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Old 06-04-2014, 08:16 PM   #1
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Stripped drain plug bolt

Ok so I'm trying to do the oil change on my girls car but the guy who did it last (a ghetto oil change place) stripped the crap out of the drain plug bolt.

I've tried socket set, Irwin bolt grips, pipe wrench, spraying some wd40, vice grips, NOTHING! Wtfffff!!!!

It just keeps gettin smaller and smaller and more stripped but for the life of me I can't get it out help!!!!

Also I already bought a new oil drain plug bolt so I just need to get it out please respond ASAP!
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Have you tried EZ/twist off sockets? If not try a set of Knipex pliers, those things can grab just about anything
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I was using these sockets Click image for larger version

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ID:	158594 but I guess it's stripped a kind if an angle so it won't grab all the way. And there's limited space where I can hammer it on very well, although I can to an extent
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Have you tried one of these pliers? Sorry for the small picture.
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Have you tried one of these pliers? Sorry for the small picture.

Or a Robo Grip or maybe even vice grips if you can get them in there.
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Yeah I tried all of those
The damn thing just keeps stripping and getting smaller.

I hate to say it, but I might have to just take it to an oil place and have them do it for me :tear:
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Yeah I tried all of those
The damn thing just keeps stripping and getting smaller.

I hate to say it, but I might have to just take it to an oil place and have them do it for me :tear:

I will say this, if you do get it out make sure you don't do anything that will prevent you from getting another plug in there right away or you won't be filling it back up any time soon.
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I will say this, if you do get it out make sure you don't do anything that will prevent you from getting another plug in there right away or you won't be filling it back up any time soon.

What do you mean??
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If, say, you try to drill the bolt out and end up jacking up the threads, you won't be putting any oil back in the car until you put a new oil pan on.

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Yeah I tried all of those
The damn thing just keeps stripping and getting smaller.

I hate to say it, but I might have to just take it to an oil place and have them do it for me :tear:
The pliers I posted only work in one direction so you gotta make sure you're going the proper way. Can you post up a pic of the plug?
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If, say, you try to drill the bolt out and end up jacking up the threads, you won't be putting any oil back in the car until you put a new oil pan on.

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Yup, that's what I meant. Another hint for anyone changing oil, make sure you remove your oil cap before draining the pan. My '97 Dakota has an oil cap that comes off easily when the engine is cold. But when the engine is warm, the cap just spins. I found that out the hard way once when changing my oil. I had already drained the pan and then found out it wasn't coming off. Had to work at it a while before it finally caught and came off.
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The pliers I posted only work in one direction so you gotta make sure you're going the proper way. Can you post up a pic of the plug?
My thoughts exactly...
Shrek, I hate to ask... You are turning it counter-clockwise to remove it, right?

If you can get some vice grips or something to fit on the drain plug, you might try carefully heating the oil pan around the drain plug (not the plug!) with a propane torch, or the like, and see if that loosens it any.
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My thoughts exactly...

Shrek, I hate to ask... You are turning it counter-clockwise to remove it, right?



If you can get some vice grips or something to fit on the drain plug, you might try carefully heating the oil pan around the drain plug (not the plug!) with a propane torch, or the like, and see if that loosens it any.

Lol yeah I understand and I'm definitely turning it the right way.

The thing is that when I get a good grip on the vice grips, the bolt doesn't turn, the vice grips just slide around the head and lightly chip/strip it each time. I put some wd-40 on it a while ago. And if I get some good ideas for tomorrow I'll just do it than
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Pipe wrenches do not spin, only remove or snap. Hope that bugger comes outfor ya. Your not alone, find stupid **** like that every day.
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If you have access to a small grinder you can, again, carefully grind a couple of flat edges on the drain plug to grab onto. Or use a file to do it.
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Or a welder if you don't have any oil leaks haha
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Or a welder if you don't have any oil leaks haha

