Stuck Oil Drain Plug


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seering
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Stuck Oil Drain Plug

Postby seering » Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:21 am



So last year I thought I was being a good boy, and I bought an oil change kit from WingStuff with a filter, filter wrench, oil drain plug, and several compression washers. I dutifully replaced the plug and washer when I did the change.

This year when I go to change the oil, I cannot get the drain plug out. The turning that I thought was removing it was simply rounding the corners on the drain plug. Yes...I was turning in the correct direction.

So I have seen several different ideas on the internet for removing stuck oil drain plugs including heating the pan with a torch, using a vice grips and using EZ Outs. I need to remove the belly pan to see for sure, but I'm thinking there is not enough room to use a vice grips. I do have EZ Outs.

Anyone have experience removing stuck oil drain plugs from GL1500s and the best way to solve it? I didn't find any suggestions on a quick search of the forums.

Thanks in advance.



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Re: Stuck Oil Drain Plug

Postby themainviking » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:16 am

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Re: Stuck Oil Drain Plug

Postby robb » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:40 pm

Sears has socket extractors that work great on damaged heads. Might need to tap lightly with hammer to fit properly.

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Re: Stuck Oil Drain Plug

Postby seering » Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:19 am

Thanks for the replies. I had seen these devices before, but didn't know what they were called. I'll get a set this week and see how they work.

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Re: Stuck Oil Drain Plug

Postby seering » Mon May 06, 2013 10:30 am

I ended up borrowing a set of Sears Extractors from a friend, pounded the one that fit the tightest on, and used my impact wrench to spin it off. Worked like a champ!

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Re: Stuck Oil Drain Plug

Postby Sempai » Mon May 06, 2013 9:30 pm

seering wrote:...used my impact wrench to spin it off. Worked like a champ!

I can guess what your initial problem was. You probably should stay away from them power tools on the Oil plug. Even if it was stuck on, you took the risk of worsening your situation, either by rounding the head off even more, or just breaking it off entirely.
Just my $0.02.
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Re: Stuck Oil Drain Plug

Postby Wingsconsin » Tue May 07, 2013 9:06 am

robb wrote:Sears has socket extractors that work great on damaged heads. Might need to tap lightly with hammer to fit properly.




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