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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-13-2013, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Oil plug stuck

So I have spent the last hour trying to change my oil to no avail the oil plug on the bottom is stuck!

Does anyone have a suggestion for getting it off?
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In the tool section of the parts store, OReilly's carries it, there is a kit for removing rounded bolts. It lets you use a ratchet. It will allow you to get a grip on the bolt head easier than using vise grip pliers.

Irwin 394002 BOLT-GRIP 5-Piece Bolt Extractor Expansion Set


Aside from that, a mapp torch to heat up the bolt, then try to remove it while its hot.

Someone overtightened the bolt or its in crossthreaded. Be sure to have a replacement plug handy and check the threads on the pan bung.
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Is it rust seized, rounded off, or cross threaded?

If rust:
PB Blaster.
A few decent taps with a hammer.

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The bolt looks to be fine I had the oil changed 3 months ago at jiffy lube for convenience (I drive a lot) the head is fine ratchet has no problems grabbing the bolt and there is very little rust on it. is it possible that jiffy lube simply over torqued it?

Would spraying something like wd40 on it help?
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First, if this is your only transportation, leave it alone until you're sure you could borrow or rent a car for a coupla days in case you can't get the bolt back in.

Be aware that there are 3-4 ways to repair the drain plug opening if it is stripped after removing the plug - but you may be delayed a day or more in finding just the right solution.

do you have a 1/2" drive breaker bar? If that won't do it, you may need a 'cheater pipe' or heat as suggested or an impact wrench.

oh and, I'm ashamed to suggest this but, make sure you are attempting to turn it counter-clockwise. (lefty-loosey)

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Thanks for the suggestions and yea I was turning it counterclockwise lol
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The bolt looks to be fine I had the oil changed 3 months ago at jiffy lube for convenience (I drive a lot) the head is fine ratchet has no problems grabbing the bolt and there is very little rust on it. is it possible that jiffy lube simply over torqued it?

Would spraying something like wd40 on it help?
If that is who did the oil change last, tale your vehicle in as if nothing has happened. When they say they can't remove it, pull the receipt from the globe box. Watch them though, to make sure they drain it. I never trusted cheap labor ... Or even the expensive one, for that matter, but 17 year olds messing with my car ... How much training they received, i wonder sometimes...
Get them to pay your dealership to fix it, maybe
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Thanks for the suggestions and yea I was turning it counterclockwise lol

it's rare, but there have been one or 2 instances over the years......

sry

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More problems after going to a Jiffy Lube?

What a surprise (he said, dripping with sarcasm)...
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I considered posting this as a new thread, but it fits perfectly here. Jiffy Lube torqued the drain plug with an impact gun. Ignore the fact that someone has beat on the oil pan with a hammer - the "stuff" around the hex plug is the crush washer which has squished out due to the SEVERE over torque.



Discussion: .... What the **** Jiffy Lube? : Justrolledintotheshop

Take a 16 inch or longer 1/2 inch drive breaker bar and a SIX point socket (a 12 point can round off the bolt). Hold the socket in place square and snug, take up the slack slowly, and give the breaker bar a really quick CCW pull. Not a smooth pull - snap it. The bolt will pop free, I guarantee you. You are simulating an impact gun, sort of.

If I am wrong, take the car back to the shop and let them deal with it. Then never return there.

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