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#3744239 - 42 minutes 22 seconds ago Oil drain plug design causes a mess.
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Registered: 12/13/02
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Loc: North Carolina
The oil plug on my CTD "Cruze Turbo Diesel" is one I have never seen before.

I can say it makes one heck of a mess, since as soon as you back it out two threads it starts to flow oil everywhere. We all know, diesel oil sucks being so black and it gets hot.

Anyhow, here is a picture of my drain plug. Just don't understand why GM designed it this way. Must be a reason. If I can put a Fumoto valve in, that is what I plan on doing. Just got to make sure it will work and not mess anything up. Can't see why it would.

On to the pictures.



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#3744246 - 34 minutes 55 seconds ago Re: Oil drain plug design causes a mess. [Re: Rat407]
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Looks like they don't want you to remove it.just unscrew it enough to drain.
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#3744249 - 30 minutes 31 seconds ago Re: Oil drain plug design causes a mess. [Re: Rat407]
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Remove oil fill cap, then loosen plug so it can drain without a mess.
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#3744254 - 22 minutes 31 seconds ago Re: Oil drain plug design causes a mess. [Re: Rat407]
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From the vantage point of my armchair, it looks like the oil is supposed to flow down through it? Maybe it was designed by an engineer who pays someone else to change his oil...

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#3744263 - 13 minutes 58 seconds ago Re: Oil drain plug design causes a mess. [Re: Ethan1]
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Originally Posted By: Ethan1
Maybe it was designed by an engineer who pays someone else to change his oil...

Or for the dealer tech who is going to loosen to drain, then move on to the vehicle in the next bay and come back a half-hour later, so he won't care how slowly the oil drains.
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#3744264 - 11 minutes 43 seconds ago Re: Oil drain plug design causes a mess. [Re: Rat407]
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Registered: 12/13/02
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I did vent the system by opening the fill cap. The mess is the oil flows back toward the oil pan as it hits the front of the plug coming out. so it was dripping from four different areas of the aluminum oil pan.

I found the Fumoto Valve that fits it. Going to order it and install on next oil change. I have the FV on my truck and Acadia and love it.

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#3744266 - 10 minutes 3 seconds ago Re: Oil drain plug design causes a mess. [Re: Tegger]
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Registered: 12/13/02
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Originally Posted By: Tegger
Originally Posted By: Ethan1
Maybe it was designed by an engineer who pays someone else to change his oil...

Or for the dealer tech who is going to loosen to drain, then move on to the vehicle in the next bay and come back a half-hour later, so he won't care how slowly the oil drains.


That makes sense and they can put the catch pan right up next to the oil pan so it would not splash as bad. But for us DIMS'ers it makes a mess.

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#3744270 - 7 minutes 41 seconds ago Re: Oil drain plug design causes a mess. [Re: Rat407]
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Registered: 05/06/15
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Actually I like this design, it appears they are trying to keep the oil from splattering outside the oil drain pan when it is being serviced.

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