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Unread 05-13-2015, 09:44 AM   #1
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Drain Plugs

Has anyone used these drain plugs? They have an o-ring in the middle of the threads. My original has developed a weeping leak and I am thinking of using this one.

http://www.amazon.com/SMART-O-Drain-...+jeep+cherokee



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Unread 05-13-2015, 11:06 AM   #2
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I am experiencing the same leak from my factory drain plug, I can't really tighten it any more, but I have drops coming out and I'm catching some flack for the leak in my garage. The original drain plug is 5/8 (socket size) not sure what the size/thread is, but Amazon is saying that this will fit my 2000 XJ Sport... why is the O ring half way on the thread.. seems weird. I'd also like to hear if others have replaced their factory plug with this and if it's better.

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Unread 05-13-2015, 12:24 PM   #3
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Purchase a large nylon or copper washer to place under the head of your existing drain plug. Clean the surface of the pan and be sure it is dirt and burr free.


The nylon will conform to the surface of both parts (pan and underside of bolt head) and will stop the leak. I have done this on my 1991 F150, where after about 8 million oil changes, the old plug/pan interface is not totally "oil-tight".
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Unread 05-13-2015, 02:38 PM   #4
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I guess I'll have to deal with the leak until I replace the oil again... in the meantime I'll hit the home depot and see if I can get some washers...
Drain plug is 1/2-20 bolt I believe?
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Unread 05-13-2015, 03:02 PM   #5
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Mine has a nylon washer/cap on it, but it is like a cap on the bolt head. Thought about cutting off and putting a new washer on it, saw these when I was looking for a washer.
My spot free driveway has about 10 spots on it the size of a dollar bill and I got an HOA letter. So now I have 10 piles of cat litter on them. Will have to power wash them this weekend.
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Unread 05-13-2015, 05:03 PM   #6
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Get a drain plug crush washer from your local auto parts store. Replace as necessary.
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Unread 05-13-2015, 06:03 PM   #7
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I finally broke down and bought a new drain plug from the dealer. At $15, it wasn't cheap but the fresh rubber gasket on the head stopped the leak....well at least it stopped THAT leak!
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Unread 05-13-2015, 08:58 PM   #8
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Mine has a nylon washer/cap on it, but it is like a cap on the bolt head. Thought about cutting off and putting a new washer on it, saw these when I was looking for a washer.
My spot free driveway has about 10 spots on it the size of a dollar bill and I got an HOA letter. So now I have 10 piles of cat litter on them. Will have to power wash them this weekend.
Don't cut the old washer off. Just add a new one below it on the bolt. The nylon washer will conform to the old washer AND the pan quite nicely.

Or, you can spring for a metal oil plug crush washer, but they have a more limited life. I like the nylon washer method.
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I guess I'll have to deal with the leak until I replace the oil again... in the meantime I'll hit the home depot and see if I can get some washers...
Drain plug is 1/2-20 bolt I believe?
Measure the OD of the bolt theads and the OD of the current bolt head flange. Choose a nylon washer accordingly.
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Unread 05-14-2015, 08:46 AM   #10
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I finally broke down and bought a new drain plug from the dealer. At $15, it wasn't cheap but the fresh rubber gasket on the head stopped the leak....well at least it stopped THAT leak!
Boy isn't that the truth! It seams like it has to leak somewhere else, as soon as you fix what you think is the last leak.
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