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post #1 of 22 Old 08-31-2009, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Plug Crush Washer Installation

Which way does this thing go on, with the flat part against; a) the bolt head, or b) the crankcase? I'm having a bit of a headache with my oil change now and I think it's because last time I put the bloody washer on backwards -- part of it got drawn up into the bolt hole.
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The flat part goes against the crankcase. I got wrong info about it before so remember it well now.

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Thanks for confirming my thinking, Greywolf. Yes, that would be the exact opposite of what I did last time. Gah!
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Yep, Pat gives good advice!!!

Funny thing about that crush washer...it's installed the exact opposite way one would think it should be installed...due to the "recession" is the bottom of the engine...but that's the way it is...

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Maybe I should replace mine one of these days. Afterall, the current one has almost 70k miles on it. LOL

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Are you guys 100% sure? I changed my oil the other day, already had the dealer do the 600 mile service(LOL), and the flat side of the washer was against the bolt head??? Cheers-BB

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Are you guys 100% sure? I changed my oil the other day, already had the dealer do the 600 mile service(LOL), and the flat side of the washer was against the bolt head??? Cheers-BB
The problem is, if you place the curved part up, it can get into the interface between the sump and the screw and get torn. Neither the service manual nor the user manual mention the washer. This thread is just one more indication that putting the non flat side against the sump can cause a problem. It is a rare problem though.

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I agree with you, just either Suzuki or the Suzuki service tech didn't know this, I haven't changed the washer myself yet (only the 2nd oil change), but when I do I'll probably go buy a alum crush washer and not have to worry about it. Cheers-BB

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Crush washer?

I was wondering why there was no crush washer on the Strom. Four oil changes into this thing and now I know why. . .

Guess I will have to get one of those next time I head to the 'zuk dealer. Luckily, I never stripped that bolt out. . .

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The crush washer disappears into the bolt head. Take a knife to the area and you'll find it. My bike has been through about a dozen changes on the original washer.

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