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Old 05-30-2017, 04:47 AM   #31
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Sometimes I put my plug on somewhat tight, but I always use a six-point heated treated impact socket (NOT with an impact wrench) and a 1/2 drive ratchet to take it off - never any problems with stripping the small 10mm head.

I used the parts store plug once and it leaked - you need to the O-ring type.

RockAuto sells packs of 3 or 4 O-rings. Next time you order filters, order some O-rings and get a good socket. You should never need to replace the bolt itself.
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Old 05-30-2017, 05:40 PM   #32
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Problem at most oil change places, dealers included, is techs think tighter is better, as in less chance of it leaking or coming off. The reality is, it's an o-ring seal, it works perfectly at just over hand tight, anything else is unnecessary. So many bad 'mechanics' out there that have no understanding of what they are doing, even with something simple like an oil change.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:44 PM   #33
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I remember when I rounded mine, I had to call my dad to go to AutoZone. I haven't had any problems since. I just let the car run for a while before I lower it so I can see if there's any oil leaking.
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I remember when I rounded mine, I had to call my dad to go to AutoZone. I haven't had any problems since. I just let the car run for a while before I lower it so I can see if there's any oil leaking.
I do the same thing. I let it run while I'm cleaning up and regrouping the tools and give it a good lookie-see to make sure nothing's amiss. I also as previously mentioned keep extra GM drain bolts and an oil filter cap on hand (also GM) along with extra oil should things go bad.

My car has the lower splash shield installed, when I do an oil change, I take that off so nothing will drip and make a mess. I'll run it with out the shield and then when things are good, put the shield back on.
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You should just get the nice 16mm steel one that auto zone carries. Trust me, no worrying about rounding that one.

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You should just get the nice 16mm steel one that auto zone carries. Trust me, no worrying about rounding that one.

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I had to install that one when I rounded the OEM one and didn't have an OEM spare (now I do). It was fine. I kept it on-hand. Dorman/R&B made it. I had a friend that used to work for them (we both worked in the automotive parts aftermarket for manufacturers).
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Metalnerd and SnailWerks racing sell a nice one that is also magnetic. Threw it on my car 2 weeks ago when I changed my oil.
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some may not like it but I run a Fumoto valve. no more rounding of fittings
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