Mechanics

OIL DRAIN PLUG

1998 Mercury Tracer • 86,000 miles

SAME PLACE HAS CHANGED OIL FOR PAST 36,000 MILES. LAST CHANGE ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY ARE TELLING ME I NEED A NEW OIL PAN. HUBBY SAID THE ONLY WAY IS BECAUSE THE PLUG WAS TIGHTENED TO MUCH OR CROSS THREADED.
CAN A PLUG JUST WEAR OUT?
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SHER
September 11, 2011.



A plug does not just wear out. Most likely they misthreaded it. Sometimes they can be repaired by using a tool to clean the threads then placing an oversized plug in it.
Ask them why it needs one. You need to make sure they tell you exactly why. Ask to see the drain pan and check the plug. See if the threads are messed up. You might even try to screw the plug in yourself to see if it threads in.
If they messed it up they need to fix it for free.

Promechanic
Sep 11, 2011.
GOOD LUCK WITH INFORMING THEM ON WHAT THEY SHOULD DO

I'VE SEEN MANY HORROR STORIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUPER QUICKIE FLUID CHANGIN' PLACES

I'VE ALWAYS DONE MY OWN WORK, AND OIL CHANGES, MAINLY 'CAUSE, I CARE ABOUT MY STUFF MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE DOES!

I SAT IN THE COMPANY PLUMBING TRUCK ONCE, WHILE THE SPEEDY FELLER, UNDERNEATH, USED AN IMPACT WRENCH TO REMOVE AND INSTALL THE PLUG. MY BOSS DIDN'T SEEM TOO WORRIED WHEN I TOLD HIM ABOUT IT EITHER!

AT LEAST THEY TOLD YOU SOMETHING, I'VE SEEN OTHERS GET A "FREE" RUBBER COMPRESSION PLUG OUT OF THE DEAL, WHEN THEY GOT STRIPPED OUT. IT WAS STUCK IT IN THERE, WITHOUT INFORMING THEM, THAT THERE WAS A PROBLEM. ONE OF WHICH FELL OUT SHORTLY AFTER IT WAS INSTALLED AND THE ENGINE SEIZED. TOOK 'EM OVER A YEAR TO WIN THE CASE FOR A NEW ENGINE, INCONVENIENCES WERE NOT PART OF THE DEAL. SORTA WIN THE BATTLE, BUT LOSE THE WAR.

I DO NOT LIKE THE COMPRESSION PLUGS, BUT THEY DO MAKE OTHER TYPES THAT WORK WELL. AS LONG AS AN IDIOT, FAILS TO MAKE IT WORK AS INTENDED.

THERE ARE MANY MANUFACTURERS OF THESE THINGS, AND YOU MAY HAVE TO SEARCH FOR JUST THE RIGHT ONE.

ON MY WIFE'S AND MAMA'S CAR (NOT STRIPPED, BUT JUST TO PREVENT IT), I INSTALLED A "QUICK TYPE DRAIN", SIMILAR TO THE ONE IN THE LINK. NO TOOLS ARE NEEDED TO DRAIN THE OIL, JUST PUSH IN AND TWIST, IT DRAINS. THIS IS A LITTLE SLOW, AS IT IS NOT A WIDE OPEN FLOW. (AT THE IDIOT LUBE, THEY'LL TAKE 'EM COMPLETELY OFF, THUS RENDERING THE REASON FOR HAVING IT, USELESS!).I HAVE SEEN THIS EXACT SAME KINDA DEAL, AVAILABLE IN A "OVERSIZE" TO COMPENSATE FOR STRIPPED THREADS, AND AS LONG AS IT SEALS GOOD AND ISN'T REMOVED, IT'LL BE A GREAT FIX!

NOT AS "HIGH SPEED", AS THE ABOVE, ANOTHER YOU ONE YOU CAN GET, RESEMBLES A PLUMBING BUSHING, WITH A SMALLER PLUG SCREWED INTO THE CENTER. AGAIN, AS LONG AS THE CENTER PLUG, IS THE ONLY THING REMOVED FOR DRAINING, EVERYTHING REMAINS HUNKY DORY! REMOVE THE OUTER PART, YOU RISK STRIPPING OUT EVEN MORE OF YOUR PAN HOLE.

I HAVE SEEN MANY DIFFERENT ONES OVER THE YEARS. I'VE ALWAYS HEARD THIS ONE CALLED A "PIGGYBACK"

REGARDLESS OF WHICHEVER TYPE YOU GET, IT WILL STILL BE A PAIN IN THE CABOOSE, YOU'LL HAVE TO INSURE THE SIZE IS CORRECT FOR YOUR PAN, AND THE OVERSIZE ONES ARE SOMETIMES A CHALLENGE TO START INTO THE HOLE, BECAUSE THEY ARE LARGER. AND AGAIN, YOU MUST INSURE "GOOFUS", DOESN'T TAKE THE WHOLE THING OFF, TO DRAIN YOUR OIL!

IN THE FUTURE, YOU MIGHT LOOK FOR ONE OF THOSE "WALTON'S MOUNTAIN TYPE" SMALL SERVICE STATIONS (EVEN IF COST IS A LITTLE MORE) THE SAME FELLER, WHO TAKES PRIDE IN HIS WORK, PERFORMS THE OPERATION EACH TIME. THE "FAST PLACES" SOMETIMES HIRE THEM "CREAM OF THE CROP" FELLERS. WELL, YOU KNOW, THINK THE IMPACT WRENCH IS THE WAY TO GO!

I HOPE THIS HELPS YOU SOMEHOW

THE MEDIC

Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
Sep 12, 2011.