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Old 09-27-2014, 08:36 PM   #1
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Drain plug in hot water heater will not buge.

I have a 2006 Cherokee and I don't think the drain plug has ever been taken out. I soaked it with WD40 bought a 1 1/16 6 point socket but can not get the thing to budge. Don't want to force it too much as to do damage to beyond repair or damage something else. Anyone have a trick up their sleeve to get it off? Thanks
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Old 09-27-2014, 08:50 PM   #2
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Try tapping the end of the ratchet with a dead blow hammer, the sudden shock may nudge it.
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Old 09-27-2014, 08:54 PM   #3
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Instead of WD40 try some BBQ lighter fluid.
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Old 09-27-2014, 09:04 PM   #4
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PB Blaster. Several soaks with any solvent. As Idaho says bounces and jars will help to breaks it loose.


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I've had good luck using a paper towel soaked in vinegar. Let it set on the spot/threads for a few hours...giving it time to work its way in...and usually whatever it is will then come loose. Remedy was suggested by a plumber and has worked for me.
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Old 09-27-2014, 10:15 PM   #6
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Thanks I'll give it a try in the am.
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Old 09-27-2014, 10:18 PM   #7
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After you've put your solvent of choice on the threads, spend a few minutes tapping on it with a hammer. The vibes help the solvent get into the threads.
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Old 09-27-2014, 10:41 PM   #8
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Thanks for the tip. Hope this works, really don't want to have to replace the hot water heater if I force it and break something.
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Old 09-27-2014, 10:50 PM   #9
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I really appreciate all the quick and informed responses. Here is another question. Assuming I get the plug out is there something I should do to flush out the hot water heater like CLR ?
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Old 09-27-2014, 11:33 PM   #10
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Mix some ATF with some acetone.. Brush it on.. Give it a few minutes and give it a try..
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