Join Date: Nov 2016
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I went after the oil drain bolt tonight on a '17 Outback H-4. I've been changing oil on my cars for over 50 years and I have NEVER come across a drain bolt so hard to remove. Yes, I used a 6-point socket; yes, I used a 1/2 inch breaker bar; and yes, I was turning it the correct direction, but I still rounded the bolt. The only salvation was to remove the plastic covering, clamp on a vice grip, and lay on my back while pushing the vice grip with my foot.
It is totally ridiculous the drain bolt should be on so tight. This was the second oil change, the first by the dealer. The drain bolt had no prior marks leading me to question if (1) the tech sucked the oil out on the prior change or (2) the dealer never changed the oil, because he sure as @#$% didn't remove the drain plug. The oil change that should have taken me 30 minutes took well over an hour tonight because of this drain bolt.
Fortunately I was prepared with a Fumoto valve, because I wouldn't have been able to reuse the old drain bolt.
Last edited by tpfeffer; 07-27-2017 at 07:42 AM.
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