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stuck oil drain plug

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Robert Patterson

06-09-2011 07:47:00

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need to change the oil but am afraid to beat the heck out of the nut and wrenches to remove the plug. Have heard of jacks, spray loosener etc. any ideas?

also new to the old 8n. Runs great--but looks like heck I want to add some paint but do I sand blast or buy replacement parts? Hood and wheels the worst.

Back tire going soft. Someone said to be careful adding air. What's the tire pressure for the back?

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06-09-2011 22:23:07

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 Re: stuck oil drain plug in reply to Robert Patterson, 06-09-2011 07:47:00  
May crack the nut but I ran mine till hot and flipped a can of compressed air for dusting computers ... etc... sprayed it till frosty white then turned out much easier. They make some freeze off spray for bolts and nuts could use it the same way.

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06-09-2011 11:24:34

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 Re: stuck oil drain plug in reply to Robert Patterson, 06-09-2011 07:47:00  

Robert--here is how I was able to get the transmission plug out. Will work the same for the oil pan!! Good luck! Steve

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06-09-2011 09:12:40

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 Re: stuck oil drain plug in reply to Robert Patterson, 06-09-2011 07:47:00  
the electrolysis works well--there is plenty of info online on how to do. just google rust removal electrolysis and it will surprise you how simple it can be--just make sure to hook negative part of battery charger to the part you are derusting. as far as the drain plug the jack trick or welding a nut works, just get ready for a job and try not to cuss too much.

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06-09-2011 07:59:55

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 Re: stuck oil drain plug in reply to Robert Patterson, 06-09-2011 07:47:00  
rear tire pressures are low.. figure 10-16 psi..

if it's loaded and leaks you will need to break down and clean when fixing.

a jack and a small piece of wood can be used to hold a pipe wrench engaged to the plug while you turn the wrench with a pipe.

for the heck of it hit it with spray oil.. but don't count on it helping. most plugs are stuck because the PO was too cheap to cut a new gasket out of a cardboard box and instead glued it in with some goop that hardened.. or he tourques it to ni gajillion pounts trying to get it to stop leaking with the old gasket remnants still on it.

if the pipe wrench fails and you have a welder.. weld on a big hex nut.. just hit 2 sides oposed.. then yse a real wrench or socket / breaker bar on it.

weld heat helps it pop loose too.

other options are using a cold chissle and getting just into the flange of the plug but staying out of the pan metal.. then tapping it around once you get it to bite.

can also refile or grind new flats int he plug if it is rounded.

I useually don't dink with those. if a standard wrench don't do it and the pip wrench looks like it won't. I don't hesitate to weld a nut on it.

takes only a minute to drag the leads out and turn on the juice.

i'm not a fan of sandblasting.

it gets everywhere, and can deform small metal parts.

hand sand or buff with a 3m black pad.. do whatever body work you feel you need, then celan up and prime and paint.

break down tires from front rims and if really rusty, electrolysys dip them using a battery charger and sodium carbonate.. 12v 2+ amp charger.. negative to rim, positive to sacrifical metal.. don't let them touch..

once de rusted, weld up anything that needs welding.. can weld and redrill valve stem hole or weld a washer over it.. grind smooth.. then prime and paint. i reccomend an epoxy primer and paint fo rthe rims.. even if from a rattle can. it's tough and resists corrosive ballast materials.


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Dell (WA)

06-09-2011 07:59:51

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 Re: stuck oil drain plug in reply to Robert Patterson, 06-09-2011 07:47:00  
Robert.........oilpan plug can be summb#ches to unscew. I used a 15" pipe wrench and 4-ft extension and strong back to remove mine the first time. Remember, the oilpan plug is also a screen filter to the sheetmetal suckem-up tube.


Many times, rear tires are loaded with corrosive calcium chloride (CaCl) and can leak. Yer innertube has water in it. Rear tire pressure is 12psi (with water, or not) .........Dell

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06-09-2011 07:56:23

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 Re: stuck oil drain plug in reply to Robert Patterson, 06-09-2011 07:47:00  
Tire pressure 10-15 PSI depending on what you have on the 3 point. As for the drain plug a big pipe wrench a small piece of 2X4 and a hyd jack. You put the pipe wrench on the drain plug and set the 2X4 on the jack and jack it up just to the point it holds the wrench tight on the oil plug. Then you pull/push to brake it free

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