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Old 04-29-2016, 07:21 PM   #1
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Never in my life have I had so much trouble loosening an oil drain pan plug, mine is 13mm, and is tighter then any plug I have ever had to remove.
Also what the hell were they thinking putting the transmission pan so close?
I cannot even get a socket on it because there is not enough room, so wrenches are my only hope.
Sucks though because most 13mm wrenches are small.
I tried one, used something to give it leverage, and the wrench broke, lol
I am worried the plug is going to strip if I cannot figure something out, I may even have to take it to a shop and let them put it on a lift to do it, that way they can get more leverage.

Unless somebody has an idea of how I can get a 13mm 6pt socket on it, and be able to turn it..
I'm going to have to order a replacement plug and washer just to be on the safe side once it is removed.
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Geez what the heck did they do, air wrench the darn thing on?
Do you have any ramps there?
I really can't see what you are facing there access wise, but in my arsenal of tools I have a long handle extendable ratchet, which generally allows for tight stuff to get loosen quick.
As long as the flex socket can be on straight & tight, you then have a good chance of breaking it free.
Also warm pan will be best, I wish I could come over & help...
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Feels like they impacted it n like morons, I made sure I was turning it lefty loosey, and I had the car up on jackstands, I could have raised it a little more, but with my non level driveway I was not trying to push it to much..
For a bolt that should be only 22 ft lb'* it should have budged a bit.
The room from the head of the bolt to the transmission pan is maybe 2"-3" if that, so I can fit a socket on it, but not if it is attached to a socket wrench..
I am guessing the only chance I have of getting a socket on there is with a flex head socket wrench, and flexible socket.
Since I broke the only 6pt 13mm wrench I have, I have to find another one on Amazon or somewhere, and look for a small pip that will fit over it for a little more leverage, of course so far the only 13mm 6pt wrench I can find come in a whole Craftsman set..
If I cannot figure out something I'll have to pay a shop, and money is getting less abundant...
If I round off the bolt I am not sure how I'll get it out considering how tight it is..


Also I think I went overboard with my Aluminum/Steel 3 Ton floor jack, it is a heavy monster, lol
Here is a video of a guy un-boxing the same jack.
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Going to get this and see how it works, I need to find a small pole to put on it in case I need leverage.
Metal Flex-Head Open End Wrench Combination Spanner 13mm - - Amazon.com Metal Flex-Head Open End Wrench Combination Spanner 13mm - - Amazon.com

I think I'll also get this just in case I have enough room to make it work.
GearWrench 80336 3/8-Inch Drive 6 Point Flex Socket 13mm - - Amazon.com GearWrench 80336 3/8-Inch Drive 6 Point Flex Socket 13mm - - Amazon.com

And I am sure I'll need this.
Amazon.com: Dorman 090-156 Oil Drain Plugs: Automotive Amazon.com: Dorman 090-156 Oil Drain Plugs: Automotive

I would just buy one bolt from RockAuto, but shipped it is 5.00 total, for 15.00 I get 5 of them, so if I want I can replace it every time I change the oil..
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Nice Jack, although you think they could have assembled the screws with locktitie?
Well I hope you find a new socket, and a way to get that super tight drain plug removed.
Even tho I can't make it over, I could cheer you up by sending some help your way!

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Snap On makes extra long 13, 15, and 18mm 6 point wrenches.....
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Ya that flex head 13mm wrench along with 6 point flex socket looks good!
IDK I guess my screen did not refresh & missed post #5.
I hope you get that sucker loose! Good to have new drain plug ready too!
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I tried looking for an extra long 13mm on Amazon but could not find it Gus, if what I got fails I'll look again, all I seen available as single wrenches were 12pt ones.

Art, yeah I am hoping that wrench with flex point socket will do the trick, I just hope I did not round the head too much, I stopped as soon as I felt it slip, but as tight as it is who knows how it will go.
I did order a pack of new plugs, I'll have 5 for 15.00, so I'll just replace the plug every time I drain the oil, as I could not find the gaskets for them, I suppose I could have went to a hardware store...
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If you really want leverage, Lisle makes a belt tensioner tool that comes with an assortment of sockets.....



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