Topic Title: Drip Pan
Created on May 27, 2013 at 01:30 PM

Skip

I have a Legacy that is probably 15 yrs. old and I have a problem. After all this time, I decided to take the drip pan out and clean out around the burner. Problem is, I can't get the drip valve loose to enable me to pull the drip pan out! I guess after all this time it has just "frozen" up. I've tried WD-40, hot water, etc., but it just won't budge. Other than sawing off the valve with a hacksaw, does anyone have a suggestion?

@ Skip

Skip, if you can't break the valve loose with a pipe wrench, it is really rusted in. Hacksaw it off.
In the future, take the drip pan out once or twice a year, vacuum out any loose rust in the bottom of the grill & install a new piece of 3/4" black pipe from the hardware store. Minimal cost & your grill will last much longer.

JC

If you haven't cut it off yet, I've had much better success with PB Blaster Penetrating Catalyst than WD-40 when trying to remove stuck/rusted fittings. It wicks both up and down the item you are trying to free. You can buy it at Walmart, Auto Parts Stores etc. Spray it on walk away for 5-10 minutes and give it a turn. Hopefully it works.

Skip

Thanks, JC! I really don't want to hacksaw it off because I think it might cause other issues. I'll do that as a last resort. I'll try the PB Blaster first and I'll let you know how it works.