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Old 12-26-2007, 09:06 AM   #1
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where are the freeze plugs?

d15z1 vx, have had the car up on jack stands, searched the internet, this forum. There is only one side of the block depicted on the helms website, that i can access. Used the mirror to look up behind the exhaust manifold, while the car was up on jack stands. I can see the top of the block, but no freeze plug. I ordered a freeze plug heater for the vx from napa, the description says that it is 28mm, the only thing i found on the web where the block is concerned is the 28mm drain plug on the front trans end of the block.
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Old 12-26-2007, 12:54 PM   #2
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I will try to take and upload a picture for you in the next couple of days. For easy access since you are planning on installing your block heater - you should remove your radiator first to give you some room to work.
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Old 12-26-2007, 02:23 PM   #3
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That would be a big help, thanks. I take it the freeze plug is on the front of the block ( exhaust side)?
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:46 PM   #4
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Yes, it's on the side of the engine at the front of the car. Technically, the front of the engine is at the timing belt. I'm going to position my digital camera in the space between the inside of the radiator and the block to get a good shot of it. I have removed this plug a couple of times before. Again, it's easier to work on it when you pull out the radiator first.
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Ill take another look for it, but the photo would be a big help. Thanks again
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:30 AM   #6
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Go to www.flickr.com

Click on the search button - field stays blank

Search for people. Type in jadziasman. The freeze plug is the first photo of seven shown.

Double click on the image to enlarge it. Right click to save it.
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Old 12-27-2007, 02:26 PM   #7
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Will do when i get home, Thank you
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The freeze plug is the first photo of seven shown.
AKA the cylinder block drain bolt.
IIRC, freeze plugs are supposed to pop out if the coolant freezes, preventing engine damage due to the expanding ice. That drain bolt won't pop out, and I don't think anything else on the block has such a function. So technically, there is no freeze plug.
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Old 12-28-2007, 06:17 AM   #9
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Sorry I'm not familiar with that engine. Usually there's one freeze plug at each cylinder along side of block. Or between cylinders. On the block, not on the head. So would be lower than the exhaust manifold connections. Maybe not easy to see with the downward-aimed piping in the way there.

Might be easier to see once you get your part. You'll know what shape you're looking for. I've only seen them round, but you never know.
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Old 12-28-2007, 06:57 AM   #10
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here's a shot of it - it's bewteen the Flywheel (automatic version) and oil dipstick tube, mid-level on the block

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