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Jim Uran

Oil pan drain plug

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I went to change the woman's 08 Ford Focus's oil and I seen that the drain plug was stripped, I couldn't get it off with the 13mm that it took so I didn't mess around anymore, do you know if a parts store carries these or is it dealership only. I could call and ask, but up this way nothing is open on Sundays.

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Most parts stores should have drain plugs.

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Yeah, last time I changed our Accord I had to buy a new plug. I just ran to O'Reilly and they were able to look up what I needed.

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If its a 14mm x 1.5 thread than there pretty common and readily available just about anywhere (NAPA #7041929) . The aftermarket one may or may not look like the O.E. one but I would make sure it looks pretty close (at least the same size flange with the rubber gasket) the head size may also be different which isn't a big deal unless you don't have that size wrench!

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Good, now I can get that sucker off by any means, after I buy a new drain plug of course. Thanks guys!

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I found that a channel-lock pliers worked well. Otherwise, a vise-grips will do it!

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I used a gift certificate for a free change and later discovered that the place had messed up my plug and replaced it with a generic model that unscrews but stays attached to the oil pan. Now when I change the oil, it spatters all over the place and creates a nice mess.

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That place would be replacing the oil pan if it where mine! Unless you did the last oil change?

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