04 3.0 Coolant drain plug location? - Jaguar Forums - Jaguar Enthusiasts Forum


X-Type ( X400 ) 2001 - 2009
Sponsored by Jagbits
Click Here

04 3.0 Coolant drain plug location?

Reply
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 01-06-2011, 04:54 PM
Razkid's Avatar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 101
Thanked 35 Times in 16 Posts
Default 04 3.0 Coolant drain plug location?

Where is the coolant drain petcock on an 04 with a 3.0? If I look up through a hole on the passenger side in the air deflector under the radiator I can see a plastic pipe with a small piece that sticks down. On the bottom of that piece is an + that looks like a flat bladed screwdriver is used to unscrew it. Is this a plug to drain the coolant? Thanks.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Razkid For This Useful Post:
innzane (08-13-2015)
  #2  
Old 01-06-2011, 05:39 PM
Thermo's Avatar
Veteran member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Great Mills, MD
Posts: 10,102
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2,357 Times in 2,026 Posts
Default

Razkid, yes, that is the drain plug. No big deal but just a warning though, it will tend to drain down on to your arm unless you pull the plastic cover out of the way. TRUST ME!!!!!! Your call. I did it with the cover still installed, just need to be fairly quick.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Thermo For This Useful Post:
innzane (08-13-2015)
  #3  
Old 01-06-2011, 06:21 PM
Razkid's Avatar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 101
Thanked 35 Times in 16 Posts
Default

Thanks Thermo. I took a chance and tried to unscrew it and found it was the drain plug. I didn't unscrew it all the way but I saw what you meant by running down your arm. I had tried to remove the cover but a few of the screws would have broken off so I kept it in place. Now my WTF question is how do you get the cap off of the coolant reservoir?! The cap unscrews and spins free but won't come off! What is the refilling procedure to remove the air in the system?

Last edited by Razkid; 01-06-2011 at 06:32 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-06-2011, 09:25 PM
Thermo's Avatar
Veteran member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Great Mills, MD
Posts: 10,102
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2,357 Times in 2,026 Posts
Default

Razkid, try pushing down a little bit as you turn the cap. It may be possible that your cap is broken and is not working like it should.

As for the refilling procedure, I just filled the system and called it good. There is a bit of recirculation going on in the system, so, the air gets pulled out pretty easily. Personally, I would not worry about it. Drain the coolant, close the drain plug, fill up with the proper amount of coolant and then run the car at idle for about 5 minutes, finishing with topping off to the proper level.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-06-2011, 10:21 PM
Razkid's Avatar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 101
Thanked 35 Times in 16 Posts
Default

Thermo, The cap unscrews to the top of the threads and I can screw it down tight. When I unscrew it to the top of the threads it just free spins but when I try to lift it off the whole tank lifts up. Maybe the top threads are messed up. I'll try lifting on the cap while unscrewing it to see if that works. I just didn't know if it was another great Jag design that you had to look for a hidden latch!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-07-2011, 03:25 AM
Green Machine's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 456
Thanked 19 Times in 17 Posts
Cool

Quote:
Originally Posted by Razkid View Post
Thermo, The cap unscrews to the top of the threads and I can screw it down tight. When I unscrew it to the top of the threads it just free spins but when I try to lift it off the whole tank lifts up. Maybe the top threads are messed up. I'll try lifting on the cap while unscrewing it to see if that works. I just didn't know if it was another great Jag design that you had to look for a hidden latch!
The cap does fit really tight on mine too.
What I do to get the cap off is place the flat blade of a large screw driver under the edge of the cap, then twist the screw driver with a slight upward movement until the cap pops loose. If you're careful this can be done without harming the tank. To put it back on I give the cap a sharp tap with the heel of my hand to get it seated enough so the thread will take hold and you're able to tighten it. I've done this several times without damaging the tank.
About the radiator drain. I replaced the plug with a nylon fitting. To the fitting I attached a piece of clear tubing, in the other end of the tubing I put a brass winged radiator drain plug. Now my radiator drain is in a position where i can reach it without making a big mess.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Green Machine For This Useful Post:
Razkid (01-07-2011)
  #7  
Old 01-07-2011, 01:19 PM
Razkid's Avatar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 101
Thanked 35 Times in 16 Posts
Default

I applied upward pressure on the cap by using a screwdriver as a pry bar while twisting the cap and it popped off. GM- I hope you used hose clamps on both ends of the tubing to secure it to the fittings.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Razkid For This Useful Post:
Green Machine (10-21-2012)
  #8  
Old 01-07-2011, 10:30 PM
Green Machine's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 456
Thanked 19 Times in 17 Posts
Cool

Quote:
Originally Posted by Razkid View Post
I applied upward pressure on the cap by using a screwdriver as a pry bar while twisting the cap and it popped off. GM- I hope you used hose clamps on both ends of the tubing to secure it to the fittings.
Yes, I used clamps and I've had no leakage yet going into the 3rd year of this modification. This setup sure make it simpler and less messy to drain the cooling system.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-21-2012, 02:32 AM
Green Machine's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 456
Thanked 19 Times in 17 Posts
Talking

Quote:
Originally Posted by Razkid View Post
I applied upward pressure on the cap by using a screwdriver as a pry bar while twisting the cap and it popped off. GM- I hope you used hose clamps on both ends of the tubing to secure it to the fittings.
Yes, I have used clamps. After a couple of accidents with my set up catching on things and dumping coolant I've finally adjusted the length so it's protected and haven't had a problem and can still get to the fitting to drain it only when I want it drained.
Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Replaced coil, now many problems cissdm X-Type ( X400 ) 10 05-03-2016 07:02 AM
9.5 quart oil change? Scarecrow XJ XJ6 / XJR6 ( X300 ) 27 03-28-2016 04:17 AM
Water Valve EAC4168 Question, 6.0 V12. 1100me XJS ( X27 ) 44 02-28-2016 08:06 PM
When you lose the capability to gradually renew the autobox fluid... aholbro1 XJ XJ6 / XJR6 ( X300 ) 3 10-12-2015 09:28 PM
O2 Sensor Replacement for 2005 Jaguar S Type 4.2L KarimPA S-Type / S type R Supercharged V8 ( X200 ) 11 09-12-2015 09:15 AM


Tags
04, 07, 2007, 30, coolant, drain, flush, jaguar, jauguar, location, locations, plug, radiator, type, xtype


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:25 PM.


JAGUAR and its logo are the registered trademarks of Jaguar Cars Limited. Jaguar Cars Limited is not affiliated with JaguarForums.com.