freeze plug the water will escape the engine and cause it to over heat.


When the engine is removed from the engine compartment, and detached from the transmission, there are freeze plugs on the back side of the engine. You may be able to just disconnect the engine from the transmission, and loosen the motor mounts and lift the engine partially away to replace the freeze plugs.


Should be 1 at the front of engine 1 at the rear of engine on each side Punch a hole in the center of freeze plug and pry out


You have to remove the engine and get freeze plugs pressed in. If you use a rubber plug which have a brass face and bolt in. Remember that they are a temporary fix and will come out if your engine over pressureizes.


Low engine coolant or ineffective coolant. Add or replace anti freeze


You replace them. There is no adequate fix unless they are replace. The old ones have to be knocked out and this takes skill because you dont want them to fall into the block or damage the cylinders. And on most motors, excluding some 4 cylinders the motor has to be removed or engine has to be tilted to replace them. Attempting to do this w/o removing or tilting motor can result in engine damage or just wasted time in failure... and frankly its just a pain in the ass.


There is 2 freeze plugs between the rear of the engine and the transmission. The freeze plugs are in the back of the engine block. Do not bother the big plug that is in the center of the block, That is the cam plug NOT A FREEZE PLUG. YOu will either have to pull the transmission are the engine to replace those 2 plugs.


There are two, both on the backside of engine near flywheel. Can be accessed by removing engine or dropping tranny. I know, I just left the shop for the same reason.


The engine will leak out coolant/antifreeze from the freeze plug area. Freeze plugs can be replaced, it may take a lot of work to replace one but they are made to be replaceable. It is not advisable to drive any vehicle with a blown freeze plug.


You've lost a soft-plug (freeze plug). A very inexpensive part, but on many vehicles replacing it requires removing the engine from the frame or separating the engine from the transmission.


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