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Dealership Installed “Oversized” Oil Drain Plug As Solution

Dealership Installed “Oversized” Oil Drain Plug As Solution
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  • Gerard Morrison
  1. Is an oversized drain plug a permanent fix?
  2. Do oversized oil drain plugs work?
  3. What happens if you over tighten oil drain plug?
  4. Are all oil drain plugs the same size?
  5. How much does it cost to replace oil drain plug?
  6. What causes a stripped oil drain plug?
  7. What is the torque spec for oil drain plug?
  8. Can over tightening oil filter cause leak?
  9. Does oil drain plug need torque?
  10. How much should you tighten oil drain plug?
  11. What is the most common oil drain plug size?
  12. What size wrench do I need to change my oil?
  13. What size bolt is an oil plug?

Is an oversized drain plug a permanent fix?

To retap a hole properly, you really need to drill out the old threads and use a tap that cuts deep enough into the metal to make real threads. An oversize drain plug simply doesn't cut deep enough threads. It's a temporary fix.

Do oversized oil drain plugs work?

The problem with using an oversize drain plug is it makes new threads over the old ones which can lead to problems with future oil changes. The most expensive fix for this problem is to replace the oil pan. ... If the male plug is too big, it wont thread onto the oil pan....

What happens if you over tighten oil drain plug?

If you over-tighten the drain plug, you can strip the threads. And while it's harder to do, you can damage the rubber gasket atop the oil filter if you really overtighten it. Most likely, though, it's just going to make it really difficult for the next guy to remove the plug and filter.

Are all oil drain plugs the same size?

There is no universal drain plug size, but there are only a couple different sizes in common use. Auto shops do not need to replace the plug, it is almost always reuseable. The disposable part is just a sealing washer or gasket. Most shops probably reuse that instead of replace it.

How much does it cost to replace oil drain plug?

Replacing an oil drain plug gasket will usually cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 to $35. Removing an oil filter that wasn't installed properly and putting a new one in its place will usually cost anywhere from $20 to $60.

What causes a stripped oil drain plug?

It's stripped because someone either cross-threaded it or put it on too tight. As for being old!!.. If the oil change is done correctly then the oil pan and bold threads should last as long as the rest of the engine. ... That means a lot of oil changes…the pan and bolt are fine.

What is the torque spec for oil drain plug?

The typical torque specification for oil drain plugs on an aluminum oil pan is 20 to 25 foot-pounds.

Can over tightening oil filter cause leak?

Over- or Under-tightening

Besides making it difficult to remove when replacing the oil filter, over-tightening can crush the filter gasket, causing it to leak. When not properly tightened, any vehicle part designed to seal against a leak will loosen from normal engine or driving vibrations and cause leaks.

Does oil drain plug need torque?

you don't have to be exact with torque ... 30-36 ft lbs would be fine with your drain plug. to keep things in perspective, if this is your first oil change on this car, then there would have been at least one oil changer that ran your drain plug down with an impact, and probably no one used a torque wrench.

How much should you tighten oil drain plug?

Run the plug down with your hand until it stops flush with the oil pan. With a wrench tighten the plug very lightly until it stops and is only snug with the pan. Then tighten the plug 1/4 turn. That's it your done.

What is the most common oil drain plug size?

Oil Drain Plug Standard M14-1.50, Head Size 17mm - Dorman# 090-033.

What size wrench do I need to change my oil?

The open end side has a greater possibility of stripping the corners off of the nut/bolt due to slippage. The box end is great for strength of the grip, because it grabs the nut/bolt all the way around on all of it's corners. The most common drain plugs require either a 13mm or 15mm wrench.

What size bolt is an oil plug?

Place a 3/8-inch (0.9 centimeters) socket in the socket wrench, fit it over the drain plug's nut and turn it counterclockwise. The oil drain plug should open easily, draining the used oil from the engine.

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