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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-10-2001, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Help removing stripped pan drainplug

OK anyone got any ideas on how to remove a stripped oil pan drain plug without removing the pan or drilling it out. I really POed right now after finding this out, since someone else was too stupid to know not to keep tightening the bolt until it stripped.


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Re: Help removing stripped pan drainplug

been there.. take a decent pair of vise grips, and put them on the plug as tight as you can get them. heres the tricky part.. take two screwdrivers and use them to apply pressure outwards by prying between the pan and the visegrips as you turn it. may take a few tries but you'll get it. once it gets started coming out you'll be ok. just dont puncture the pan with the screwdrivers.. this is a case where a third hand is really handy.

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Re: Help removing stripped pan drainplug

Here's another way...

1. Get a fairy blunt knife.
2. Put the wrench on the oil drain plug.
3. Insert the knife blade BETWEEN the drain plug and the oil pan. There should be enough space to just get the knife blade into the area.
4. Put a little pressure on the knife as if you're trying to pop the drain plug out. This will help to "Lift" the drain plug and put pressure on it to follow the good thread pattern.
5. Slowly rotate the drain plug CCW with the wrench.

It should come out. Just be careful. I know how some of you guys are with a knife... dangerous!

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Re: Help removing stripped pan drainplug

Yep , and when your done , there are a lot of really good drain plug fixes at your better auto parts stores .

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Re: Help removing stripped pan drainplug

HEY I JUST HAD THE SAME PROBLEM YESTERDAY!! i picked up a 2.5L yesterday , took the head and everything off it, and found out its in really really nice shape, 79K had intake exhaust i mean everything still on it, froma 92 wrangler, anywho, pulled the dipstick out, and noticed it still was registering oil, so i got a 5/8's socket, started to turn and it kept turning and turning, no very pissed to find this out, i got the biggeest flat headed screwdriver that i could, and pounded it inbetween the bolt and the pan, almost to the point that it looked like it was gonna pot the bolt out, and started to turn it, it went a few threads and stoped, so i pounded the screwdriving in and pryed on it some more, and wala!, the rest of it unscrewed.. now i just have to take the oil pan off and i'm good to go hope this helps!

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