Best way to remove broken push-in petcock from radiator?

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Changed oil and filter on my 92 Olds yesterday, and during my underneath inspection I found that the radiator drain petcock was leaking. Went to tighten it up, and it just started leaking more. It would not tighten because the stem was broke. I ended up taking a a small flat head screwdriver, and pried the sides of the petcock housing toward the broken stem center, and then it fell inside the radiator. Don't think it will hurt anything. The radiator is only two years old this past July, and the petcock stem just broke all by itself I reckon. I installed a new Dorman petcock. Here is the petcock I am talking about that is common for plastic tank radiators. Dorman push-in petcock Dorman push-in petcock
 

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I figured I was not the first one to leave it inside the radiator. The broken petcocks are a PITA to get out. Could not get a straight shot at it anyway. All I can say is cheap plastic junk that only lasted two years. Two years from now the one now residing in the radiator might have a sidekick to keep it company. LOL
 
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