Actually, I had a couple exhaust manifold bolts that were broke off in the head on my '95 T/A (common problem with those cars). The garage I went to built up some welding beads, then welded a nut on top of that, and then turned them right out with a wrench. I forgot all about that.
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How did things ever turn out, no pun intended?
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Ugh neither me, my father in law OR my mechanic brother could get it out wtf!!! Even with the ez outs. Fudge it I'll just bite the bullet and take it to a oil change place and take them all the stuff to finish up the job

I feel like a failure
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Ugh neither me, my father in law OR my mechanic brother could get it out wtf!!! Even with the ez outs. Fudge it I'll just bite the bullet and take it to a oil change place and take them all the stuff to finish up the job

I feel like a failure

What about welding a nut on? Would it be cheaper to just pick up a new pan and change it than it would be to pay someone at an oil change place? If you mean like Jiffy Lube or something like that, are they even equipped to get it out in such bad shape? How hard does it look like it would be to pull the pan? Just throwing some ideas around, thinking out loud...
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Never tried JB Weld. What is that stuff like, and how do you use it? Could you even try JB Welding a nut to it and turn it back out? I could be way off base here, never used that stuff.
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Never tried JB Weld. What is that stuff like, and how do you use it? Could you even try JB Welding a nut to it and turn it back out? I could be way off base here, never used that stuff.

It is pretty strong stuff or maybe even supper glue ? Or have you tried hammering on a 12 point? Fill one with some jb weld and put a impact on that sucker thats probably how the place your going to take it to is go to do it
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It is pretty strong stuff or maybe even supper glue ? Or have you tried hammering on a 12 point? Fill one with some jb weld and put a impact on that sucker thats probably how the place your going to take it to is go to do it

That's a good idea! You can always go but a replacement socket for the one you ruin.
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Wouldn't the jb weld just break off?
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JB weld won't work.
If you have access to a welder, weld an appropriately sized bolt onto the plug as Tyoung68 suggested.
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No welder or compresser/impact gun access :-/
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Take it to a muffler shop, have them tack weld a nut onto the head of the drain plug and then drive home, remove the plug and finish it up yourself. It shouldn't cost you any more than $10 - $20 to have the muffler shop tack the nut on for you.
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to go one of those drive inn oil change places loool.
act normal.. they may or may not inform u that its stripped.. maybe they will get it off haha and if they try and make it worse... they will then have assumed responsibility lol.. some minimum wage kid will be like ahhh fu ck
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Oh No ! Jiffy Lube or a place like that ?????????

Those are the places that always mess your car up. I do not think they are capable of fixing anything.
I would go to a dealer before going to one of those car wrecking idiot places. The Muffler shop would proably be good to weld a nut on. Not a stupid Jiffy Lube.

Any time you ever see anyone using an air wrench on your drain plug you need to come un-glued on them. An Air wrench should never ever be used on a drain plug.
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PS: If your threads are messed up, They do make oversize drain plug repair kits to fix them.
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Damn even the oil change place couldn't get that damn plug bolt out? Wtf!!! He recommended taking it to a muffler shop

Would it be easier just to get a whole new oil pan from the junkyard?
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Go get the nut welded on...
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Go get the nut welded on...

Yup. That's what I'm gonna do.
Now to find a decent shop ....
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...Any time you ever see anyone using an air wrench on your drain plug you need to come un-glued on them. An Air wrench should never ever be used on a drain plug.
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Or on the lug nuts of your rims. They should never be fastened or torqued with an air wrench...only a torque wrench.
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OK as long as they have the Torque tool

There is a long tool that they put on the air wrench that will only allow the 100 foot pound that is wanted. They work fine and have been around for a long time. I don't know the exact name for it but be sure the guy that puts your wheels on has one. If not make him tighten by hand. Then when you get home you can check the torque with a proper torque wrench.
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There is a long tool that they put on the air wrench that will only allow the 100 foot pound that is wanted. They work fine and have been around for a long time. I don't know the exact name for it but be sure the guy that puts your wheels on has one. If not make him tighten by hand. Then when you get home you can check the torque with a proper torque wrench.

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I wonder how those things hold up to the use. It seems like the metal eventually would stretch or something. I mean even the torque wrenches have to be calibrated every now and again
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