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post #1 of 24 Old 12-23-2010, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Drain plug stuck in oil pan =(

So im changing my oil last night and the top half of my drain plug sheared off and is now stuck in the oil pan. Any advice on how to take this sucker out?
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left hand drill bit is the easiest...or a bolt extractor..local napa or car parts store has them...if you strip the threads,you will hav to get you a tap and rethread the sucker
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No i got the bottom half of the bolt out but the top half is in the oil pan somewhere.
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you're hosed. sorry. gonna have to take the pan down. unless you can somehow blindly fish the part out, line up the threads from the inside and back it out...

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Just a thought. I had a similar problem a few years back. I took a 4" long bolt and gave it 2 quick tack welds and then just screwed it out. I think the little bit of heat helped. I did this as a last resort mostly because I didn't like the idea of drilling it out.

Just a word of caution, you need to be very very very very careful any time you weld near an engine. Make sure that you have a good ground and disconnect the batteries. There is a concern when welding near bearings that you could cause arcing across the bearings.
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Sorry, I thought you meant that the top half was still threaded in.
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Sorry, I thought you meant that the top half was still threaded in.
No floating around in the pan. I dont know what the hell im going to do now. I hear dropping the pan is a real PITA
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I wouldn't worry about it then. The oil pickup screen will keep it from getting sucked up and it is heavy enough to not bounce around. For cautions sake you could stick a magnet to the bottom of the pan to hold it there.
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are you sure it wouldnt get sucked up into the motor because the last thing i want is a blown motor. I was thinking of the magnet option as well.
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cut a hole in the pan take it out and weld a patch in

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