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Unread 03-15-2010, 09:06 AM   #1
Dronac
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Oil drain plug stuck :/ Go back to dealer?

Well I tried changing my oil yesterday, and the oil plug was WAY over torqued. I mean I broke out the breaker bar and my 13mm socket got ripped apart... I got a better socket from my dad, and the bolt head looked like it was going to get torn off when I tried again so I stopped not wanting to screw up my oil pan. I'v done plenty of oil changes and never seen a oil plug this tight.

I bought my Jeep from an Infiniti dealer who changed the oil before I bought it. I also took it in for two engine gasket changes at a Jeep dealer two weeks ago. Should I take it back to the Jeep dealer? I don't want to try doing it myself in fear of stripping something and causing damage I can't afford to get fixed.

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Unread 03-15-2010, 10:01 AM   #2
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Definitely! Tell them to put it up on the lift and loosen it, and you aren't paying boo. If they strip it they can drill it out and tap and put in a new one. While you are at it you might like to see first if you can turn the oil filter - chances are it is on stupid tight as well.

This is one of my pet peeves. What do you want to bet some moron tightened the drain plug with an impact wrench? Another of my favourites is when they put the wheel lug nuts on so tight that they can't be removed by a 200-lb mn standing on the factory lug wrench. Exactly what are you supposed to do then when you get a flat?

Once when I was getting tires I actually handed the service manager the lug wrench when the car was ready, and said "have your boy check that he can loosen the wheel nuts with this". Of course they couldn't so I made them back them all off and tighten them by hand with the lug wrench!
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Unread 03-15-2010, 10:07 AM   #3
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Thankfully, the oil filter is good to go. I don't even want to think of how much torque was put on this drain plug if it's stuck to the point where it's breaking sockets.

Last time I changed tires, I had to stick a 8 foot metal pipe around my tire wrench to get enough torque to get the bolts off :/
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