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post #1 of 16 Old 06-30-2006, 12:36 AM
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S.O.S. -- I Stripped My Dang Oil Drain Plug!!

I'm an idiot, this I know. This is my second oil change on my wee. The first one went fine.

When trying to get the drain plug off, I may have turned it the wrong way using quite a bit of force :evil: . Now, the head seems to be stripped, and I don't know how to get it off.

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post #2 of 16 Old 06-30-2006, 01:10 AM
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So it's the head, and not the threads??
I'd take a quick spin to Sears and buy the stripped nut set they have. It clamps down on any rounded nut/bolt head..

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...id=00952166000

$30.. Money well spent.. If you have this kit, you'll never strip another head.. :lol:

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post #3 of 16 Old 06-30-2006, 01:18 AM
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So it's the head, and not the threads??
I'd take a quick spin to Sears and buy the stripped nut set they have. It clamps down on any rounded nut/bolt head..

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...id=00952166000

$30.. Money well spent.. If you have this kit, you'll never strip another head.. :lol:

Awesome. I will be heading over there tomorrow. THANKS!

P.S. It's definitely the head, but maybe also the threads? Don't know yet, because I can't get the plug to turn at all.
 
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Run the engine a while to get it warm before you try to take it out. Then use the sears device or a big honkin' set of vice grips and clamp down on the head of the bolt. Make doubly sure you know which way to turn it and try to turn it. If it is still stuck, take a rubber mallet and beat lightly on the end of the vice grips while turning with the other hand. This simulates an impact wrench and really helps loosen things without too much torque.


Just make sure the oil pan and bolt are good and warm when you do this.
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Run the engine a while to get it warm before you try to take it out. Then use the sears device or a big honkin' set of vice grips and clamp down on the head of the bolt. Make doubly sure you know which way to turn it and try to turn it. If it is still stuck, take a rubber mallet and beat lightly on the end of the vice grips while turning with the other hand. This simulates an impact wrench and really helps loosen things without too much torque.


Just make sure the oil pan and bolt are good and warm when you do this.
Thanks. Good advice. I went out to Sears today and bought the recommended product. Haven't given it a shot yet, but as soon as I get a few minutes, I will.
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let us know how ya get on, in the kinda thing id do

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its the kinda thing id do, cant spell me

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post #8 of 16 Old 06-30-2006, 11:16 PM
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and don't forget it's righty-tighty, lefty-loosy (as you're peering at the head of the bolt...)
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post #9 of 16 Old 07-03-2006, 10:03 AM
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I almost ran into a similar problem the other day when I changed my oil. I started cranking the drain bolt the wrong way. I got thru about 1/4 turn when I noticed it getting tighter :shock:. No harm done, but time to slow down and be more careful.

I suspect that drain bolts are generally made of a lower-strength grade of steel so that they strip before the threads of the case do. The previous owner of my XR partially stripped its drain bolt and I finished the job a couple months ago; the threads of the case were OK.

By the way, the only place I could get non-energy-conserving 10w-40 around here on Saturday (Canada Day holiday) was the Husky station so I used the "Chevron Supreme" brand oil they had. The Strom seems to like it just fine.

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Am I missing something here? Is the head still attached to the bolt?
If it is you should be able to get it off with a pair of vice grips or a good quality socket. Make sure you are turning in the proper direction.
Try using an SAE size sometimes it's just a hair smaller and you can pound the socket onto the stripped bolt and remove it that way.
Other thing you can try is to use a chisel or a nail set and hit the side
of the bolt. I have looosened plenty of stripped screws and bolts in that manner.

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