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Which way to turn the petcock on the radiator to drain water on a 1997 ford escort?

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2005-11-29 17:25:28
2005-11-29 17:25:28

FACING the petcock, turn it CLOCKWISE, as if you are screwing it IN. Many times it is a little rusted and hard to turn. Before you start, spray it with any number of products available for rusted or stuck threads, such as WD-40. Then use pliers to gently turn the petcock to the RIGHT. GOOD LUCK!

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