Here, you’ll need to tighten the drain plug using the wrench set. If you press the drain cap, you can tighten the cables. The process is to check and re-tighten to make sure the plug and filter after a start and checking for leaks after 10 seconds of running. Yes, it is possible to overtighten an oil filter. After you’re done, install the new oil filter in your car. There are several different styles; you just need to choose the correct one for your application. I drained the oil and as I replaced the drain plug before dropping the pan, I noticed that the plug won't tighten, it keeps moving. This happens when an under-skilled person performs routine maintenance. There may be oil drain plug thread repairs, but I did not find any. If you're doing it wrong and over tightening, that crush washer will get thin quickly. When I was changing my oil, I took out of front drain plug and took out about a quart from there. Remove the oil drain plug again and inspect the threads. If you are in a tight spot and you don't have time to repair the threads in the oil pan, you could install an rubber drain plug for the oil pan. Now the bolt won't tighten I'm worried that I mightve stripped the threads or do I just need to find a seal washer and it will tighten back up. Screw in the oil drain plug and tighten it up against the oil pan. I recently attempt'd to change my oil. I ended up jacking the car as high as I could from the rear to get the oil to drip out from the front sump. Most everyone does. Be very very careful when tightening that pan bolt, always go to torque specs! My guess? I guess I just don't know my own strength! Make sure you’re using a wrench from the box set and you’re gently tightening the plug. If you strip it in this manner its already toast. Hey guys I just changed my oil for the first time and everything went fine except im not 100% sure about the drain plug. Jiffy lube university has videos and multiple modules just on the oil change process. Another reason which would make the oil drain plug stuck is over-tightening. I used one on an older Toyota for about 3 years with no troubles. If the O-ring is broken, this can cause the filter not to have a proper seal; and cause oil to eventually leak. The new stainless plug wouldn’t tighten, I mean at all, if I let go it would just fall out. Clean the drain plug and the drain hole on the oil pan and thread the plug back in be carfull not to tighten too hard with the wrench it only takes about 5 foot pounds. If I couldn't pull a duplicate oil sample for my own analysis, I would have towed it out of there to ensure that I could. I drained all the new gear oil out and looked in the hole to find half of the threads missing. If so, get a new drain plug washer. Unfortunately, you can do damage by overtightening things, too. As you may know, the engine oil drain plug threads into the oil pan. ther are many thread pitches and if wrong one used, could work its way loose. Re: Oil Drain Plug WON'T TIGHTEN exact same thing happened to mine when i bought it. You need to find one that has rubber that fits tightly against the drain plug shaft so the oil won't leak between the bonded washer and the bolt head. If it’s not there, buy one. On Nov. 11 I took my 2010 Honda Fit in for a routine oil change & transmission fluid change to the Express Lube associated with my local dealership. Now, granted, I'm working on the car on jack stands, laying on a creeper underneath it because I don't have access to a lift. All text book stuff, until i try to tighten the oil drain plug. When you over tighten the plug, you are damaging the screw pitch. If you're doing it right, you can re-use the washer many times before it gets noticeably thin and should be replaced. The oil pan is likely made of thin aluminum and will strip very easily. I feel stupid because I have done this over 100 times in my life with all my bikes. This stopped the leak and I rode for about 300 miles till the replacement pan came in. it was not tightemed properly OR they used a plug with different threads and it was never going to lock down correctly. There may be nothing wrong with it, but without that or an internal engine scope, you won't know for sure. I just kept truning the thing and it wouldnt come out. This holds true for, both, Twin Cams and M8 Touring models. This way, you can ensure it’s not over tightened. So i finished draining the oil. (Threads per Inch) Be sure to find out the correct size and TPI for your motor. I really was worried that I was going to crack the oil pan trying to get this plug out. I recently to my car in for a routine oil change and the technician did not tighten the plug. The general rule for changing out an oil filter is after you hand tighten it, take the oil wrench and give it a quarter turn to tighten it. A stripped oil pan drain plug can be especially frustrating because it will leave your oil drain plug loose causing a constant leak. How do you prove that the last dealer improperly tightened the drain plug or someone didn't just crawl under the car and loosen the drain plug. You need to prove your case obviously and you may need a witness like the mecanic where your car was towed and he saw the oil plug missing from the oil pan. It would suck to end up with a porous weld from oil … You crush the washer a small amount every time, if you're doing it right. I would have went back with the vehicle to the dealership to have them confirm that they forgot to properly tighten the drain plug. The 2 to 3 months later is what kills it. Perhaps an ex-wife, neighbor or unhappy worker? Lots of patience needed, if you have to let that thing drip for a day or so to make sure all the oil is out of it, then do so. Over tightening the oil filter can either strip the threading, or break the