Users' questions

Can you drive with a bad freeze plug?

Can you drive with a bad freeze plug?

If you have no other option, you may be able to drive with a bad freeze plug. As long as you keep your engine coolant full and your engine never gets hot, you could limp your car along with a leaking freeze plug although we never recommend it. It’s messy and at any point could leak to your engine overheating.

How long do freeze plugs last?

Antifreeze has certain properties that can cause freeze plugs to rust. To avoid this, change your antifreeze every three years. If antifreeze isn’t changed, or if you use plain water, the freeze plugs will rust until the coolant falls out and the plugs need to be removed.

Should I replace my freeze plugs?

I’d recommend doing it every three years or 60,000 miles – given the cost of the consequences. Tom: If you don’t have good rust inhibitors, rust will attack the weakest link in the engine block. That’s the freeze plugs – which are designed to give way if the engine freezes, preventing your block from cracking.

How much does it cost to replace a freeze plug?

Researching online, an easy to reach freeze plug could cost anywhere from $200 to $400, whereas a freeze plug that requires the mechanic to lift the engine or transmission out can cost anywherefrom $900 to more than $1,800.

How does a freeze plug for a pipeline work?

Pipe freeze plug technology is a simple, cost-effective method to perform pipeline maintenance or modifications without draining. Using liquid nitrogen or CO2 to isolate the problem area in the pipeline by freezing the product inside the pipe to form one or more solid ice pipe freeze plugs.

What kind of freeze plug do I Need?

Freeze plugs come in many different sizes, and your engine will have multiple sizes, some engines have 10 or more plugs. You can purchase a complete freeze plug kit, or you can buy individual plugs if you need to only replace one or two. We highly recommend brass plugs for a lasting repair.

Where is the leak in the freeze plug?

The day before this leak I replaced a leaking freeze plug on the side of the block, where there are 3 of them. That was fairly easy as you can get access to it. Now the leak is right in the area where the engine meets the transmission housing.