Oil Drain Plug Stuck

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Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby KevinA » Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:31 pm

Hey people,

I was trying to change my oila nd the drain plug is very stuck. I tried smooth strong pressure and then a few jerks. I am using a socket and tried with a vise grip type wrench. No good. Both were starting to round the edges of the nut. I also tried wd40 and even tried letting the engine run for a bit. Still stuck. I don't want to round the edges on it anymore.

Any ideas? I think I may just take it to the lube center even though I already bought the synthetic.
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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby sfox » Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:44 pm

Damaged Nut/Bolt Remover set. Had the drain plug on the H2 over-tightened by the dealership.....rounded it off trying to do an oil change...this set worked AWESOME!

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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby KevinA » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:20 pm

Thats going to ruin the bolt head though right?
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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby Mark » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:23 pm

KevinA wrote:Thats going to ruin the bolt head though right?

Order a new plug before you do it :yup:
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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby sfox » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:28 pm

Replacements are cheap and available at any autoshop.

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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby PhilD » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:47 pm

KevinA wrote:Thats going to ruin the bolt head though right?
Sounds like you've already done that ;)

Something like Seth showed will work fine, you can usually get them at Harbor Freight much cheaper, then just replace the damaged one.

BTW If you are using the right size six sided socket it should not damage the head at all, however tight it is in.
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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby bjc » Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:31 pm

Replace with a Fumoto valve.
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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby KevinA » Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:26 pm

Went into pepboys today. At the parts desk they took my vehicle information.

3.5

me: yes

V6

No 5, inline

they laughed at me :cry:

Anyone know the factory recomended torque supposed to be applied to the drain plug?
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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby Seth » Sat Jan 12, 2008 11:27 pm

KevinA wrote:Anyone know the factory recomended torque supposed to be applied to the drain plug?

Hand tight, but don't put shoulder pressure. Don't yank. Just solid enough to keep it from working its way out. Real specific, I know. :lol:
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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby KevinA » Sat Jan 12, 2008 11:46 pm

I was asking so I could go to the dealer and let them know it doesn't need 150lbs of torque :roll:
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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby stjames151 » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:28 am

Just say "Its gotta be less than 'break my snap' tight"...that should work. If not start yelling "I SEE RUST ON THE NEW ONES!" Either the general manager will give you what you want, or he'll call someone to give you a new jacket with shiny buckles.
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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby f5fstop » Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:58 am

Actual torque spec for the drain plug is: 26 N·m (19 lb ft). I always torque mine; majority of place will not and that is why they strip out so much.
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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby The Other Rob » Sun Jan 13, 2008 11:14 am

Speaking of things being over tourqued... Had to change a flat on the work truck the other day.. Whoever put those lugs on the last time must have used something like this to have done it...

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We stuck a 4ft pipe on the end of the lug wrench and between me and another guy we had an easy 600lbs of weight on the pipe to get the damned things off..
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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby PhilD » Sun Jan 13, 2008 11:25 am

The Other Rob wrote:Whoever put those lugs on the last time must have used something like this to have done it...
:lol: :lol: :lol:

We broke a bunch of 1/2" drives and extensions trying to remove an axle nut on 2-H2's H2 once. They must have used the same tool to put it on :wall: :wall: :wall:
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Re: Oil Drain Plug Stuck

Postby beavis » Sun Jan 13, 2008 11:38 am

I tried smooth strong pressure and then a few jerks


Maybe a better choice in friends is in order...

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