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Unread 03-15-2010, 05:42 PM   #1
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Changing Fluid on a Manual Transmission Problems

Hey,

Does anyone have advice or a tool suggestion to get that damn drain plug out from the transmission?!?!? I cannot get access to it!

It seems in a moment of genius, the designers placed an exhaust pipe DIRECTLY below the drain plug. I don't know what I can get in there to get it off, there's no room!!!

Anyone have a solution? I actually posted this before, and still haven't found a solution. I need to do this soon now.

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I grabbed it with a pari of vice grips. The threads that I ruined were exposed anyway. Tightened it up the same way.

Some people have welded a nut onto a bolt that fits, but that didn't work for me.
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Unread 03-15-2010, 09:35 PM   #3
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I'll give it a shot, any other ideas??
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I'll give it a shot, any other ideas??
All of the instructions Ive seen suggest fabricating a custom tool for the job.


I agree, ridiculous spot for a drain plug. Not only because of the limited access, but also the idea of having oil spill over a hot exhaust pipe doesnt sit right.
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I haven't done it yet and if I'm thinking right it takes an allen wrench. Correct?
If yes then you just get the appropriate L shaped allen wrench and cut the short side down with an angle grinder.
Don't get it too hot or you will remove the hardness, dip in water to keep it from burning.
Hope this helps.
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I made one with 1ea 17MM x 1' bolt and two hex nuts. thread the first nut to the bolt head then jam the second nut FIRMLY into the first. Insert the bolt head into the drain plug, then put a wrench on the FIRST hex nut to remove.

I did this several months ago, and I'm going by memory on the 17MM. I'll double check and see if I still have it. I'll mic it and post a pic.

I also seem to remember wrapping foil around the exhaust for easy clean up.
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Unread 03-16-2010, 05:43 AM   #7
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Yup, 17MM x 1"
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Yup, 17MM x 1"
This should work!! I'll give it. Try this weekend! Thanks!
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I bought a cheap 17mm allen socket. Punched the allen key out and cut it shorter. It fits in nicely, and just turn it with a wrench.

I like the idea of cutting down an allen wrench though, no need for a separate wrench.
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PM Sent -- there's a good write-up at Project JK
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Unread 03-16-2010, 06:28 PM   #11
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Hey thanks guys, I don't have the tools to cut down an allen wrench(military, don't have the largest tool collection based on moving alot). However, the nut and bolt idea posted should work just fine!

I will post results after I try it this saturday!

Thanks again everyone!
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