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post #1 of 31 Old 02-20-2017, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Oil drain plug gasket removal

What a strange thing to stuggle with...the oil drain plug gasket removal. Each time I do an oil change it's a nightmare to get the old drain bolt gasket off, it doesn't seem to have room to clear the threads. The first time it was so bad I went to an automotive garage and the two of us were able to remove it, but what a large pain it was. Just did another oil change and the same problem. I use the stock Suzuki crushable drain plug gasket and once it is used/crushed it's horrible to remove it. I have tried unscrewing it - didn't work, tried prying it off with a screwdriver - very difficult but works, there has to be a better way?

Does someone have a trick to removing this stock drain plug gasket?
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Don't replace it until it starts leaking. It might never.

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The first time I did mine I thought it was made together and not replaceable, and re-used it a few times. Never did leak but it offended my sensibilities to not replace it. I was able to get the washer off by gripping it with some large-jaw pliers (maybe vise-grips) and pulling up while turning the bolt. After that I have always used the after-market solid aluminum washers that don't deform like the Suzuki ones.
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Just use large handle needle nose pliers. The crush gaskets are aviation standards, and although pricey, can, over time, let one know if a Harley or other bike has been parked in that spot.
I was taught to never reuse a gasket or washer, and our shop floor is spotless.
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Just use large handle needle nose pliers. The crush gaskets are aviation standards, and although pricey, can, over time, let one know if a Harley or other bike has been parked in that spot.
I was taught to never reuse a gasket or washer, and our shop floor is spotless.
My garage floor is free of oil from the many various bikes I have owned over the years, and not a one of them had the original crush washer changed out on the oil drain plug. I believe we all should do what makes us ultimately sleep well at night, but I sure see a lot of OCD tendencies and worrying over nothing on this forum as well "my opinion". I think the advice given on how to remove the washer is sound, but I personally wouldn't know.

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I've spent more time thinking about that blasted crush washer than it's worth and have never been able to think of how (or why) a new crush washer, once crushed, is any different, (let alone better), than an already crushed washer reinstalled and brought to the same compressed state as it had when initially crushed. I figure there is still some spring in it, but even if not it is soft enough to get the sealing job done.

Mine was replaced at 600 miles because it was in the shop, but in the 10+ oil changes since, the same one goes back, still conveniently on the plug, because it looks fine. I've never had a hint of leakage from the plug.

Replacing gaskets, as a rule, is a good idea because they get damaged or shift. But my oil plug crush washer is as good as new, and it certainly does not shift. The surfaces between which it seals are so flat that I doubt the crushing effect matters. Any soft material would be fine there.
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I would like to continue using these gaskets. But using a flat blade screwdriver and needle nose plyers seem primitive. Is there a special technique to remove them?
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Still not swayed to leave the gasket alone huh? LOL
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Easily ignored for many oil changes. If it leaks, change it.
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