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Old 11-01-06, 12:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oil change...stuck (stripped?) oil pan bolt...

Yeah...I had my last oil change done a while ago, and I wanted to start doing oil changes myself. Anyways, No matter how hard or slowly I try and unscrew the oil pan bolt, the thing will not come off. I then screwed up the bolt by tuging too hard on the wrench and now the bolt is rounded off in 4 corners. can anyone help me with this?
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here's a dumb question, tell me you were turning the wrench the right way?

you are gunna need to go to the dealership to get a new bolt and crush washer, about $2...

then try to get some vise-grisp on that beast and get it off!!

if not, you'll prob have to take it to a mechanic who can get it off properly.
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drill it out is right, but you're going to have to drop the pan after that. you'll need to clean the pan out and make sure you get any piece of metal shards out of the pan.
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Before you drill it, try getting vice to the oil pan. Like stated above, Are you turning the right way? the oil pan is aluminum and it really cannot handle that much torque.. Possibly try to somehow wedge a 1 size smaller (try standard then metric).

Any hardware store will carry oil pan drain bolts for $1.29 + a washer.
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drill it out is right, but you're going to have to drop the pan after that. you'll need to clean the pan out and make sure you get any piece of metal shards out of the pan.
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Before you drill it, try getting vice to the oil pan. Like stated above, Are you turning the right way? the oil pan is aluminum and it really cannot handle that much torque.. Possibly try to somehow wedge a 1 size smaller (try standard then metric).

Any hardware store will carry oil pan drain bolts for $1.29 + a washer.
yeah, def DO NOT DRILL out the bolt after trying to first get it off with vise-grips... please please try the vise-grips first, and then if all else fails, take it somewhere..

if you dont have the skills to drill it, you def dont wanna atempt it, esp if you mess up and eff up you oil pan!! then not only will you have to search for a drain bolt, but for an oil pan as well...

and if you drill it and such, you are gunna need to replace the oil pan gasket, so please, save urself some cash and try the vise-grips first. not trying to kock what the guys said above, just trying to save you some cash.
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Replace the oil pan gasket no matter what.
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Vice-grips FTW! Those things are magic workers for stripped bolts.

My brother's Acura legend's oil-plug was always a pain in the ass to get off after the Acura shop messed with it. They like to bolt those suckers on tight!

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Replace the oil pan gasket no matter what.
How do you do that? or, what is it?
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I mean if you take off the oil pan. A gasket is a seal that prevents leaks, if you remove your oil pan you will loose the initial seal your gasket had and you will leak oil if you re-use it.

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i foregot Craftmans just came out with a new tool set that gets stripped heads off... fyi
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Bolt extractors, available at any reputable hardware/automotive store. Basically it has threads cut into the socket that will in turn cut into the bolt. Use a hammer and get it on and then put a socket into it and it will come off. Make sure you are turning it the right way. If that doesn't take it out then your not pulling on a bolt, your pulling on a piece of solid steel that just so happens to look like a bolt but is actually one with the unibody of the car. Please don't drill it out. So many safer options. If you miss new oil pans are expensive.
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Bolt extractors, available at any reputable hardware/automotive store. Basically it has threads cut into the socket that will in turn cut into the bolt. Use a hammer and get it on and then put a socket into it and it will come off. Make sure you are turning it the right way. If that doesn't take it out then your not pulling on a bolt, your pulling on a piece of solid steel that just so happens to look like a bolt but is actually one with the unibody of the car. Please don't drill it out. So many safer options. If you miss new oil pans are expensive.

very good piece of info, def save yourself and try everything but drilling.
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Thanks all for the advice! I got a vice grip and was able to pull off the bolt. Got mobile high mileage in there and the engine is running smooth!
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