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Fuels & Lubricants Discussion all about Fuels & Lubricants. synthetic oil, conventional oil, brands, change intervals, diesel grades, gelling and such debated items like that. Non TDI related postings will be moved or removed. This forum is NOT for the discussion of biodiesel and other alternative fuels.

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Old July 15th, 2006, 11:54   #1
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I am in the process of changing my oil, and as I'm under the car I can't get the oil plug off. I continue to second guess myself on which way I need to be turning it to get it off. Also, I'm not sure I have the exact size or bit on the wrench. I can't believe I'm asking these two question on here. Someone put me out of my mysery please. Thanks
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Old July 15th, 2006, 12:01   #2
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Did you remove the plastic cover underneath? Are you sure you are pulling the engine drainplug and not the transmission drainplug? The Engine drainplug requires removal of the plastic cover underneath and is located towards the side of the car that the fuel filler is on. I don't recall what size it is though, so I'm not much help at all, am I?

I think I'll go back to my yardwork now...
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Old July 15th, 2006, 12:08   #3
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I do not know the size of the plug. I have not changed my oil yet. A easy way to remember tight and loose for right hand threads, most things are right hand threads.
"Righty tighty, Lefty Loosey".

Looking at the head of the bolt or nut, clockwise tightens the bolt/nut, counter clockwise (anti-clockwise) loosens the bolt/nut. Please do not hdsitage to ask any question. The only stupid question is one that is not asked.

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Old July 15th, 2006, 12:08   #4
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It is located on the back of the engine Pan and you turn it counter-clockwise to remove.
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Old July 15th, 2006, 12:11   #5
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the engine drainplug requires a 19mm wrench.
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Old July 15th, 2006, 12:14   #6
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the engine drainplug requires a 19mm wrench.
Sheesh... finally someone that actualy can help.
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Old July 15th, 2006, 13:11   #7
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Thanks everyone, I was turning it the right way, and even afte I went and purchased the 19mm, it took a good couple pushes to get it to budge. Thanks
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Old July 15th, 2006, 15:23   #8
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Crisis over
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Old July 15th, 2006, 17:07   #9
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Just don't over tighten it putting it back in

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Old July 15th, 2006, 21:44   #10
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Ah, the benefits of a top drain! But it's still good to get underneath and look around.
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