Decided to dump the oil so I removed the drain plug and there was no seal washer on the drain plug. Discussion Starter • #1 • Feb 20, 2011. How to Tighten an Engine Oil Drain Plug – An improperly tightened engine oil drain plug can cause an engine oil leak. Eventually it will fall out. . I've had oil leaking from my oil drain bolt since I bought the truck. Cut it off and let it sit for 5 mins and then recheck oil level. I always do and never had problems. i assume this is due to overtightening? It was not so expensive fity bucks or so as I recall. All Hyundais have a reputation for being "oil-tight." That is what they did. So i finished draining the oil. it has to be nipped up with a tool. 1200 miles I guess is possible. Here, you’ll need to tighten the drain plug using the wrench set. and I have not been using any o ring or washer in past 6 years and it is just a flanged bolt that keeps the oil from coming back out, but have not had any issues with oil leaking out of drain plug until recently, why maybe? Then tighten the plug 1/4 turn. Hey guys I just changed my oil for the first time and everything went fine except im not 100% sure about the drain plug. I've never done an oil change before but I want to learn. Make sure you’re using a wrench from the box set and you’re gently tightening the plug. When changing the oil, I accidentally loosened the Oil Drain tube. 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. Double check my research, but I believe the spec for the oil drain plug tightening torque is around 32 ft lb. Finger tight talk is a recipe for a disaster. They install the drain plug and washer prior to painting the oil pan when manufacturing them. Novice DIY-er here, Wondering how tight the oil sump drain plug needs to be?? We had an oil change done at a quick lube type shop. I've had oil leaking from my oil drain bolt since I bought the truck. Step 3: Tighten Drain Plug & Install New Oil Filter. I recently to my car in for a routine oil change and the technician did not tighten the plug. Now that you are done don't forget to get rid of your used engine oil in a safe appropriate manner. Any how, I got it out and most likely I was being way too gentle with it. The manual specifies 40 - 58 Nm for the drain plug on the bottom, and 21 - 31 Nm for the drain plug on the side. So i finished draining the oil. and I have not been using any o ring or washer in past 6 years and it is just a flanged bolt that keeps the oil from coming back out, but have not had any issues with oil leaking out of drain plug until recently, why maybe? In the shop, we tighten the oil plug about as much as we tighten a spark plug. Suggest to buy a bevy of drain plug gaskets from Subaru and give one to the shop each time you have the oil changed. So far, this is all I can come up with, which is very vague. That's it your done. I did not know they chaged the plug. None have ever loosened on me (hundreds of oil changes in the last 30+ years), and all require the cap wrench to remove the dirty filter. I used "Big Bertha", my 1/2" breaker bar on my first oil change. After you’re done, install the new oil filter in your car. Tightening Oil Sump Drain plug. 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. There was no oil leakage or any sign of trouble up to the point where the plug came out; no oil in the … There are different types of oil drain plugs. Refill and check for leaks immediately. The best "feel" for how tight it should be is to "feel" how hard it was to remove the plug when you start the oil drain and then reestablish that feel when you re-install the plug. Most vehicles are equipped with a basic oil pan, and the basic oil drain bolt will require a little bit more torque. Torque the oil drain plug … If the threads are completely stripped it can even lead to the drain plug not fitting at all which would leave your engine completely empty of oil and unable to be ran. I have a Craftsman Mower with Kohler SV735 engine. I tried to tap on the rachet and it just wouldnt turn. 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