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'97 960 can't find engine drain plug

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'97 960 can't find engine drain plug

Post by wasaabi » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:06 pm

I am changing the coolant and have searched forums and looked at VIDA pics. Everything says there is a drain nipple on the passenger side of the block. The image I have from VIDA and also the owners manual points to the front of the engine on the passenger side. All I have there is a steel line coming out that runs down to the oil filter. This line does have a nipple on the line itself (although this is oil, not coolant, right?). There is not drain nipple visible anywhere in this area on the block. I have looked from the top and the bottom, as far as I can see (the car is on ramps). What am I missing?

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1997 965 146K "The 97"
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Re: '97 960 can't find engine drain plug

Post by wasaabi » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:36 pm

Well, I seem to be adept at answering my own questions! For the benefit of someone else with the question: I did some research to learn that the oil cooler lines are actually coolant lines that flow into a "pancake" style heat exchanger at the oil filter. So that nipple on the right-angled line coming out of the block is indeed a drain nipple. What threw me off is that the drain is not on the actual block itself. I was able to get over 6 quarts of coolant out from there, nicely drip-free with the help of a tube over the nipple running into old bottles. Very clean method.
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2008 XC70 167K
1997 965 146K "The 97"
1990 745 GLE 16-Valve manual + electric overdrive (sold 125K)

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