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Old 12-03-11, 18:29
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went to do oil change on the old bird, sump plug stuck, split a socket trying to undo it, any pointers on what to do next???
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Old 12-03-11, 18:36
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Tell us what engine it is would be a start

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Old 12-03-11, 18:38
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Also try using a good quality socket if its split its clearly poor and make sure its a snug fit
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Old 12-03-11, 18:42
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get a good quality socket, try warming the engine up but be carefull not to get burnt, you could warm it up then crack it, drain it once its cold
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Old 12-03-11, 19:32
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sorry its 2.4D dont think its been drained since new
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Old 12-03-11, 21:28
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Ok so you have a 2.4D with alloy sump and 17mm hex large diameter sump plug.
These can be extremely tight and dificult to undo,i use a 6 sided impact socket and a 24" breaker bar.
On rare occasions when this has failed or some butcher has molested the 17mm hex i have had to cut the plug to release the tension on its sealing surface.
I have known people to try stilsons on them and complely ruin the hex and worse of all they put the ruined plug back in for the next guy to struggle with.

Try a 6 sided socket and (not a 12 sided) a breaker bar,if the 17mm hex is slightly marred then dress the flanks with a file so the socket can get a better grip on them.

If all else fails then it will need to be cut to relieve the tension,then it will undo easily but will also need replaceing.

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Old 12-03-11, 22:06
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Cheers aggie, think ive got a new 17mm socket, but ill order a new sump plug first...
There is some damage to the hex so ill dress that up too first, was just worried about damage to the sump mainly..
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Old 12-03-11, 22:18
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I have never damaged a sump when removing a plug and i have removed 100's of them.
Even if you need to cut it you stop cutting when you reach the copper sealing washer,before you cut into the sump.
If you cant release it with the six sided socket after dressing the 17mm hex then cut into the plug parallel and along one of the six sides of the hex then the opposite side of the hex until you reach the copper washer,so you have make two cuts in the plug either side of the hex.This is enough to release the tension and then you can undo the plug.

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Old 14-11-11, 20:40
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Hi AGGIE,

Not t trying to tread jack here , but My 2.5tdi has got PTFE tape around it and she Is now due for a service. my man sucked out the oil last time through one of the oil way's through the rocker cover, as he was unsure if the alloy sump thread would be so mullered , I would have to lash out on a new sump which with the gasket i think was over 220

Do you have any ideas what I should arm myself with before takling this task. What size is the sump thread as i could buy a tap but then i may end up getting swaf in the sump . Drill it go up a size if it's really buggered?

Or is there any gismo on the market which will sort it with no hassle
Thanks in advance

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Old 14-11-11, 23:21
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you could fit a fumoto valve
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