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Old 02-28-2009, 12:10   #1 (permalink)
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2002 Escape Oil and Coolant Drain Plugs

2 questions for a 2002 Ford Escape:

1) What direction do I need to go to loosen the oil drain plug? I got my last oil change done at Walmart and they tightened the plug so tight I can not get it lose in either direction.

2) Where is the coolant drain plug?
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Re: 2002 Escape Oil and Coolant Drain Plugs

On all my vehicles, the oil drain plug is just like changing a light bulb. Turning it counter clockwise should loosen it. Walmart doesn't torque parts correctly, as I'm sure a 16yr old did your oil change.

If you want to change your coolant I suggest getting a repair manual. There are generally a couple steps to completely drain the system and refill it so there are no air pockets which can cause hot spots in the engine and warp various parts. I haven't changed the coolant on my Taurus, but on my Dodge there is a relief valve on the block that you unscrew and remove after you've removed the lower rad hose. On one of my older cars, the rad had a drain plug in it. You'll have to look around closely if you decide to do this without a manual.
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