While reconnecting hoses and introducing water for startup. I discovered water coming from the port engine oil cooler. Laying beneath the cooler was a 1/4 inch plug and a rubber bail throw type plug. I attempted to put the 1/4 plug in but found that the hole was a bit bigger than the 1/4 plug. I did not feel any threads in the hole. It almost felt like the hole was beveled. I have deduced that the rubber plug was there for a reason, and not a good one. And all of the information I have read is absolutely correct, this is an exceptionally evil place to put anything that would require someone to access it. So my question is this, what do I do about the hole? I hope that someone else has fought this battle, and appreciate the input.

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Mark--I just sold a couple of them from a repower--mine had a drain valve for cooling water installed on each and it looked factory--see attached pic of my port side cooler. I am guessing that somebody broke-off or removed the valve and replaced with your rubber plug. If they broke it off the screwed in stem may be still there(hence why you feel no threads) and you might be able to get it out with a extractor and then simply screw another drain valve in.

Mark - if you decide you need to replace what you have, let me know. I have one.

Thank you Al, that is certainly it. I will try to figure out how i'm going to get an ez out in there.

Al Edwards said:

Mark--I just sold a couple of them from a repower--mine had a drain valve for cooling water installed on each and it looked factory--see attached pic of my port side cooler. I am guessing that somebody broke-off or removed the valve and replaced with your rubber plug. If they broke it off the screwed in stem may be still there(hence why you feel no threads) and you might be able to get it out with a extractor and then simply screw another drain valve in.

Thank you sir.

Matt Cowles said:

Mark - if you decide you need to replace what you have, let me know. I have one.

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