O-ring. Because the plug is tampered with so frequently, it can easily become the source of a leak. If you put a wrench on it and go much past a half turn past hand tight, you stand a real chance of messing up the sealing gasket, if you are lucky. Hopefully someone can point this newbie in the right direction. Most likely, though, it's just going to make it really difficult for the next guy to remove the plug and filter. It may be in the box with the new filter, look before you leave the parts store. If you have the receipt showing you paid to have the oil changed as you did, I would take this to small clain court. Be careful not to over-tighten; you only need to snug it up. Unless you are not very familiar with tools I doubt if you over-tightened. They took responsibility, but is it legal for them to replace parts (bearings) to an engine in a lube place and not at an actual mechanic shop? had to have a new bolt and had to have the hole drilled bigger. The most common places this happens in a motor is valve covers or intake manifolds bolting to aluminum heads or oil pan drain plugs threading into aluminum oil pans. 16 Posts . If you find oil streaks or puddles on the cardboard in the morning, then that’s a sign that there’s an active leak. Are you changing your own oil? I have never seen that happen. Decided to dump the oil so I removed the drain plug and there was no seal washer on the drain plug. Then I thought I would put the plug back on. I spent over an hour trying to get the drain plug out of this ALUMINUM oil pan. Step 6. Put oil plug back do not over tighten put the oil specified for your car and the right amount and your God to go.. How do you change oil on 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe? Universal Oil Drain Plug, Part Number: 65102. I think the crush washer just crushed a little more causing that "OH SH*(" feeling. This past Saturday, the exhaust began smoking. just a tip, I use Selley's 401 hi temp silicon, it is a sealant and adhesive silicon. My motor is a 1977 Johnson 55 horse and uses 3/8” drain plugs with 16 TPI. At times, people tend to over tighten the plug which causes many issues. And although it is more difficult to do, you can damage the rubber seal on the oil filter if you really overload. The oil drains out as soon as you remove the drain plug. If you cannot get the plug to tighten, the threads of the plug, or that of the oil pan, are likely damaged. Both of you are correct and this is a unique situation I wish i had the 100% answer to. I think the oil change module is like around an hour of clicking pages after the timer runs out. In an emergency I cleaned the area with brake cleaner and took some Steel epoxy two stage putty and pressed it in over the drain bolt and pan. I also had the same thing happen to the drain plug, but I loosened it then re-tightned it and it seemed fine. Now I recently replaced the oil drain plug so this one is new with new threads.. Do I need a new oil pan? If you over-tighten the drain plug, you can strip the threads. the guy had i bought it from had some shity mechanics this is why i do my own oil changes. Autozone offers this: Help/5/8 in. As far as how tight, you’re not tightening a lug nut, go easy. Oil Pan Leak Quick Fix. If it had happened a day or two later, that would be different. The engine is not a sealed system. And while it's harder to do, you can damage the rubber gasket atop the oil filter if you really overtighten it. Discussion Starter • #1 • Nov 27, 2006. I pulled over and turned off the car. To give you a buffer if you over tighten the drain plug. Then I went to the back plug and started to take it out, or so i thought. I was going to change out my oil pan gasket and oil level sender gasket today. In the store, we press the oil cap as long as we press a candle. The rubber plug is used as a temporary fix, and it's not meant to be a permanent fix. second day of owning it big oil puddle underneath my truck. Not sure what's going to happen to those threads. The oil plug was never tighten to proper torque obviously and came off. Each time your car gets an oil change, the plug is removed and reinstalled. If you don't have say a 6" box wrench pull it by pulling on the part of the handle very close to the plug..that way you won't over-tighten it. In the case where the plug is over tightened, you have to change the whole oil pan. First, slide a piece of cardboard under the engine and leave your vehicle sitting overnight. Do you not have any enemies that could have done it? What happens if you over tighten oil drain plug? I did not know they chaged the plug. I think as long as your guy knows his stuff, this is going to turn out okay. Did I strip the plug? There was oil all over the back of the car. What happens if you don’t take the oil cap off and you pull the drain plug? I removed the drain plug(no problems), drained the old oil and replaced the filter. These are also easily reusable. If the angle is more than a few degrees I'd go with the redneck approach and just tighten the drain plug into a glob of high temp silicone every time you change the oil. mine was so striped i was lucky the plug didn't fall out and freeze up my motor. The most common way oil cases become damaged is from Harley drain plug over tightening. That is what they did. Step 3: Tighten Drain Plug & Install New Oil Filter. Hi, your quickest fix with no hassle is to use the "Help" brand repair plug that uses a rubber core to expend into the hole as you tighten the outside nut on the plug. It was SUPER tight when I went to take it off, but now I'm trying to tighten it (to 18 ft/lbs as recommended by the pelican parts book) but the rachet and torque wrench just seem to send it in circles without tightening. 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