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Old 09-10-2011, 04:13 PM   #1
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Default 2004 Saturn Vue Radiator Drain Plug?

I would like to purchase a radiator drain plug for my 2004 Saturn Vue V6 350L AWD. I have looked everywhere for this plug without success. The radiator schematic at the local Chevy dealer that now supports Saturn in my area showed a different plug than used on my vehicle (it had a wing-nut type method to tighten the drain plug where mine uses a screw-driver to tighten the slotted plug top). I have checked on the web, local part stores, and both Honda and Chevy without success. I even checked with a rather large junk yard here in Maryland and they told me that there are few Vue's on lots because folks tend to rebuild them and keep them on the road.

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Old 09-10-2011, 05:29 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2004 Saturn Vue Radiator Drain Plug?

Does your plug leak?

I was really surprised first time I tried to drain a Vue radiator. I expected to unscrew the silly petcock from the side (screwdriver notch type) and have fluid come out of what I thought was the bottom drain.

Nope - the fitting on bottom is not part of drain but is a lower support / alignment pin for the radiator.

So, as I loosened the plug the fluid streamed out the side - around the petcock - and the first pint or so, cleverly missed the catch-pan I'd so carefully situated.

BTW .. if the petcock is leaking - do you suppose you could completely remove to see if there's a replaceable o-ring or gasket?

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Old 09-11-2011, 01:14 AM   #3
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The part number is 22664738. It's listed online for $25.65 plus shipping and handling. The link to the part can be found below:

http://parts.nalleygmc.com/showAssem...modelYear=2006

That just seems like a ridiculously high price for a radiator drain plug, and if you buy it from your local dealer it will probably be even more. You might try finding a local radiator shop and taking your drain plug to them and seeing if they have something that's close to the size and shape of the original plug. Most good radiator shops will have a stock pile of various sizes of drain plugs for most makes and models. It might not be a perfect match, but I would be willing to bet that they will have something that will work and for a lot less than the dealer part. Best of luck!

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Old 09-11-2011, 10:54 AM   #4
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If you removed it and it's leaking?

Make sure it's threaded properly and fully seated. I would remove it and reinsert it and make sure you have it screwed in enough that it's seated.

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Old 09-11-2011, 06:16 PM   #5
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Default Re: 2004 Saturn Vue Radiator Drain Plug?

Thanks for your input. The part that you suggest sure looks correct and I will be off to the Chevy dealer this week.

I would also like to thank the others that gave me input and say that my drain plug was leaking badly and had been damaged by the shop that did a flush and fill for me. I ended up using plumbers tape on the threads and putting the thing back into the radiator. It is now holding but I want to get a new dreain plug to have on hand for the next time around since it is getting more difficult to get parts for Saturn as time goes on. The folks that did the flush and fill for me badly damaged the screw-driver slots and it is almost impossible to tighten the plug that I have now.

Thanks much to you all for your comments and suggestions.

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Old 09-11-2011, 07:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for your input. The part that you suggest sure looks correct and I will be off to the Chevy dealer this week.

I would also like to thank the others that gave me input and say that my drain plug was leaking badly and had been damaged by the shop that did a flush and fill for me. I ended up using plumbers tape on the threads and putting the thing back into the radiator. It is now holding but I want to get a new dreain plug to have on hand for the next time around since it is getting more difficult to get parts for Saturn as time goes on. The folks that did the flush and fill for me badly damaged the screw-driver slots and it is almost impossible to tighten the plug that I have now.

Thanks much to you all for your comments and suggestions.
Just as an FYI, for the next time that you want to have the coolant changed either on your Vue or on another vehicle, I would highly suggest that you tell them to simply remove the lower radiator hose to drain the coolant instead of messing with the drain plug. It seems more and more common that the cheap plastic radiator drain plugs used on a lot of modern vehicles don't hold up well to abuse, especially when a shop isn't vary careful about removing and reinstalling the drain plug. The lower radiator hoses are usually a lot easier to remove and serve the same general purpose of draining the coolant and that way you prevent damage to your drain plug/radiator.

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Old 09-11-2011, 09:08 PM   #7
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The part number is 22664738. It's listed online for $25.65 plus shipping and handling.

That just seems like a ridiculously high price for a radiator drain plug, and if you buy it from your local dealer it will probably be even more. You might try finding a local radiator shop and taking your drain plug to them and seeing if they have something that's close to the size and shape of the original plug. Most good radiator shops will have a stock pile of various sizes of drain plugs for most makes and models. It might not be a perfect match, but I would be willing to bet that they will have something that will work and for a lot less than the dealer part. Best of luck!
col_dude190 - thats a great piece of research to find an obscure little valve and excellent advice on how to obtain a reasonable substitute.

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col_dude190 - thats a great piece of research to find an obscure little valve and excellent advice on how to obtain a reasonable substitute.
Well thank you sir. It's all in the interest of keeping another Vue on the road

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Old 01-20-2015, 10:47 AM   #10
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Default Re: 2004 Saturn Vue Radiator Drain Plug?

I wish I had read this before I did a coolant flush. My drain plug is pretty much stripped all the way, and I can only tighten/loosen it with a quarter. It is also leaking a little bit after I shut the engine off. I just ordered a new drain plug from Rock Auto, and will put some plumber's tape on the threads just in case. From now on, I will only drain the coolant from the hose.

Rock Auto is WAY cheaper than the stealership, btw:

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Old 03-31-2015, 05:40 PM   #11
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Did this Rockauto petcock work out for you? I need to buy one and want to make sure it worked out.

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