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Old 10-09-2003, 04:30 PM   #1
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Well that went badly... was going to flush the SC oil myself. Pulled the SC cover off to get at the plug. Took out a 3/16 allen wrench which seemed to fit perfectly (the techinfo said something about a 1/4 plumber size...the 1/4 inch wrech was WAY too big).

At first couldn't budge the thing, then finally thought I did - when in reality I stripped the plug into oblivion. Comments about the lameness of the material used for this plug - what in the world am I going to do now? Is this something the dealer can fix? It figures the first thing I try and do this happens. I was using a craftsman socket holder too with the allen wrench, not some cheap tool either...

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http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...ght=strip+plug

I think this happens to all of us. When my started stripping, I started to use a 5 mm instead of the proper 4.5 mm and it is working fine for now. I will have to replace it soon, nonetheless. It'* a dealer only part, and I hate to pay $10 (Cdn) for a plug.
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A little patience, and the advice in that topic should do you just fine. Hang in there.
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I did that once. Always good to have spare plugs on hand. Whatever you do, don't get any metal shavings in the */C compartment. I stuck an easy-out in the hole, cocked it on an angle, and turned. Do not drill the easy-out through the hole. Use lots of liquid-wrench.
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I guess I will try the easy out. I don't think using the bigger wrench will work since the hole is basically a circle now, nothing to grab on. Thanks for the suggestions..

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OK, but do not use a drill with the easy-out. As soon as you drill through the plug, you will get metal shavings in there.

There are other things you can do too, like using a dremel to make a screwdriver slot, or putting in a screws next to the hole to grip on to.
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Happened to me as well, i just got a easy out, grinded it till it was thicker and fit the hole snug, tapped with a wrench, and worked fine, no drilling required, i just have to tap the easy out into the plug when i need to check my oil, i'll get a new one in time, but seems to work just fine for me, i don't tighten the living **** out of it either, thats were you start running into problems.
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Stupid question but - lefty loosey right? Counterclockwise to loosen? Just want to make sure...

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Yup, same as any other screw or plug.
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