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How can you remove the drain plug from the oil pan if the head of the plug is damaged or stripped?


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2015-07-15 21:22:33
2015-07-15 21:22:33

best bet, get yourself a good pair of vise grips (locking plyers). If you do not own a pair, you local auto parts store or Home center sells them. If you can not get them off with vise grips, you will have to take it to you local mechanic.

Have somebody WELD a rod onto the stripped plug & use that 2 turn it -- then throw the rod & plug away & put in your new drain plug with a new gasket for the plug.

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If the standard socket does not fit, ( 5/8 ) then try and find another size to fit, even metric. This is the best to do, other wise, you will have to remove the head.

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To remove a pressed-in stud, you usually stack up a few washers and crank the stud out with an impact wrench on the nut. If the threads are completely stripped all the way down, you may have to take the head to a machine shop and have the stud drilled out and tapped for a screw-in stud.


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